Most people are overweight today, and many would like to remedy that situation. That means there is a huge market to sell products and information to people to help them lose weight. The problem is that much of this information is contradictory. It’s hard to tell which information is good, and which isn’t. In this article you’ll learn some of the biggest myths out there, so you can lose the weight you want without wasting any time with ideas that simply don’t work.
The first major myth, that is taking quite a long time to die, is that all fats are bad. For a while, “fat free” was the best thing you could put on a product to make it sell. The problem is that there are two kinds of fats. Good fats, which lower dangerous cholesterol and are great sources of energy, and bad fats, which are incredibly hard to burn as energy, and do nothing but clog up your arteries. Good fats are unsaturated fats, found in olive oil, nuts, and fish. Bad fats are saturated fats found in meat and most other oils.
Another commonly held myth is that in order to lose weight, you must turn into some ultra marathon runner, or spend hours at the gym every night. The truth is, with some basic strength training, either with weights or old fashioned push ups and sit ups, you can increase your lean muscle mass, which will increase your metabolism. With a higher metabolism, it’s much easier to lose weight.
One myth that is widely believed to be the best way to lose weight is to eat several small meals during the day. This makes sense, but it actually prevents you from losing fat. Your body needs at least three or four hours after you eat to start converting fat into energy. By eating small meals throughout the day, you are preventing your body from doing this. Even if your small snacks are carrots and celery, you are sabotaging your own efforts.
Unfortunately, the biggest myth is one that we’d love to believe the most. And that is that you can lose weight quickly. Every pound of fat on your body is worth 3500 calories. So if you starved yourself,and didn’t eat anything, you might lose a pound of fat every two or three days. That would seriously mess your system up, and you’d end up in the hospital. On the other hand, you could spend about six hours a day on the stationary bike. That way you’d lose a pound a day. That is just as unlikely. The cold hard truth is that it takes time to gain wait and it takes time to lose weight. Don’t waste any time, money or energy on quick fixes.
When you stick to the basics, three healthy meals a day, a decent amount of exercise, and plenty of time, losing weight will be automatic. You’ll slowly change your lifestyle into that of a slim, healthy, attractive person.