Myths and Facts about weight loss
Myth #1: If You Eat and Exercise Consistently, You Will Never Gain Weight
Fact : Your metabolism changes with your age, so you have to make your diet and exercise flexible.
You need to be willing to make lifestyle changes and dietary adjustments as you age, change, and grow. The
fact is, your metabolism slows down as you age. As a result, you often have to either eat less or exercise more
to avoid gaining weight. The biggest change usually occurs around the age of 40. Your metabolism will
continue to slow down more gradually over the years, so always keep your food and exercise plan flexible.
Myth #2: Eat three times a day — don’t snack
Fact: Eat when you want to maintain calorie intake
Once again, it’s all about calories. You can eat three times a day or six times a day, as long as you have the
same caloric intake. However, you should have at least three meals a day. That structures your daily eating, so
don’t become too hungry. And if you eat six times a day, you won’t be having six full meals.
Myth #3: Carbohydrates make you fat
Fact: Carbs are necessary for a balanced diet
Carbohydrates do not make you fat. Often it’s the sugar and fat contained in carbohydrates that make you fat.
It’s Calories that matter. Also a lot of carbohydrates are processed, so you don’t get the advantage of feeling full
from fiber found in unprocessed carbs.
Myth #4: You don’t have to count calories
Fact: Counting calories is important
You definitely need to count calories in order to lose weight. People tend to overestimate their physical activity
and underestimate their calories. Don’t rely on eyeballing your caloric intake or trying to estimate it. Instead,
every day write down what you eat, the corresponding calories, and your physical activity. To make it easier for
you to quantify your physical activity, wear a pedometer. Do this every day. Don’t do it just once or twice a
Myth #5: “Diet” Foods Can Help You Lose Weight
Fact: A lot of junk food is marketed as healthy
Examples include low-fat foods, fat-free foods, processed gluten-free foods and disguised high-sugar beverages
However, you really can NOT trust these foods. The labels and health claims are usually put there to deceive,
not inform. Some junk food marketers are really immoral. They will lie to you to get you to buy super harmful,
fattening junk food for you and your children.