Obesity or weight gain can be defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may result in affecting health adversely.The rate of obesity has nearly doubled since the 80’s worldwide and is therefore, the fifth leading risk for global deaths causing an increase in the occurrence of coronary heart disease and diabetes. Losing weight nowadays is thought to be quite challenging but has also turned into an obsession for many. Irrespective of many claims by health advisers, losing unnecessary fat is much more complex than just eating less and exercising more.
No matter how much time or effort people invest in following strict diet regimes, it seems that some fail, or cheat as the pressure gets to them. This in turn encourages a person to search for a quick fix or an easy remedy to drop weight instantaneously. It’s a great rule of thumb to be suspicious of quick and easy weight loss solutions. As we usually do not understand ‘weight loss’ good enough to be successful, this results in the formation of myths. The most common among these are:
Myth #1: Starving is the best way to lose weight
Crash diets are unlikely to help you lose weight in the long term; they have instead been known to lead towards long term weight gain. It not only causes our metabolic rate to fall but also due to the difficulty level of this diet, it is not practical to be able to maintain it for a longer period of time and once a person gives in to his cravings it would eventually lead towards a higher intake of fat-saturated and sugar saturated food and consequently a higher number of calories consumed and a slower rate of food metabolized at the end.
Myth #2: Certain foods makes you burn calories
Some fruits such as grapefruit, kelp and lemons are said to burn off body fat. This however, is not true. A calorie is a calorie irrespective of where it comes from. There are no foods that can cause an increase in the metabolic rate or aid in burning calories. The closest option is having foods with high dietary fiber as they result in a feeling of fullness with minimal calorie intake.
Myth #3: Low/reduced fat labeled foods are a healthier choice
Low fat does not always necessarily mean low calorie. These foods may have comparatively less fats then the full-fat version. However, they are also usually sweetened by artificial sweeteners in order to boost taste which according to recent studies directly contributes to obesity along with other brain related disorders. This instead creates a double health hazard.
Concluding, there are many unhealthy misconceptions circulating about weight loss. However, there are no magic foods or ways that would automatically melt away any excess body fat. In order to reduce weight, we need to bring about small, achievable changes to our lifestyle through changing the way we eat and by increasing our level of physical activity.
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