There are all kinds of weight loss myths out there, and some of most ridiculous ones have amazingly long lifespans.
There is one and ONLY one formula for weight loss: eat fewer calories than you burn.
That’s it! There’s no magic formula. There’s no magic diet pill or no magic combination of foods, either.
Calories in versus calories out determines body weight. If you eat more calories than you burn, you WILL gain weight.
On the other hand, if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you WILL lose weight.
(Unless you have a medical condition that causes you to gain or lose weight in spite of what you eat or don’t eat, that is.)
Let’s talk about three of the more ridiculous weight loss myths.
Weight loss Myths #1: Walking will not cause you to lose weight. Jogging or running is weight loss exercise.
Truth: What causes calories to burn is moving the body. You won’t burn calories as fast if you are walking than if you are running, but when you cover the same distance, you will have burned an identical number of calories.
Weight loss myths #2: Low Fat and low calorie are one and the same thing.
Truth: Nope! Just because a product claims to be low fat doesn’t necessarily mean that it is also low calorie. Manufacturers often substitute fillers that are higher in calories than the fat that is eliminated. Read the labels! It’s the only way to be sure.
Weight loss myths #3: If you fast for the first three days of a weight loss program, you will “jump start” your weight loss?
Truth: Starvation diets have never “worked,” and they never will.
Most of the weight that is lost during a fast is fluid, and the weight will be quickly regained once regular eating is restored.
You can’t “jump start” weight loss no matter what method you use.