Health and Fitness

Weight Loss Myths and Facts


Here are Few Myths busted and Facts stated that are always been surfaced in relation to weight loss as told by Dt. Siddhi Takalkar-Deshpande; a Registered Dietitian and Founder at Nutriworks. She is the best dietician in Pune for weight loss.

Myth: Eating too many carbs will make you fat

Well it is true that eating too many carbs may cause weight gain but the weight gain would be due to consuming too many extra calories, not from the carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are an important food source for healthy nutrition—they fuel our bodies. Carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of the calories in our daily diet. Fruits, whole grains, brown rice, oatmeal, beans, nuts, and quinoa are all foods rich in carbohydrates, yet none of these foods will cause weight gain on their own.

Myth: Skipping breakfast will help me lose weight

If you are not a breakfast person, you shouldn’t force yourself to eat, but skipping meals will catch up with you later on. Worse, research shows that skipping breakfast has many effects on your body and can actually lead to weight gain and elevate your cholesterol levels. Skipping breakfast can decrease your caloric intake for the day, but in the long run, it can slow down your metabolism.

Myth: No treats allowed

When you start restricting yourself from certain foods, you become more likely to binge eat on those foods that you tried to go without. It’s important to have a good relationship with foods and to practice being patient and kind to your body. It takes more than one treat or meal to make you overweight, just like it takes more than one workout to make you fit.You can have one, but stop and think about it before you do rather than not have it.

Myth: A gluten-free diet will help you lose weight

If you have celiac disease or are allergic to wheat or gluten, then a gluten-free diet may be medically necessary,But gluten-free diet if it is not necessary is not recommended because it is restrictive. There are health risks associated with going gluten-free including an increase in type 2 diabetes. Naturally gluten-free foods such as legumes, vegetables, and fruits are part of a healthy diet, but people often buy gluten-free cookies and muffins because they think they are healthier than traditional foods. Gluten-free foods can have the same or more calories, and they also may contain more fat or sugar, added to make the food more palatable.

Myth: I have a slow metabolism, so I can’t lose weight

True, if you have a slower metabolism, then it will be more difficult to lose weight, but there are a variety of ways to boost your metabolism. Exercising regularly and consistently fueling your body with healthy foods are two ways to increase your metabolism.

Myth: All I need to do to lose weight is exercise more

Hitting the gym for a tough workout seems like a great way to burn a lot of calories and lose weight, but at the end of the day, the reality comes down to simple math you have to burn more calories than you eat if you want to shed the pounds. Physical activity is great for your mental and physical health it helps lower your risk for many diseases but when it comes to weight loss, research shows that caloric restriction is more likely to result in clinically significant weight loss than exercise.

Myth: You won’t be able to lose weight unless you starve

Yes, you’ll probably lose weight if you’re eating so little that you’re hungry all the time, but there’s a better way. You can only walk around hungry for so long before you become ravenous and overeat or even binge then you feel guilt and shame, and it’s back to restriction…and so the pendulum swings. If someone is limiting their food intake to the point of walking around hungry on a regular basis, they also risk losing lean muscle mass, which is counterproductive to feeling good and having energy. A good weight loss program will let you eat enough so you’re not constantly feeling hungry.

Hope these busted myths and facts help you get a clearer picture on how to loose weight. Dt. Siddhi Takalkar-Deshpande is a Registered Dietitian and Founder at Nutriworks. She is the best dietician in Pune for weight loss, you can contact her and solve any doubts or ask about any more myths that you have heard. You can also reach out to Nutriworks dietician in Kothrud and Bibvewadi in Pune for the same.


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