When it comes to losing your fat through the weight loss industry, there is a multitude of inaccurate data. Just do a Google search and you will find millions of links to various programs, articles, etc. Unfortunate, there are those who do not have any experience at all, they are simply writing an article or selling a product and many fall victim to the 'myths' of weight loss. Let us examine six of these myths...
Myth # 1: Skipping Meals During The Day Will Help Me Lose My Fat
Skipping meals can actually have an adverse effect on your weight loss goal, it reduces or slows your metabolic rate which makes it more difficult to lose weight. Though you should consult your physician or licensed dietician for a meal plan that fits your needs, it is important for you to eat regular meals. Consume foods such as salads, vegetables, nuts and fruits. Include snacks through out the day such as watermelon or strawberries.
Myth # 2: Do Not Consume White Foods
It is what counts that is important, such as the nutrients contained in foods and contrary to popular belief, you can get these from white foods, just choose wisely. Such foods would include pears, nuts and avocadoes.
Myth # 3: Avoiding Fat
Completely cut out the fat? Nope, do not do it! Yes, cutting back on fat is necessary of any weight loss program, but the key to the most effective diet plan is controlling what kinds of fat. Specifically, you will want to avoid trans fat and saturated fat (for the most part). You will want to increase your intake of good, or healthy, fats such as polyunsaturated and Omega-3 fats. These healthy fats are abundant in foods such as fish, olive oil and avocados. Notre on fish...do your homework on fish, because there are fish that may have Omega-3, however, they have high concentrations of non-healthy chemicals.
Myth # 4: You Are What You Were Born With
Were are talking genetics here. Though genetics do play a roll in your body makeup, it does not restrict your ability to make adjustments and change your metabolic rate. Basically, it does not mean just because your grandparents, etc. are larger that you will live with the same fate.
Myth # 5: Do Not Eat Carbohydrates
We have all heard of diets such as the Atkins or South Beach diets and the true is, you need carbohydrates. While such diets that focus on protein and low carbs produce significant, INITIAL, weight loss, the long-term results are not good. The body is starved and you end up eating your way back up the latter.
Myth # 6: The Miracle of Grapefruit
Not so much. there is no real basis for this one. There is a small group who is promoting weight loss through grapefruit, but the fact is that if you want to lose your fat, you need to concentrate more on consistently eating better throughout your day. Grapefruit is rich in lycopene, a good source of healthy ingredients that acts more of a nutrient vehicle, but doe not really have anything to do with weight loss. Wikipedia even says this about lyopene...'Lycopene is not an essential nutrient for humans, but is commonly found in the diet, mainly from dishes prepared with tomato sauce.'
To achieve your weight loss goal, there is no short-cut and there are no excuses. Genetics do play a role in your body makeup, but a very slight one. Your metabolic rate is the greatest factor in you losing your fat and you can only achieve this through consistently following your diet and exercise programs.