5 Myths About Weight Loss
There was a trend in social media, specifically on TikTok, saying that having a coffee and lemon together could help you lose weight. However, nutritionists’ perspectives quoted in HealthCanal news, which opposes that claim. The quote was saying that a lemon being added to coffee does not necessarily promote weight loss. Instead, it is just highly similar to drinking lemon, which only affects body weight insignificantly.
Do you want to successfully lose weight? If yes, you should stop believing in such a myth. This is not the only myth spreading around. Indeed, most myths already emerged in the past and might have been passed on through today’s generation. TO give some great examples, here are the top five myths about weight loss, which might prevent a person from achieving your weight loss goal.
Myth #1: All calories are just the same.
You may be thinking that you should lessen your calories intake, so you avoid any food with high-calorie content. However, not all calories are having the same effect on your health and body weight. Indeed, calories can be taken from different sources, so they are also having different content formulas.
Take fats and proteins as examples. Protein calories are good for metabolism boost and improvement of weight-regulating hormones production. Thus, it can help reduce your appetite as well as your cravings for heavy foods. Hence, good calories can be found in vegetables, which are rich in proteins. It is also better to consume calories from organic and natural fruits rather than refined foods.
Myth #2: Changes in losing weight should be Linear.
Many people are struggling a lot and get easily disappointed if, after several consecutive days of consistent weight loss, they experience a lesser weight loss for a little. However, a few inconsistencies of losing weight should not concern you that much, as such a thing is normal. Likewise, external factors may affect how your body functions such as the weather within your environment.
This phenomenon occurs more often among women. For females, the water weight may significantly fluctuate within their menstrual cycle, especially during the menstruation period. Therefore, even if there are a few inconsistencies, as long as the weight loss is generally continuous, one should not worry excessively.
Myth #3: One shall eat less and make more movements to lose weight.
The statement above can be a valid theory. However, it does not work as expected. While it is true that you should perform heavy workouts and consume less food than you would normally do to lose weight, there is a chance that the lost weight will only be regained. Also, your body needs energy and other nutrients to boost your metabolism and give you the power to give out in every movement you make.
The best thing to do is to change your lifestyle into a healthier one. Even a simple gradual change can create a big impact, which may benefit you for a long term. Also, you do not have to punish yourself by eating not enough food, which might lead you to certain illnesses you never wished to have.
Myth #4: You should not eat snacks and avoid sugar.
Myth number four is highly connected to the third myth mentioned. Often, it is not how much you eat, but it is about what you consume. For instance, while sugar can contribute to weight gain, our body still needs to produce sugar. Indeed, sugar can also be a good source of energy.
Moreover, most foods have some sugar content. For that reason, it is impossible to cut all sugars in your diet. Yet, as the old saying says, “Everything can be done with moderation.”
Having said that, you can simply pick healthy snacks between your meals. Along with it, you may not punish yourself for not avoiding foods with sugar, especially fruits. Instead, avoid foods with added sugar, regardless of whether it would be natural or artificial.
Myth #5: You must skip a meal such as breakfast and not eat later than 8:00 pm.
While reducing meals (skipping breakfast) sounds effective for weight loss, such a technique does not work as expected. It may or may not lead you to eat more after a long sensation of hunger, but you may end up eating unhealthy foods before lunch. Science also found a strong association between people who used to skip breakfast with those who became overweight and had larger waist circumferences, when compared to those who never skipped any meal.
As for late-night eating, there is another good news. Everyone can eat food before bedtime. It is not the time within the day that makes you gain weight or not achieve your weight loss goals. It is what you eat.
While there is no evidence that drinking coffee with lemon together is helpful for losing weight, there are also other myths that need to be stopped. If those myths are replaced with truth, one very person will have a higher chance of success. Losing weight is always possible for people with the right knowledge and attitude.