The ever-increasing number of weight loss-based companies and fitness influencers on social media highlight that more and more people are trying to lose weight. It isn’t an easy journey and requires a lot of focus and determination. However, several myths floating around on weight loss put hindrances in front of people. ‘You must banish all your favourite junk food to lose weight’. ‘Lifting weights make women bulky’. These are some of the things we hear about weight loss. But what is the truth? To bust myths around it, Onlymyhealth spoke to Mr. Vijay Thakkar, Fitness Entrepreneur and Functional Medicine Coach also the founder of 48 Fitness.
Myths On Weight Loss Debunked
Here are some of the myths you might have heard and the facts behind them:
1. You Must Go To Gym To Burn Calories
Whenever someone thinks about losing weight, getting that gym membership is generally the first thing that comes to mind. However, you don’t need machines to lose weight. Getting yourself weights and exercising at home will do the trick. Here’s how it works:
- Lifting weights activate a large group of muscles.
- It stabilises joints.
- Since your joints are stabilised, it prevents you from getting injured.
Now coming to weight loss, since a large number of muscles are involved while lifting weights, a large number of calories are burnt. Lifting weights can help you immensely in losing weight. However, consistency is the way to go about it.
2. Weight Lifting Makes Women Bulky
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It is something we all have heard. However, the reality is far from it. Weight lifting helps women with strength and overall fitness. It is specifically important for them as women are highly susceptible to osteoporosis and sarcopenia, especially as they reach menopause. Weight and resistance training, in this regard, helps them with healthy bones and muscles health as they age.
3. A Calorie Is A Calorie
Yes, a person can go on consuming 2000-2500 calories in a day. However, this doesn’t mean you should get it by eating processed, junk, and packaged food. The source is important. Just think, will 100 grams of chips will have the same impact on your body as 100 grams of eggs. The answer is no. While the latter will make you feel full, the former will leave you wanting more. Hence, counting calories is important for weight loss, but so is watching the source.
4. Banish Yourself From Eating Your Favourite Junk Food
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Never restrict yourself too much as instead of helping you, it can turn out to be counterproductive. Yes, junk food is bad and makes you gain weight, but it’s alright to eat your favourite pizza, burger, or pasta once in a while. What you can do is, use them for rewarding yourself for a week of eating well and exercising enough. It will keep you more focused on your goal and not become a torturous journey.
5. It Is Easy To Shed Belly Fat
For many, weight loss motivation stems from desiring a flat and small belly. However, losing belly fat might be the toughest thing to do. The truth is, spot reduction of fat isn’t possible. You should instead focus on overall fat reduction by cardio and strength training and eating healthy.
Yes, weight loss can be tough. However, if you understand the science behind it, it will make your journey much easier.
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