Five Weight Loss Myths
Losing weight is something most of us have on our resolution list every year. However, we don’t usually follow through with it. After six weeks, even the firmest of resolutions can pall when no real progress is seen. Here are a few reasons you may be in this
Some dieters believe that all they have to do to lose weight is stop eating, or curtail it dramatically. This is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. Long term use of this method can lead to eating disorders. However, before it gets that far, you will have done some serious damage to your health.
A lack of sufficient calories causes your body to go into Famine Mode. In the first two weeks, you will see and be encouraged by steady weight loss. Unfortunately, the weight is not coming from fat. Your body is saving that for survival purposes and is burning muscle. After about two weeks, you may see weight gain, due to this fat storage.
Fast Weight Loss:
If you see a program suggesting that you can lose twenty pounds in just two weeks, run…do not walk, run away from it. It took time to put the weight on and it will take time to get rid of it. The best program will have you losing one to two pounds per week. Any more than that could be an indication that you are not eating enough.
No Pain, No Gain:
Exercise is important to any weight loss program, but it should not cause you intense pain. If you feel pain, talk to your doctor. You may have a medical condition, such as arthritis, that is causing it. After a diagnosis, you will be given a list of safe exercises to avoid further painful routines.
Push the Cardio:
Yes, cardio exercises are extremely important, but you will also need to target muscle groups, and avoid boredom. If you are healthy, aim for thirty minutes of cardio three times a week. Alternate that with weight lifting or other routines that target specific areas of your body. Over time, you can increase the cardio to an hour, but work at it slowly.
I love this one. Weight loss is frustrating, and it would be wonderful to take a pill once or twice a day for several weeks and just watch the fat melt off without my doing anything different. Unfortunately, there are no such magic, quick fix pills.
Supplements can help under the right circumstances, but you shouldn’t depend on them to do all of the work. Diet and exercise are still needed.
You may wonder how I know about these myths. With the exception of supplements, I have made every single one of these mistakes. The only thing that spared me the supplement myth was the knowledge gained as a Master Herbalist. I’m not perfect yet, but I’m heading in the right direction…finally.