Why are there so many inconsistencies when it comes to weight loss tips?
If you've been around the weight loss arena a little, you know what I'm talking about. You've probably heard a whole lot of weight loss tips and advice, some of which might have helped you, others that did anything but.
Unfortunately, many weight loss programs and gurus have their own agenda, which is to make money. Much of what they teach has little or no scientific backing whatsoever. As long as it sells their pill or exercise gadget, they're happy.
It's no wonder so many people fail when trying to lose weight. How do you know what's true and what's not? Well, I've made a list of the biggest weight loss myths out there. Please don't fall victim to the scammers the next time you hear these claims.
Weight Loss Myth #1: You can eat all you want and still shed the fat
This one flies in the face of every scientific study ever conducted on weight loss. The simple fact is, you must take in fewer calories than you burn off. This is not a theory, not open for debate, this fact has been proven in study after study.
Unless you create a caloric deficit, you will not lose weight.
Weight Loss Myth #2: Cardio or aerobic exercise is the best way to lose weight
I used to believe this was true until a friend of mine pointed out that then President Bill Clinton ran every day.
The truth is cardio exercise will help you lose weight, but it doesn't burn fat in the most efficient manner possible. In fact, a good deal of the weight you lose with cardio is muscle, which is something you definitely don't want.
What's the solution? Interval training. Interval training, or HIIT, is where you exercise at an intense level, then rest for a short period, then go intense again. You can do it while walking, running, or with almost any exercise where you can generate intensity.
Weight Loss Myth #3: Some people just can't lose weight, no matter what they do
This one always makes me laugh. There was a lady I used to work with who told me she had glandular issues, and that was why she couldn't lose weight. Yet, when we went to lunch, she was always the one gobbling the double cheeseburger and fries. Glandular?
Like I mentioned earlier, if you create a caloric deficit you will lose weight. This is a scientific fact, and it does not vary from one individual to the next. If you burn more calories than you take in, there is no way physically possible for you not to lose weight.
When losing weight, it's always best to stick to the fundamentals, which do not change, unlike the latest fad diets. If you take in fewer calories than you burn off and do at least some exercise every day, you will lose weight. It doesn't matter what you might have read about glands or genetics.