Fat Loss Myths Debunked
66.7% of overweight individuals have tried methods of fat loss in the past. If you’ve ever put on a few extra pounds, you’ve likely followed the same fate.
There are so many myths and stories passed around about fat loss. For those who are trying to lose weight, these fat loss myths can hinder weight loss goals.
In order to meet your weight loss goals, you have to understand what’s true and what’s not about fat loss. The more that you understand your body and how it works, the better you’ll be able to lose fat.
Keep reading to learn more.
Myth #1: All Calories Are the Same
The most common weight loss goals have to do with counting calories. We download applications and counters to help us keep up with the number of calories that we’re ingesting on a daily basis.
But, most of these counters are only perpetuating the myth that all calories are the same.
When you’re inputting your caloric intake into these applications, most of them are counting the calories from a slice of cake as equal to the calories from a salad. Since each food item has a different nutrient density, these types of calories are not equivalent.
Even if they have the same number of calories, those calories do not act the same in your body.
Your body has to work harder to process the calories from vegetables, legumes, and other like food items. So, your body is expending more energy to eat these things. Thus, you’re setting a higher basal metabolic rate and burning more fat along the way.
Myth #2: All Carbs Are Bad
Low-carb diets are one of the most common diets for people to go on if they’re trying to burn fat. There are plenty of people who try gluten-free alternatives even if they don’t have a gluten intolerance.
But, carbs aren’t bad.
In fact, they’re great sources of energy and fiber. Plus, the bacteria in your gut rely on carbs.
When it comes to eviscerating different types of fat, you may want to opt for low-fat diets. This may be more specific towards your fat-loss goals.
If you need more proof, people living in Blue Zones (the areas of the world where people live measurably longer) eat plenty of carbs.
Myth #3: You Have to Eat Small Meals Frequently
There’s a diet ideal that says that eating smaller meals more frequently is the best way to control your appetite. The reasoning behind this idea is that eating throughout the day will help stabilize your blood glucose. In turn, you won’t be as hungry throughout the day.
However, this has been debunked by the Journal of Nutrition. They found that the opposite was true: consuming more frequent and smaller meals made people want to consume more throughout the day.
All in all, you should eat when you’re hungry. Your daily meal plan should revolve around how your body is feeling.
Myth #4: You Have to Eat Breakfast
Along the same line as the last myth we just talked about, some people believe that you have to eat breakfast to bolster weight and fat loss.
This isn’t true.
Breakfast is yummy, but it’s not a deal-breaker when it comes to your weight loss goals. As we said with the last fat loss myth, you should eat when you’re hungry.
If you’re not hungry in the morning, don’t force yourself to eat.
Myth #5: Juice Cleanses Are a Must
No juice cleanse is magic. Don’t get swept up by promises of fat loss through these drinks.
Only drink these cleanses if you truly enjoy them and feel good afterward.
The weight that you may lose while you’re on them is just a marker of your water weight. So, if you’re looking to lose fat quickly, this isn’t the best choice.
Myth #6: We Don’t Need Any Fat in Our Diets
Many people think that our bodies don’t need fat. Since fat is a long-term fat storage source, people think that they don’t need it if they have short-term sources of energy.
However, it’s not that simple.
Our bodies need fat even if it is a long-term energy supply. Just like protein and carbohydrates, your body needs fat to operate normally.
Fat makes up a part of every single cell in our body. And, fat makes up different organs in our body. It’s also one of the things that helps prevent organs from rubbing together harshly.
Different types of fat also provide essential fatty acids that our bodies can’t make. Plus, it helps regulate hormones, the temperature of our bodies, the function of our immune systems, reproductive functions, and more.
Myth #7: Fat Raises Blood Glucose
Some people avoid fat in their diets because they think that it raises blood glucose. This is one of the main reasons that many diabetics go on low-fat diets.
To improve your A1C and reduce insulin resistance, you have to consume good fats. This includes types of fats like monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Moreover, pairing carbs with protein and fat can help reduce blood sugar.
All in all, the types of foods that you ingest matter more than the makeup of those foods. You have to eat foods that are nutritious and nutrient-dense.
If you eat foods that are good for your body, you’ll find that weight loss and fat loss will come with it. Further, you may start having more energy and thinking more clearly.
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Fat loss isn’t as complicated as it may seem. The problem is that there are too many fat loss myths that throw people off of their weight loss goals.
Forget all of these fat loss myths and find out the truth behind how your body works.
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