Weight loss: Debunking myths and misconceptions about restrictive diets, types of carbs and more  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
- A wide range of information on weight loss is now available at the click of a button
- People often fall into the trap of some myths and misconceptions, and end up putting their health at risk
- Here are some common misconceptions about what is healthy, and what is not – when it comes to weight loss.
New Delhi: Weight loss is a long process that requires constant efforts, consistency, and perseverance. People looking to lose weight are exposed to a plethora of information on the internet. Everyone they know also has their own story of how they or someone they knew lost weight. However, access to such a wide range of information can lead to confusion, and ultimately the circulation of myths and misconceptions about weight loss, the foods to eat, diets to follow and more. If one falls into the trap of following any such myths, they are likely to put their health at risk, and it is, therefore, absolutely not recommended.
“In the health and fitness space, there are so many misconceptions about what is healthy and what is not. There are so many confusing opinions about such topics,” agrees Simrun Chopra, Deep Health Coach and Founder, Nourish With Sim. Here are some weight loss misconceptions you must not believe.
Weight loss misconceptions we must not fall for
Know what does not work:
While there are some myths that have a grey area, there are certain inescapable facts. Facts that cannot be questioned. According to Ms Simrun, know what does not work when it comes to weight loss:
- Restrictive diets
- Fixed menu diets
- Cutting out entire food groups like carbs, for no good reason.
- Demonizing food
The more you restrict yourself, the more you try looking for that perfect diet or the more rules you set for yourself, the harder it gets. Imagine if everyone at home is eating pav bhaji, but your diet has a fixed menu that says you must have boiled channa and greens. Here is what might surprise you. There is nothing wrong with pav bhaji or rice or roti, or even a plate of delicious biryani.
Understanding fat loss and how it happens
Fat loss comes from a structured deficit which is created via healthier food choices along with the purposeful systematic physical activity.
Stop falling for myths that are purely marketing-driven
You do not need to follow a diet just because you know a celebrity who does it, and especially when it restricts foods. You should only avoid foods if you are intolerant to something. “If you’re intolerant to something, avoid it. If you have celiac disease, avoid gluten,” suggests Ms Simrun.
Here are some more myths you must not believe:
- You can’t detox your body from the outside. Your organs do that for you from the inside.
- Carbs are essential.
- Protein shakes are only needed if you can’t get them from your daily food intake.
We are fed with so much marketing material these days that it becomes very difficult to distinguish between the truth and marketing fiction. Do your research. Look deeper into things that trouble you instinctively. Be wary. Your health really is the most important thing in the world.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.