It’s the beginning of a new year and we are wishing our good looking family a very happy and prosperous new year. With every New Year, comes New Year resolutions and a resolution to lose weight is out most common. If you are one of them, if you are finally determined to shed that extra bulk in your body but don’t know where to start, there are chances that you may end up with some common mistakes which you will regret later and it is always said that prevention is better than cure. Losing weight is a journey and in that journey, you’ll be around many people who will give different suggestions explaining how certain things worked for them. They will advise you to try different supplements claiming irresistible results and long cardio sessions that helped them lose weight. Let me tell you one thing that not everybody has the same body type. You will come across many myths which may sound correct or fascinating which anyone can fall prey to. In this article, I am covering the most common and basic myths that I have came across in my own journey to lose weight.
Here are the 5 most common beliefs that turned out to be myths which you may come across while your weight loss journey.
1) Cardio is the only solution!
One of the most commonly believed myth is that cardio is the ultimate solution. You will be advised that only long cardio sessions can help you shed out that belly fat. To some extent it is true. In the beginning it will help but soon your body will adapt to the routine and lose fewer calories resulting in slowing down of progress.
On the other hand, doing long cardio sessions will also end up eating your hard earned muscles. Meanwhile strength training is a vital part of your workout if you’re trying to lose weight – and it won’t make you bulk up (unless that’s your goal). It basically aids to develop lean quality muscle, decrease body fat percentage and increase the metabolic rate. So, if you’re only doing cardio workout, switch to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and don’t forget to pick up dumbbell next time in your gym.
2) Long fasting aid in weight loosing.
To lose weight and earn your desired physique is a journey, and likewise in any journey, taking a shortcut without knowing the shortcomings may work against you. Correct fasting techniques does help you to reduce the weight but when you dramatically reduce your calorie intake it also leads to the muscle loss which you have built with your hardship in gym. All in all you will not find the net valuable results for your efforts. Instead of starving your lovely body, follow a nutrition plan according to your body type which have the right balance of macros and micros and still calorie deficit.
3) All fats are bad.
Again it is one of those common myths that you would have or may come across. Fats are necessary for our body. As long as calories are within range it will not make you fat. We need to understand that there are two types of fats: (i) Saturated fat and (ii) Unsaturated fat.
During your weight loss journey, choose healthy unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats. Saturated fats are mostly present in high-fat meats, whole milk, cream, lard, butter, cheese and ice cream. Replace it with healthier vegetable oils, fish oil, flaxseed, avocados, hummus, nuts or seeds. In fact nuts which contain a good amount of unsaturated fat helps in losing weight by suppressing the hunger.
4) Spot Reduction!
Spot reduction was once the greatest myth in the fitness industry and to some extent still exists. Let me tell you one thing that we cannot lose body fat from just one specific portion of our body. You just cannot get rid of your belly fat or love handles by doing countless sit-ups, crunches, and leg raises.
Some areas, such as the stomach, may have higher concentrations of body fat, and these stores of fat will be the last to go but you cannot reduce it from only those stores. When you lose fat, you lose fat from your entire body.
5) Fat Burner pills and other supplements.
There is no doubt that you want to shed you extra weight very fast. Who doesn’t? Industry takes leverage of people’s desperation to cut down the fat and introduce fascinating pills which do nothing but harm. No, I don’t have any personal grudges but ask yourself a question: Is a diet pill, which promises to make you lose 10lbs in a week, telling you the truth, i.e. the function of the tablet is to burn fat? These products claiming quick weight loss often contain a mixture of diuretic ingredients (such as dandelion root, watermelon, oats and coffee) that reduce water retention while making you to urinate more frequently which will indeed result in loss of small amount of body weight but in the form of body fluids. It will help you lighten your weighing scale but will not lower down your body fat percentage. Instead, prolonged consumption of such products may cause serious harm to your body.
These are some of the most common myths that you may or might have already came across and we recommend that the far you will be from these myths, the better will be your journey.