5 Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked!

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There's a lot of misunderstood information (and just plain misinformation) out there about weight loss. Let's take a moment to address five of the most oft-repeated myths in this article...

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  • 1. 5 Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked!Theres a lot of misunderstood information (and just plain misinformation) out there about weightloss. Lets take a moment to address five of the most oft-repeated myths.The Myth: You can bulk up and build muscle throughstrength training.The Reality: This myth is closely related to the myththat one pound of muscle is heavier than one pound offat. Have you ever heard this riddle? Q: Which is heavier, a pound of rocks or a pound of feathers? A: Neither - they both weigh one pound!Its the same way with fat and muscle. A pound of body weight is a pound of body weight, nomatter what material its made up of.The difference between them is a question of density, not weight. Density and weight are not thesame thing. Because muscle tissue is more dense than fat, it takes up less volume. If two peopleare exactly the same weight, but one of them has a different ratio of body fat to lean muscle mass,then they may have very different figures.
  • 2. The Myth: Since I stick to my exercise regimen everysingle day, Im allowed to eat anything I like.The Reality: Although it is true that regular gymworkouts, yoga classes a few days a week, and workingup a sweat in spin classes burn a lot of calories,activities like these dont give you a free pass to indulgein as much food as you want, at least not if your wholepurpose for participating in them is to lose weight.Remember, to lose weight, the number of calories youburn through exercise must be greater than the number of calories you consume per day.Heres a tip: Every day, try to burn an additional 250 calories and eat 250 calories less than youvebeen eating. If you do, youll be following the weight loss principle above, and youll have a caloriedeficit wide enough that youll lose an average of one pound per week.The Myth: If I eat at night, Ill put on weight.The Reality: The idea of avoiding snacks at night is appealing to many people as a weight-losstechnique because it just seems to make sense that, at times of the day when you arent veryactive, you shouldnt eat as much.However, debates over whether or not this idea has any basis in reality have gone on for years. InApril 2011, a study in the journal Obesity indicated a possible link between a higher risk of obesityand eating after 8:00 PM, but was unable to identify a clear reason for the link.To avoid getting hungry at night, wait an extra hour before eating dinner (but be sure youre stilleating dinner a minimum of two hours before you go to bed). Eating dinner a little later can preventthe urge to snack carelessly, which many people enjoy doing at night.
  • 3. The Myth: If I drink lots of water, Ill lose more weight faster.The Reality: Drinking water may indeed help you lose weight, but not all by itself. Dont expect tolose weight if all your other lifestyle habits remain exactly the same.Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted a study that compared theeating habits of a group of people who drank water regularly, and another group that only drankcoffee, tea, and soda. The study found that members of the first group consumed almost 200 fewercalories a day than members of the second group. Not only that, but if you replace sugar-ladendrinks with water, the calories youll save will help you toward your goal of losing weight.Another interesting fact about drinking water is that you may be able to burn more calories bydrinking it ice-cold. Researchers in Germany have discovered that people who consumed 6 cups ofice-cold water every day increased their resting metabolism by an average of 50 calories per day.This effect may have been due to the extra effort it takes for the body to raise the temperature ofthe water to match its own temperature.Is burning 50 extra calories a day worth drinking all that ice water, or would you rather just use thestairs? Well leave that decision up to you.The Myth: Everyone gains weight, especially belly fat, after reaching age 40 - theres nothing youcan do to avoid it.The Reality: Come on. Think about that for a second. On your 40th birthday, are you really goingto wake up and find yourself 10 pounds heavier and suddenly sporting a gut? Of course not!Theres nothing magical about age 40. It is true that losing weight can become more difficult as youget older, but if you establish good health habits now, youll have no problem maintaining a healthyweight, or even losing weight, as time goes on.
  • 4. The years that immediately precede menopause are called perimenopause. These are, indeed, theyears when many women gain weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, the average woman will gainabout one pound per year, mainly in the abdominal area, during her perimenopausal years. Themain reasons for this are that, during this time, a womans metabolism is slowing down, and herhormones are all over the map.This doesnt mean gaining weight during those years is inevitable, though. Research hasdemonstrated that even through this transitional period, you can become slimmer by working out.You can get even better weight-loss results by keeping tabs on your diet and making sure it stayshealthy. Have a flabby stomach that does not go away no matter how much you diet or exercise? Get our experts advice at UrbaneWomen and start losing weight effectively in record time to fit into that dress you have been admiring for ages!