True or False – 4 Weight Loss Myths Debunked

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True or False – 4 Weight Loss Myths Debunked

With summer fast approaching, a lot of people are taking out their bathing suits and realizing that they – don’t fit anymore. You’re not alone. So many people start spring by saying; if nature is getting active – so should I! And while working for your “summer body” is not the best motivation. Your goals, however, should be a lot more long-term and health-focused. Summer, is as good a time as any to get your weight to a number that you are satisfied with. There are a lot of different myths and stories about crazy weight loss methods that are absolutely not true. So, let’s debunk them once and for all. True or false – 4 weight loss myths debunked.

It’s the small changes that count

Small changes are of paramount to any successful weight loss. Small changes in your routine are the sustainable things that you should definitely introduce and keep up with for the rest of your life. Things like drinking coffee without sugar, taking the stairs instead of the elevator and sitting instead of lying down while watching TV are great changes, but thinking that that’s all it takes to lose weight is a complete myth. If you really want to lose some pounds. You need to commit to an exercise regimen and start thinking about your meals every day. So the small changes are welcome – but they are most certainly not what will give results.

Weight once lost will stay off

A lot of people talk themselves into exercise routines and diets by saying “When I lose these ten pounds, I will never put them back on”. But the truth is, the moment you stop whatever you were doing and go back to your old habits, you will find yourself putting that weight back on. Quick fixes simply don’t exist when talking about bodies. The key is finding a routine and diet that you can stick to for the rest of your life. And no, you won’t keep losing weight at the same rate for the rest of your life by sticking to the same routine, but you will maintain the weight that you reach.

One ingredient fixes

Every now and again, a single ingredient is claimed to be the miracle weight loss secret. Simply put cayenne pepper in each of your meals and you will lose ten pounds in a week, they claim. Or replace all of your carbs with cauliflower. And while these myths don’t stem from nothing, they are nowhere near the miracle people are hoping them to be. This article explaining the benefits of apple cider vinegar perfectly illustrates how these myths are formed, and if you do your research, you will find that none of these miracle ingredients have research to back up the claims. Some might give your digestion or metabolism a boost and some will simply curb your appetite. But it is recommended to take most of these in enormous doses and this can end up causing more damage than good – so you’ll do best to just consume them as much as you normally would.

Find a routine and stick with it


People tend to think that once you get going with an exercise routine and you commit to it. You will be getting leaner and stronger week after week. Unfortunately, that’s just not how it works. Our bodies are quite amazing, and they can get used to a lot of things. So, the moment you get comfortable with that routine when it stops leaving you out of breath and sore all over – the effects are gone too. If you want to keep your weight loss steady, you want to change your routines, try different sports or at least increase the number of reps you do.

The bottom line is: If you want to be healthy and lose weight, you need to exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet. If something sounds too good to be true – it is. There are no magic spells for the body you want to have, just good old commitment and hard work. At the very least, you know that this is something that is completely in your own hands and that every decision you make and energy you put in will give results. Set realistic goals, and if you are not sure how to achieve them in a healthy way, talk to nutritionists and trainers – they will be more than happy to help you achieve your ideal body.


Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney. She currently lives in Europe with her husband and enjoys traveling around the world and exploring new cultures.

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