Truths and myths about weight loss that you’ll wish you knew sooner!

by Farhan Rasheed
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What I have here are truths and myths about weight loss that you’ll wish you knew sooner! Nowadays, everyone reads a thing or two about weight loss or health online, and they immediately become a self-pronounced expert! Don’t believe everything you read online, because most of it is not backed by science or experience. It’s just frauds trying to make them some money by “inventing” some life-saving inventions that are “guaranteed” to help you lose all the unwanted weight.

So brace yourselves for the most common, and some that are not so common, weight loss myths!

Myth: You shouldn’t eat after dinner.

Truth: Yes, you should if you’re hungry. It’s not like calories multiply by five after dinner. You just need to watch out for the quantity of the food and what kind of food it is. For example, I wouldn’t advise you to eat something sweet or too fatty late in the evening.

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Myth: The paleo diet – or eating like cavemen.

Truth: Eating like cavemen could make you slim, that’s not entirely false, but in paleolithic era average lifespan was 30 years. Now, if you wanna lose weight, but die young, by all means, be my guest. I didn’t think so. And also, back then, there was no pollution, so the food was much safer to eat, and the meat was much less fatty than nowadays.

Myth: Eating frequent, small meals will make you thin.

Truth: Unless you’re eating fewer calories, it won’t make a difference. Whether you eat five meals, 400 calories each, or two meals of 1000 calories each, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, 2000, calories are 2000 calories. But if your calorie intake is the same, that’s a nope.

Myth: Drinking ice water can help you lose weight.

Truth: While technically, the body does burn calories while trying to warm up that water to body temperature, the amount of calories burnt in the process is insignificant. So, don’t even bother.

Myth: A feeding tube is a great method of losing weight.

Truth: There are too many things wrong with this ridiculous weight-loss method. While you may lose weight, you will gain constipation, nausea, dizziness, bad breath, sore throat, and a huge risk of nose or throat infection. So, thanks, but no, thanks.

Myth: Use artificial sweeteners as a substitute for sugar.

Truth: A whole lot of nope. Artificial sweeteners (Splenda, Sweet’s low…) can trick your metabolism into producing large amounts of insulin, and then your body will crave sugar so you can find a purpose for all that insulin. People often make this mistake by drinking diet sodas and energy drinks.

Myth: Pumping food out of your stomach is OK.

Truth: Except it’s not. It can be painful; it can lead to various complications, like dehydration, hypoglycemia, anemia, irritation of the stomach lining, and so on and so on. Don’t pump food out of your stomach.

Myth: Eating baby food is good if you wanna lose weight.

Truth: Doggy food is for doggies, and baby food is for babies, and there’s a reason for it. The nutritional needs of babies and adults are very different. Their tiny stomachs need food with low fat, fiber, and protein content, which is not the case with the adults. So, again, nope.

Myth: Replacing every possible food with the low-fat version is good.

Truth: Entirely false. Research shows that people tend to eat 30% more than normal when they know that they’re eating the low-fat product. And these products contain a lot more sugar to make up for the flavor that was lost when part of the fat content was removed. Same goes for the milk. Skim milk has less fat, but more lactose than the normal milk. So, beware of anything that says “light,” “diet,” or “low-fat.”

I’m sure there are more myths about food and weight loss, but some are just too ridiculous, and I don’t believe that someone would be crazy enough to believe them. What do you think? Do you agree with this list?

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