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Weight Loss: Myths vs Truth

Weight Loss Myth

Myth 1: Skipping meals help lose weight


Fact:

Skipping meals is not a good idea. To lose weight and keep it off, you have to reduce the amount of calories you consume or increase the calories you burn through exercise. But skipping meals altogether can result in tiredness, poor nutrition and slow metabolism. You will also be more likely to snack on high-fat and high-sugar foods, which could result in weight gain.

Myth 2: Snacking Increases Weight


Fact:

The good news is you don’t need to starve to lose weight. “The idea that you shouldn’t eat between meals is a myth,”. When your stomach starts rumbling, you probably hear a little voice in your head telling you not to ruin your appetite. But having snacks in between meals might actually help you eat less, and stave off the urge to overeat or binge later. In fact, we at Hindustan Wellness would recommend that you have five smaller meals a day, instead of eating your calories all in one sitting.

Myth 3: All Carbohydrates are bad


Fact:

It’s a myth that all carbohydrates are bad. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn from low-carbohydrates diets. Carbohydrates are not all created equal, and you want to avoid processed carbohydrates that are often high in sugar and white flour. Instead, enjoy beans, whole grains — eat brown rice and whole grain breads — and don’t forget fruits and vegetables, which provide a host of nutrients and fibre, are low in calories, and can help reduce the risks of several diseases.

Myth 4: Certain Foods we eat makes us burn more calories


Fact:

There is conflicting information about whether or not certain foods can increase your metabolic rate, making you burn more calories. While different foods offer different health benefits, people are often left wondering if calories vary from one food to the next.

“A calorie is a calorie, regardless of where it comes from”. There are no foods that increase your metabolic rate, or help you burn calories. Even if certain foods do increase your metabolism, the amount is too insignificant to make it a magic bullet.

Myth 5: Slimming pills are effective for long-term weight loss


Fact:

No, they’re not. Slimming pills alone will not help you keep the weight off long term. They are basically Appetite Suppressant; drugs containing diuretics, to remove fluid from the body; and drugs that help you to burn fat and calories. When one stop taking these drugs, the weight will rapidly return to way it was before. Moreover, long-term use of weight-loss medicine will have a negative effect on the nervous system, the heart and blood vessels, and kidney. So far, there is no such medicine to lose weight without a negative effect.

Myth 6:One cannot lose weight at workplace


Fact:

Though office might not provide the most suitable environment for losing weight but if one adopts certain healthy habits, losing weight at workplace can no longer be a challenge.

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