5 Common Weight Loss Myths, Busted

Wanting to lose weight is an all too common struggle in the US. As of 2018, nearly 26% of adults were not physically active enough, 31% of adults were obese and 48% of adults were convinced that diet is a major cause of obesity. But, with so many different methods for weight loss out there, confusion and misconceptions about what works and what doesn’t abound. The road to weight loss starts with understanding how it works.

Weight loss is something people want comprehensive experience to get through. Julie Reihson, MD and Jamie Mendez, APNP FNP-C at Dallas Family Medical and Aesthetics  in Addison, Texas can provide safe and effective ways to lose weight.

Here are some common myths about losing weight:

1. Fad diets are effective

The weight loss industry is booming, with $72 billion spent on products in 2018. So much is invested in convincing people that fad diets and supplements are more effective than they really are. Many fad diets overpromise and don’t deliver, and when they do, the weight often comes back months after the diet ends. Companies that make supplements make identical claims, with similar effects, resulting at best in a placebo effect that sees short-term weight loss that doesn’t last. Long-term weight loss is best achieved through committing to a healthier lifestyle of eating, drinking, and physical activity.

2. Willpower is the key to losing weight

People gain weight in different ways, including through genetic and hormonal factors that diet and physical activity are only a part of. A major cause of obesity is an imbalance of the leptin hormone, which sends signals to your brain informing you when you have enough fat stored. Being resistant to leptin means you’re convinced you haven’t eaten enough. Age, certain medications, family genetics, and many other factors combine to make losing weight a lot more complicated than adopting a can-do attitude and never-give-up spirit. The drive to lose weight is important, but drive alone won’t make the weight come off. 

3. Skinny people eat more healthfully

Just as genetics can play a part in being overweight, they can also keep you skinny. Studies show that the genetic pathways of weight can keep people thin whether they eat healthfully or not. This doesn’t mean that people are going to be fat or skinny no matter what, but it does mean that some people have inherited thin genetics, and they may not be eating any more healthfully than someone who weighs a lot more. 

4. Carbs are fattening

Most foods contain fat, protein, or a carbohydrate, all of which are necessary for a healthy diet. They are all part of a group of essential foods known as macronutrients. Carbohydrates form a large part of the diet and are found in three places: sugar, starch, and fiber. Ideally, your diet should consist of about two-thirds of healthy carbs such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta, fruits, and vegetables. While too many unhealthy carbs can put on weight, many carbs in moderation help the body keep them off.

5. All fats are fattening

As one of the macronutrients that is part of a healthy diet, fats are essential for the body. Stores of fat in the body provide energy and can protect the body from injury and cold weather. Certain fats are healthier for the body, and too many “bad” fats (commonly called saturated fats) is certainly unhealthy. But different types of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats like fish, trout, seeds, almonds, avocados, and hazelnuts can help decrease heart disease and lower cholesterol. 

So try to steer clear of the myths about weight loss. A steady diet of healthy proteins, fats, and carbs and moderate exercise over a lifetime will make a difference in both health and weight. When you’re ready to create your weight-loss plan, make an appointment with us to help you on your weight-loss journey.

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