December 16, 2008

The deeper into the wood you go, the more timber seems to grow. When we start looking for effective techniques, various diets and herbal supplements, which can help us lose weight, we find more and more opportunities and want to try everything. However, not all diets can be useful and effective, and sometimes those people, who are ready for everything in order to shed extra pounds, can seriously harm their health. Find out the truth about these 5 common myths related to weight loss.

Myth 1. You should not eat sugar if you want to lose weight.


Reality.  Many people are convinced that they should cut sugar and sweet foods out of their daily diet if they want to put off some weight. However, according to the findings of the specialists from the Centre for Nutrition and Food Research at Queen Margaret University, Scotland, small amounts of sugar have to be considered useful for those, who are on diet. Dr. Sandra Drummond, one of the researchers, comments that incorporating sugar-containing products into  a low-fat diet can be helpful for effective weight loss. Sugar helps people to remain strong and energetic when they maintain their diet plan.

Myth 2. You should eat only low-fat foods when you are on diet.

Low-fat foods

Reality. The experts from Cornell University found out that when we eat only low-fat foods, we usually consume 50% more calories. As a result of the researches, leaded by Dr. Brian Wansink, specialists discovered that the majority of low-fat foods usually contain only about 11% less fat than usual foods. As a result, when we eat those “low-fat” foods, we consume much more fat and store more calories than we would by eating only controlled amounts of the foods containing usual amounts of fat. It may sound unrealistic, but sometimes low-fat yogurt with pieces of tropic fruit can have more calories than a small chocolate bar.

Myth 3. The more time you spend in gym, the faster you shed extra pounds.


Reality: It is believed that great amounts of exhausting exercises in gym can lead to faster and more effective weight loss. However, Canadian researches found out that several short-term low-intensity workouts are enough to achieve the best results. The specialists from the University of Guelph in Ontario carried out a two-week experimentation, during which every day 10 women had 10 sets of 4 minutes of hard cycling. As a result, they managed to burn 36% more fat than those women, who had very high-intensity workouts and cycled full time.

Myth 4. In order to lose weight more effectively you should skip breakfasts.


Reality. Some people are convinced that the less we eat, the more weight we lose. Therefore, many people give up eating breakfast. This is an absolutely wrong idea! The specialists from Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge proved that having a good breakfast can assist in putting off weight. During a long-term study it was revealed that the people whose breakfast was 50% of their daily calorie intake were losing more weight during the day.

Moreover, the studies showed that if we do not have breakfast we actually gain weight, because in the absence of food in the morning, our body activates the process of calorie storing. That is why when we eat later during the day, more calories are going to be stored. Dr Nita Forouhi, a researcher from Addenbrookes Hospital, comments: “The key is to shift your calories to the morning. Stick to the old adage: Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper“.

Myth 5. Drinking a lot of water can assist in losing weight faster.


Reality. Many people believe that drinking a glass of water before having lunch or dinner can help eat less and lose more weight. However, Japanese experts leaded by Kentaro Murakami from University of Tokyo busted this myth. Their research involved about a thousand young ladies, whose weight and waist measurement were compared to their daily water intake. According to the official results of the research, there was no relationship noticed between Body Mass Index, waist circumference and water intake. But the study proved that water intake from foods (such as soups, fruit, etc.) is associated with lower Body Mass Index. Therefore, it can be effective to increase water intake in foods, which usually have higher fibre, protein and carbohydrate, as well as low-fat content.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

2 Responses to “5 Myths about Weight Loss”

  1. Weight ReducerNo Gravatar Says:

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    – Jack

  2. KarenNo Gravatar Says:

    great read.. thanks