Have You Fallen for these Health and Fitness Myths?
With about half of the population wanting to lose weight and roughly a quarter actively working toward it, weight loss is a popular topic of conversation for people of all walks of life. However, not all of the information and advice circulating over the internet or by word-of-mouth is accurate. If you’re trying to lose weight, some of these myths and misunderstandings may be standing in your way:
1.) I Can Lose Weight By Starving Myself
Many diet and weight plans rely only on telling their people to cut their calorie intake to non-sustainable amounts. All of these plans have the same fatal flaw: The results aren’t permanent. This is because your weight will start to go up again as soon as you stop dieting and go back to your old habits. For permanent weight loss, you need to permanently change your lifestyle. This means small, incremental changes and healthy habits rather than an invasive and hardcore overhaul.
2.) A Calorie is a Calorie
On the surface, weight loss seems to be a simple calculation: All you have to do is burn more calories than you consume. If it’s a matter of simple mathematics, it shouldn’t matter where you get those calories from.
The reality is much more complicated. Different foods affect your body in different ways. Your body utilizes proteins, carbohydrates and fats for different purposes, so calories from one cannot be freely substituted with calories from another. Similarly, some foods can be calorie-dense without offering any vitamins, minerals or other nutritional benefits. If you’re trying to live a healthy lifestyle, you need to look at the big picture of what you’re eating rather than focusing on the numbers.
3.) Weight Loss is All About Willpower
There is certainly willpower involved in making good dietary decisions. However, obesity is not necessarily the product of poor impulse control. Many other factors are at work behind weight gain or difficulties with weight loss. Hormonal imbalance, metabolism, genetic factors and more can all play a role. If you’re struggling to lose weight, you need to remember that you have not “failed” or been weak; you may just have a harder time than other people due to factors outside of your control. Be gentle with yourself and keep moving toward improving your lifestyle while adjusting your pace and your goals to be more realistic to your limits.
Weight loss is a challenge, and the same techniques will not work for everyone. If you’re struggling to reach your ideal weight, contact Natural Bio Health today. We’ll be happy to meet with you for a one-on-one consultation and personalized weight loss program to help you reach your goals.