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One of the most common fitness goals is losing weight. And with so much being said about it, it can be difficult to tell what’s real and what’s not. So below are some myths about weight loss we’ll be debunking.
Carbs make you gain weight
Refined carbs are found in heavily processed foods, which have been stripped of most of their vitamins and minerals. Eating these kinds of carbs will make you gain weight since they’re empty calories. However, complex carbs like whole-grain and vegetables contain fiber that improves digestion and even helps you lose weight.
“Low-fat” and “non-fat” foods help in weight loss
Low-fat and non-fat foods aren’t necessarily healthier than their full-fat versions. This is because they typically have added sugar, starch, and/or salt to make up for the reduced fat. This means they can have just as much, or even more, calories than the full-fat versions.
Starving yourself is an easy way to lose weight
Starving yourself can actually lead to long-term weight gain. This is because you’re missing out on important nutrients — and because you’re low on energy, you’ll be craving high-fat and high-sugar foods, which will cause you to gain weight.
Artificial sweeteners are better than sugar
Artificial sweeteners contain less calories than sugar. But there are studies that show that artificial sweeteners are associated with higher BMI and cardiometabolic risk. However, overall, there are actually different results regarding its impact on weight loss and metabolic health. So to be safe, it’s better to regulate your sugar intake.
Weight loss supplements can help you lose weight
Weight loss supplements claim to burn body fat, but they’re generally ineffective and/or dangerous. They typically contain hidden active ingredients, such as those found in seizure and blood pressure medications. The best ones that do work and are safe are effective over several months rather than in a few weeks.
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