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Top 5 Craziest Weight Loss Myths

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by Madhumita Thakur (subscribe)
Freelance writer & journalist in the fields of lifestyle, technology and entertainment.
Published November 14th 2012
Unveil the myths about weight loss to look fab this summer
With summer season fast approaching and the sunshine becoming more frequent, it's that time of the year when you'd ideally like to flaunt your body in shorts, tiny dresses, beach wears and other flirty tops. But if you have been taking undue advantage of the winter season and hiding your flab and bulged body behind layers of sweaters and jackets then it's high time that you shed that extra part of you. Losing weight is not an easy task and with dozens of myths surrounding weight loss the task becomes even more difficult to accomplish.

In this article we have debunked few myths about top 5 craziest weight loss tips.

Myth # 1 - No carb means no fat
Source of Carb
Source of Carb
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This is one of the most common tips you will get to read about and hear from people around you on weight loss issue. However the reality is far from it. Carbohydrate is as much important for the proper functioning of our bodies as much are protein, fat, vitamins and other nutrients. However over indulging in carbohydrate is not recommended as the unused portion gets stored in the body as fat. If you monitor your portions of carb and eat the wholegrain products rather than the processed ones, then there's nothing to worry about.

Myth # 2 Calories from veggies and fruits are better than calories from non-vegetarian food
Veggies vs Meat
Veggies vs Meat
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It's like saying Jack Daniels from one liquor store is better than Jack Daniels from other liquor store. Calorie is the energy which you get by consuming food (vegetarian/non-vegetarian). Irrespective of what source it comes from if you consume it in irrational proportions then it will have the same damaging effect on your body. Also what matters is the way you choose to cook these food items.

Myth # 3 I work out, I can eat anything
Workout Machine
Workout Machine
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Well weight loss cannot be achieved with practising either of these things in isolation. Dieting alone cannot help you in losing weight because once you are off it, in absence of any workout your body will regain its natural weight. Similarly if you exercise well but have no control over your food and calorie which comes along with it, then your weight loss plan would still remain a distant dream for you. It is your body's metabolism which ultimately governs your body weight, so a combination of workout and proper diet is the best way to go.

Myth # 4 Skipping meals
Breakfast
Breakfast

Most of the people either skip their breakfast or lunch in order to avoid that extra calorie in a day. This is one of the craziest tips on weight loss which is a pure myth. Your body metabolism is highest at the beginning of the day and gradually lowers down as the day progresses. So if you miss out on your breaky or lunch, you are actually depriving your body from burning calories when it is most efficient to do so. Like they say "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" - you must eat light during night time. However skipping meals in the day time will only make you crave for eating heavy thereby ruining your weight loss plan.

Myth # 5 Sweet is bad, salt is good
Sweet vs Salt
Sweet vs Salt
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Sweets and desserts have earned a bad reputation as weight gaining agents. But this is like a half truth. Excess weight comes from various aspects of your lifestyle and not only if you eat sweets. These have high sugar content and act as source of energy for our body. However moderation is certainly needed while enjoying sweets as much you need while eating salty food items like chips and snacks. Too much salt also results in water retention in the body which gives you a bloated look. So for best results watch your intake of both sweet and salt while enjoying your food.
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Great article!
by Jennifer Muirhead (score: 3|1022) 2015 days ago
Don't agree with #2 - calories from veggies and fruit are better than calories from other sources. It's not just the calories, but it is the vitamins and nutrients that you have to consider. Not only that, but fruits and vegetables create an alkaline state in your body, which promotes excellent health, whereas many other processed foods or meat, create an acidic state in your body, due to the acid that needs to be produced to break food down. If your body is acidic, you are prone to heaps of problems, such as cancer. It is always healthier to incorporate calories from fruits and vegetables!
by rkeip (score: 0|2) 2015 days ago
Don't agree with #2 - calories from veggies and fruit are better than calories from other sources. It's not just the calories, but it is the vitamins and nutrients that you have to consider. Not only that, but fruits and vegetables create an alkaline state in your body, which promotes excellent health, whereas many other processed foods or meat, create an acidic state in your body, due to the acid that needs to be produced to break food down. If your body is acidic, you are prone to heaps of problems, such as cancer. It is always healthier to incorporate calories from fruits and vegetables!
by rkeip (score: 0|2) 2015 days ago
It's amazing what people will convince themselves of to lose weight. Great article.
by Where I Holiday (score: 2|338) 2013 days ago
Nice article Madhu...makes a lot of sense!
by jha.n (score: 0|3) 1993 days ago
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