Atkins or paleo? Gluten free or low fat? Weight training or cardio?
We have all heard that eating healthy, nourishing food and following a consistent exercise program are the two keys to losing weight and living a healthy, active life. The problem is that there is so much information in books and on the Internet about different diets and exercise programs. It can be a full time job just figuring out how to get healthy!
And what happens when eating right and exercising isn’t giving you the result you desire? There may be other factors at play that affect your ability to lose weight.
The #1 reason why most people fail to achieve their wellness goals is that 90% of the information available to them is wrong or deliberately misleading.
Read on for five of the biggest myths that could be holding you back from seeing results.
MYTH #1: Eating fat makes you fat.
FACT: No. It’s the inability to burn fat that makes you fat. Chronically overweight people burn carbs very easily, but they burn stored fat only with much difficulty (if at all). It takes the right knowledge and a measured effort to become a fat burner. It doesn’t happen by itself.
MYTH #2: To lose weight, just cut calories.
FACT: Cutting calories is the answer to weight loss only if you’re already in good health and have a diet and exercise program tailored to your physical makeup and stress levels. For most people with stubborn weight, the very last thing they should be doing is cutting calories because it doesn’t work.
MYTH #3: Overweight is a disease that leads to other diseases.
FACT: Overweight is a symptom of diminished wellness — a wakeup call that things are going wrong in your body. It’s the same diminished wellness that leads to common diseases such as hardened or clogged arteries, hypertension, stroke, and diabetes. So excess fat doesn’t really cause these diseases for the most part, it’s just a warning sign that you’re suffering from bad habits and poor health.
MYTH #4: The main purpose of body fat is to insulate and cushion you.
FACT: The body has chemical messengers that trigger fat to be stored as energy. If you’re overweight and can’t lose those unwanted pounds, your chemical messengers (hormones) are not functioning properly.
MYTH #5: People are losing weight on modern weight-loss diets.
FACT: The largest study of weight loss has shown that diets do not work for the vast majority of dieters and may even put lives at risk. “You can initially lose 5 – 10% of your weight on any number of diets,” says researcher Dr. Traci Mann, “But after this honeymoon period, the weight comes back. We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more. Sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority.”
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