Obesity is becoming a major problem around the world. One in every three adults in the United States is obese, while reportedly, Pakistan is the 9th most obese country in the world. Obesity is very common throughout the world, so people follow certain diet routines and work out in order to lose weight. It has become a routine in our daily lives, yet there are myths about weight loss that may actually work against a person trying to lose weight.
Since the issue is so common, and literally everyone you meet is looking for ways to fight obesity, we thought we’d education you on some myths about weight loss. Enjoy.
Weight Loss is Predictable
The first on our list of myths about weight loss is predictability. If you you’re following a strict diet and workout routine, you’d think that you would consistently lose weight and the numbers will be predictable. For example, walking a mile every day for five years would reduce 50 pounds. In reality, that number is 10 pounds give or take. So if you think by following a strict schedule you’re set to lose a certain amount of weight, in reality, you’ll lose close to just 20% of that number.
Gradual Weight Loss vs. Rapid Weight Loss
People tend to believe that rapid weight loss is better than gradual loss in the long-term. While that may hold true according to research, what people do not understand is how much weight loss is too rapid. Yes, there is such a thing as too rapid when it comes to initial weight loss and it is dangerous for your health. Therefore, consult a doctor and always keep him or her in the know. You really don’t want to lose weight too rapidly, because generally the strategies involved in achieving that will do more harm than good.
Are you Ready to Lose Weight?
There is absolutely no such thing as being ready to lose weight. You do not have to be scared or something like that. Of course, if you are voluntarily choosing to enter a weight loss program, you will have better chances to stick to the program you’re following. But to be ready as if you’re going to battle is stretching it a little. All you need, is willingness to lose weight and you’re good.
Gym class is as essential in fighting childhood obesity as you might think. Of course, there has been a sharp decline in physical education over the past few years, but blaming childhood obesity for that would be unfair. Neither would increasing the time spend in physical education make any difference. According to research, when the time spend in gym class is increased, it will have an inconsistent effect on Body Mass Index (BMI).
Realistic Weight Loss Goals
Last on our list of myths about weight loss is about keeping it real. People commonly believe that without realistic goals, people won’t keep up with the routine, in time getting frustrated and shedding fewer pounds. There is no evidence to back it up. So even if you don’t have a schedule that dictates your weight loss numbers, you’re good to go. Doesn’t matter if you had decided to lose 10 pounds in a certain amount of time and you didn’t get there. Forget realistic goals and keep it ambitious. The more ambitious your goals are, the more you’ll lose but don’t go strutting off into fantasyland.
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