Are you being swarmed with a multitude of weight loss strategies that don’t work? Try typing in “weight loss” on any online search engine and for the next several days you will be re-targeted with a ton of informational advertisements that may or may not be relevant to your weight loss goals. You may find yourself getting distracted with catchy headlines offering lofty promises to shed those last few pounds. Unfortunately, most of these articles will be filled with misconceptions likely to leave you feeling more confused than before. When you are at your wits end, you are likely to try it all. What you won’t get back though in your quest is time, frustration and wasted energy on a scam that was never going to work in the first place.
Let us help you, help yourself, with a few weight loss myths we have tested and debunked.
Myths vs. Reality
Myth: If you’re obese, it’s because you have no self-control.
Reality: Self-control often has very little to do with your weight gain. More often than not, weight gain has a lot to do with genetics, medical conditions, hormones and other outside factors. This is why going to an expert, like CHC Medical Weight Loss and Spa, can be a gamechanger in losing unwanted weight. Through an in-depth consultation and exam, along with bloodwork and a look at medical history, a customized plan can be developed and achieved for your specific goals.
Myth: Just eat less and exercise way more!
Reality: It sounds logical, right? And while burning more calories than you consume can absolutely aid in weight loss, it’s not always the best single solution for those battling serious weight issues long-term. A complete behavioral and biological lifestyle change is needed for losing weight and keeping it off for good. Often, when no formal plan is in place, the method of simply eating less (or starving yourself) and moving more just isn’t enough to rock those goals you have in place. And eating too few calories can deprive your body of important nutrients it needs to perform at its peak. Regaining weight back is also common with this method of weight loss due to lack of consistency among physiological and biochemical factors.
Myth: The “thinner” you are, the “healthier” you are.
Reality: There is such a thing as being skinny-fat. Just because you are thin, does not necessarily mean you are healthy. There’s no denying that when you are obese, you are at a much greater risk for heart disease, diabetes and a whole host of other issues. However, many thin people have chronic medical conditions too. This can be because their underlying medical history is poor. According to the National Institutes of Health, the placement of your body fat has a lot to do with how at risk you are for certain diseases. For instance, a greater fat content in your belly area can lead to metabolic disorders. So, you may be thin, but also may have a higher concentration of unhealthy fat in certain high-risk areas.
Myth: Fad diets are the best way to lose weight.
Reality: This could not be further from the truth! If anything, certain fad diets can increase your likelihood of gaining back weight lost (and then some) after reaching your goals. So many fad diets offer a quick, Band-Aid-type fix that will leave you unsatisfied, and worse, uneducated. The best way to lose weight is to make a complete change in your behaviors and habits. Eating processed “diet” foods aren’t your solution either, as they are usually riddled with high sugar, sodium, and hidden unhealthy ingredients. Pay close attention to labels, and consider visiting a weight loss expert like CHC Medical Weight Loss and Spa to help you lose weight safely, and efficiently.
Myth: Just eat “x” number of calories and you’ll surely lose weight.
Reality: Always remember, not all calories have been created equal. Eating 2,000 calories in lean protein, high fiber, and healthy fats and carbs is a lot different than eating that same number of calories in a greasy cheeseburger and fries from your local fast-food restaurant. Just because you are staying within a certain calorie range for weight loss, doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want as long as you stay below the “magic number.” Take our word for it, plan out your meals, make sure you are getting enough variation, and leave out the processed and refined calories. You’ll thank us later!
Regardless of which route you decide to take while trying to lose weight, the important thing to remember is that the same weight loss plan or diet will not work for everyone. Weight loss plans are not one-size-fits-all. For that, you should always consider getting an opinion from a professional like CHC Medical Weight Loss and Spa when you are looking to make a drastic change in your diet, activity and daily habits. Through nutritional guidance, vitamin and lipo/fat burning injections, RX appetite suppressants, supplements, and a body composition analysis, our customized weight loss program can help you achieve and exceed your goals.
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At CHC Medical Weight Loss and Spa, our consultants and team of medical professionals can give you all the details you need to make an informed decision about a weight loss program you might be considering. Whatever your goals, we offer the best options for achieving the body you’ve always desired. Be proactive, take control of your health, and contact us today at 813-915-8666 to discuss your best lifestyle plan.