Weight Loss: Debunking Myths and Misconceptions About Restrictive Diets, Varieties of Carbohydrates, and Extra

Weight Loss: Debunking Myths and Misconceptions About Restrictive Diets, Types Of Carbohydrates, and More Photo Credit: iStock Images

Key highlights

  • A wide range of weight loss information is now available at your fingertips
  • People often fall into the trap of some myths and misunderstandings and end up endangering their health
  • Here are some common misconceptions about what’s healthy and what’s not – when it comes to weight loss.

New Delhi: Weight loss is a long process that requires constant effort, persistence, and perseverance. People who want to lose weight are exposed to a lot of information on the Internet. Everyone they know also has their own story about how they or someone they knew lost weight. However, access to such a wide range of information can lead to confusion, and ultimately the spread of myths and misconceptions about weight loss, foods to eat, diets to follow, and more. If one falls into the trap of following such myths, they are likely to put their health at risk and therefore it is absolutely not recommended.

“In health and fitness, there are so many misconceptions about what is healthy and what is not. There are so many confusing opinions on such topics,” agrees Simrun Chopra, Deep Health Coach and Founder of Nourish With Sim. Here are some weight loss misconceptions that you must not believe.

Weight Loss Misconceptions We Must Not Fall For

Know what isn’t working:

While there are some myths that have a gray area, there are certain inevitable facts. Facts that cannot be questioned. According to Ms. Simrun, you know what doesn’t work when losing weight:

  • Restrictive Diets
  • Fixed menu diets
  • Cut out whole food groups like carbohydrates for no good reason.
  • Demonize food

The more you limit yourself, the more you try to find the perfect diet, or the more rules you make for yourself, the harder it becomes. Imagine everyone at home eats pav bhaji but your diet includes a set menu that says you must have cooked channa and vegetables. Here’s what might surprise you. There is nothing wrong with pav bhaji or rice or roti or even a plate of delicious biryani.

Understanding fat loss and how it happens

Fat loss is based on a structured deficit that results from healthier eating habits and targeted systematic physical activity.

Stop falling for myths that are purely marketing-driven

You don’t need to be on a diet just because you know a celebrity who does, and especially if it restricts foods. You should only avoid food if you cannot tolerate something. “If you can’t tolerate something, avoid it. If you have celiac disease, avoid gluten,” suggests Ms. Simrun.

Here are some more myths you shouldn’t believe:

  • You cannot detoxify your body from the outside. Your organs do this for you from within.
  • Carbohydrates are important.
  • Protein shakes are only needed if you can’t get them from your daily food intake.

We are fed so much marketing material these days that it becomes very difficult to distinguish between truth and marketing fiction. Research. Look deeper into things that instinctively worry you. Be careful. Your health is really the most important thing in the world.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions in the article are for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always ask your doctor or nutritionist before starting any fitness program or making changes to your diet.

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