Myth 1: Weight loss products can be a quick solution to lose weight
As of date there is no product existing, which can reduce weight safely and keep it off permanently. Highly popularized and commercialized weight loss products and methods are neither scientific nor practical. Sometimes one does lose weight quickly when on a meal replacer, a fad diet or some pill, but this proves to be short lived and none are able to sustain the loss attained. Above all most tend to lose muscle and water than fat and thereby succumb to ill health rather than the aimed result.
Some procedures help in body toning but are highly expensive and to keep up with the figure attained, one has to ultimately resort to a standard toning exercise regime that again works on self motivation and hard work. Learning the correct eating principles and putting oneself to a regular exercise regime is the only solution to permanent fat loss and muscle gain. A slow and steady loss of 2 to 4 kilos a month is most preferred.
Myth 2: Dairy products should be eliminated when on weight loss
Before the advent of low fat milk, many slimmer’s cut milk and other dairy products out of their diet in an effort to lose weight.
It’s important to include some dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt in the diet as they are packed with essential nutrients that help to keep us healthy. As well as being good sources of protein, zinc and some B vitamins, dairy products are one of the main sources of calcium in the diet, a mineral that helps to build strong, healthy bones. Switching to low-fat dairy products doesn’t mean you’ll get less calcium either. In fact low fat milk actually contains slightly more calcium than full fat milk. Research reveals that children who drink milk are more likely to have a lower body mass than children who don’t. Other studies have found that people who drink milk and eat dairy foods are likely to be slimmer than those who do not.In particular, it’s thought that the calcium in dairy products helps us to lose weight by helping to breakdown body fat. Meanwhile, other ingredients in dairy products such as whey proteins, conjugated linoleic acid and amino acids may also have a role to play.
Based on Government guidelines, you should try to have 3 cups a day of fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products. This can include soy beverages fortified with vitamins. If you can’t digest lactose (the sugar found in dairy products), choose lactose-free or low-lactose dairy products or other foods and drinks that have calcium and vitamin D.
Myth 3: Drinking water is one of the easiest efforts you can incorporate into your weight loss or weight maintenance plan. Yes its true ! How ?
Water fills up your stomach
Did you know that often when you feel hungry, you’re really just thirsty? Our mind tends to confuse hunger and thirst. When you find yourself hungry at odd times of the day, reach for a cup of water before grabbing food. If you really are hungry, you can still eat a snack afterwards. But let’s say your feelings of hunger do go away after drinking that cup of water. You’ve just saved yourself calories by not eating the snack your body didn’t really need!
Drinking Water Revs Up Your Metabolism
Dehydration is your body’s enemy. It slows bodily functions and metabolism. As a matter of fact, your metabolism will slow to conserve energy when you haven’t had enough water to drink, as your organs can’t and won’t function as efficiently. Scientifically speaking, drinking water has been proven to contribute to your body’s ability to burn calories. You body needs an adequate amount of water to properly function, especially during exercise, and dehydration prohibits the fat-burning process.
Myth 4: Skipping meals will help to lose weight.
The new study out of Harvard looked at the health records of nearly 27,000 men, all healthcare professionals 45-82 years old when the study began. The team looked for correlations in lifestyle choices – e.g., skipping breakfast – and health outcomes over a period of about 16 years.
Men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to experience heart attack or to die as the result of coronary heart disease. The men who skipped breakfast were more likely to be single, smokers, employed full-time, to drink more alcohol, were younger, and were less likely to be physically active than people who ate breakfast. Controlling for a slew of these and other risk factor for heart disease – like alcohol consumption, smoking history, body mass index, regular doctor visits, quality of diet, TV watching, activity level, and sleep habits – did reduce the link between skipping breakfast and heart disease, but didn’t obliterate it. The number of times per day the men ate wasn’t linked to heart risk. If you don’t eat something in the morning, you are literally forcing yourself into running on empty. Say the last time you ate was 8 p.m. last night. If you didn’t eat lunch until noon today, that’s sixteen hours of no refuelling! Your body is screaming out, “Give me some help here!”
Myth 5: Spot reduction through spot training helps
No exercise can take away excess body fat off a particular area of your body that you consider a problem spot. When the body loses weight it loses weight from all over equally as the cellulite cells begin to shrink. But spot-firming/toning is possible through strength training combined with cardio. By focusing on one area, you may strengthen the muscle of that area. This way the metabolism also gets a boost and the body burns the fat all day long.
In reality, there is no such thing as spot reduction. You will never attain a flat stomach just by performing abdominal exercises. The reason for this is simple: a muscle does not own the fat that surrounds it. Sit-ups, for example, will definitely strengthen your abdominal muscles, but sit-ups alone will not get rid of the layer of fat that is covering the muscles. To lose fat anywhere on your body you need to burn calories by following a program that involves both cardiovascular training and weight training. In doing so, you will decrease fat stores throughout your entire body, including the problem areas.
You may notice that you sometimes lose fat in some areas more quickly than in others; this is simply due to a genetic selective pattern rather than a particular type of exercise. It is a well known fact that men tend to gain weight in their abdominal region, whereas women tend to gain weight in their gluteal region. If fat was mobilized, or used from the stores near the exercising muscle, then you would expect both men and women to lose weight in the same areas when following a similar program. However, losing weight in the gluteal region is much more difficult for women than it is for men.