Published On: Sun, Dec 6th, 2015

5 Biggest Lies of the Weight Loss Industry

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The fitness industry is filled with false truths, misleading info, scams, and lies. Here are 5 of the biggest lies you’ll hear when trying to lose weight.

The case for carbs

Myth: If you slice out carbohydrates from your diet, you’ll experience a dramatic weight loss in a very short span of time.   Fact: Absolutely not! Completely cutting off your carbohydrate intake isn’t a sustainable way to get rid of your weight gain issues. Carbs should be an essential part of your regular diet as they provide necessary vitamins and nutrients that help your body to function properly. So make sure you include a good amount of carbohydrates in your daily diet.

Myth: If you slice out carbohydrates from your diet, you’ll experience a dramatic weight loss in a very short span of time.
Fact: Absolutely not! Completely cutting off your carbohydrate intake isn’t a sustainable way to get rid of your weight gain issues. Carbs should be an essential part of your regular diet as they provide necessary vitamins and nutrients that help your body to function properly. So make sure you include a good amount of carbohydrates in your daily diet.

Labels mean nothing

Myths: Don't buy anything without checking the food labels; What you see is what you get.   Fact: Food marketers actually have the ability to lie to a legal degree. So when something says it’s high in vitamin A, it burns excess weight, or it increases your metabolism, chances are it’s probably using false advertising to get you to purchase it. That’s why it’s simpler to purchase entire foods in mass, such as fruits, meats, wholegrains, and vegetables. They can’t lie about what’s in them, and you understand they’re good for you.

Myths: Don’t buy anything without checking the food labels; What you see is what you get.
Fact: Food marketers actually have the ability to lie to a legal degree. So when something says it’s high in vitamin A, it burns excess weight, or it increases your metabolism, chances are it’s probably using false advertising to get you to purchase it. That’s why it’s simpler to purchase entire foods in mass, such as fruits, meats, wholegrains, and vegetables. They can’t lie about what’s in them, and you understand they’re good for you.

Fat facts

Myth: Reduce your fat intake from food as it adds to weight problems.   Fact: Fat makes the food tasty. Fat-free or low-fat diet does not mean low-calories. In fact, certain amount of fat is necessary for your body to be able to work energetically. It is important to look for food items or preparations made with good fats.

Myth: Reduce your fat intake from food as it adds to weight problems.
Fact: Fat makes the food tasty. Fat-free or low-fat diet does not mean low-calories. In fact, certain amount of fat is necessary for your body to be able to work energetically. It is important to look for food items or preparations made with good fats.

The problem with protein powders

Myth: Protein powder helps you to lose weight.   Fact: Protein powder is wonderful for gaining muscle–this means gaining weight. It is simply not designed for weight loss, no matter what marketers claim.

Myth: Protein powder helps you to lose weight.
Fact: Protein powder is wonderful for gaining muscle–this means gaining weight. It is simply not designed for weight loss, no matter what marketers claim.

The deal with meals

Myth: Five to six small meals each day is the key to weight loss.   Fact: There’s nothing inherently wrong with this advice except for the fact that a vast majority of the population has a difficult time fitting in that many meals into their lifestyle. And what good is advice that can’t be implemented? The good news is that it makes no significant difference whether you get 2,000 calories from five meals or from three meals.

Myth: Five to six small meals each day is the key to weight loss.
Fact: There’s nothing inherently wrong with this advice except for the fact that a vast majority of the population has a difficult time fitting in that many meals into their lifestyle. And what good is advice that can’t be implemented? The good news is that it makes no significant difference whether you get 2,000 calories from five meals or from three meals.

 

About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology