Trying to lose weight? Sick and tired of hearing one friend tell you about this awesome method of weight loss and having another friend tell you that method doesn’t work?

It can be hard to get around all the weight loss myths, as there are just so many of them. So many people think that one thing is effective for weight loss because they hear or read about it, but eventually they find out that it is just a myth and doesn’t work at all. If you are trying to lose weight, it is important that you understand these various myths – as well as the truth behind the myths – in order to ensure that you can lose weight as effectively as possible.

Weight Loss Myth #1: Men lose weight more easily than women.
This is an interesting myth that actually has a bit of truth to it. The truth is that men have a biological makeup that actually runs their metabolism a small amount faster than a woman’s metabolism. This means that he will burn fat and food just a bit faster than you will. Men also have less body fat than women do, making it harder for women to have a very low body fat percentage.  In addition, many women lose a bit of muscle mass every year during their perimenopause and menopause, meaning it will take more work to burn calories naturally.

Weight Loss Myth #2: All calories are born equal.
Calories are all the same, right, so why can’t you eat anything you want? Imagine that a piece of cardboard had 20 calories per pound, so why aren’t you eating it to fill up quickly? The truth is that some calories are completely empty, so they will just be filling your body with calories without giving you anything else. Other foods contain a high amount of calories, but they also contain all kinds of other nutrients that your body needs as well.  Also, some foods are processed more efficiently by the digestive system, such as natural sugars and fats. It is much easier on your body to eat these calories than the unhealthy or empty ones.

Weight Loss Myth #3: You will get bigger by doing strength training.
The truth is that turning muscle into fat will make your weight much healthier, as muscle burns more fat and is much more useful than flab. However, turning your fat into muscle and remaining exactly the same weight means that you will get smaller. Muscle mass is more dense than fat, meaning you will have hard compact muscle where the fat once was.

Weight Loss Myth #4: Regular exercise = eating whatever.
If you do exercise on a daily basis, does that mean you can eat whatever you want? Fat isn’t the only thing to worry out for, but you have to watch out for toxins, cholesterol, sodium, as well as the fat. If you eat anything you want while doing regular exercise, you may not end up fat but having some other kind of health problem like high blood pressure or liver failure. Exercise doesn’t automatically equal health, but you have to eat the RIGHT foods and exercise in order to be healthy.

Weight Loss Myth #5: Eating fat makes people fat.
Fats are what your body turns into fat right? There are two kinds of fat: the good and the bad. The good fat can be processed by the body, and it is turned into nutrients that your body can use. The bad fat does get turned into fat, but so do refined sugar and empty carbohydrates. You don’t only need to watch your saturated fat intake, but you also have to be careful about the sugar, starch, and trans fats as well.

Weight Loss Myth #6: I’m going to gain weight once I turn 40.
There is something to be said about those few older men that are in great shape; they definitely work hard at it. You don’t automatically gain weight after the age of 40, but you do start losing muscle mass and definition. This means that your rock hard abs begin to sag, making it look like you have a belly. In order to avoid this, you just have to increase the amount of exercise you do and continue to burn fat and build muscle in order to stay healthy and slim.

Weight Loss Myth #7: Vegetarianism is great for weight loss.
Many people think that dropping proteins and starch from their diet will be a great way to lose weight, but the truth is that vegetables and fruits aren’t the key to weight loss. MORE of these foods are, but your body also needs protein and complex carbohydrates in order to work. The key is to eat the lean proteins and carbs from whole grains along with the raw stuff, and that will make weight loss possible.

Weight Loss Myth #8: Water sheds weight like nothing else.
Water can help you to stay hydrated – thus preventing water retention – and it can help to speed up your metabolism – thus helping you process food faster. However, water helps you to lose weight most effectively by suppressing the hunger that would tempt you to eat more food than you should.

Weight Loss Myth #9: Night snacking leads to weight gain.
Many people drop night snacks in an attempt to lose weight, but when you eat doesn’t matter as much as HOW MUCH you eat. If you eat 1200 calories in the day and 500 calories at night, you will still lose weight much quicker than if you ate 2200 calories during the day and 0 calories at night.

Weight Loss Myth #10: Diet foods and sodas are excellent for weight loss.
Just because something says “Diet” or “Light” on it, that doesn’t make it a good thing to eat to lose weight. Sure, they will have fewer calories than non-diet foods, but they also contain lots more chemicals and additives that will cause other problems – such as metabolic syndrome. Avoid these diet products and just eat foods that are naturally light or low in sugar and fat if you really want to see effective weight loss.

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