The 3 Biggest Weight Loss Lies You’ve Been Told

I firmly believe that a lot of the difficulty people have losing weight is because of all the misinformation and B.S. there is floating around.  When faced with conflicting or confusing information, people opt to do nothing.  And a lot of the diet information that is peddled to us is just flat out wrong.

So, how do you know what’s right and what’s wrong?  Many won’t take the time to educate themselves, and many others will be fed wrong information by well-intentioned friends and family members. 

With that in mind, here’s what I consider to be 3 of the biggest weight loss lies:

  • “All you have to do is eat fat-free/sugar-free foods” – Not so.  This is one of those nasty marketing tricks that you need to be careful of.  I read a great example of this somewhere…cotton candy is fat free, and butter is sugar free.  Do either one of these two things strike you as foods you would eat and expect to lose weight?
  • “To lose weight you gotta eat less” – Now, please know that I’m not against a reduction in your calories.  In fact, I think most people DO eat too many calories just based on portion sizes.   The problem is too many people throw themselves into a diet that is TOO LOW in calories and end up in starvation mode.  When this happens, weight loss becomes or non-existent as the body holds on to every ounce it can to protect you from starving to death.
  • “You can lose weight by eating anything you want, just eat less of it” – This is a bunch of hogwash.  By this way of thinking, you could do just fine on a diet of Snickers, Oreos and Pepsi as long as you’re eating less of it than usual.  It just doesn’t work this way.

You won’t go wrong by following the basics of sound nutrition and simple exercise.  Reduce sugar, reduce white flour, reduce portion size, eat whole foods, avoid processed foods and do some kind of gentle exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week. 

It really is that simple.

And that’s the truth. 

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8 Responses to “The 3 Biggest Weight Loss Lies You’ve Been Told”

  1. Rick Says:

    Amen, bro.

  2. Chicken Girl Says:

    The problem is too many people throw themselves into a diet that is TOO LOW in calories and end up in starvation mode. When this happens, weight loss becomes or non-existent as the body holds on to every ounce it can to protect you from starving to death.

    From what I understand, this is itself a myth. Your metabolism takes a hit when you reduce calories, whether you reduce a lot or a little, but unless there is something seriously medically wrong with you, it is just not possible for your metabolism to crash to such an extent that you can’t lose weight. The problem with super-low calorie diets is that most people can’t stay on such a severe diet. (Also, unless it’s very well planned out and under a doctor’s supervision, probably not good nutritionally either.)

    Bottom line is there is a certain amount of energy that your body needs, and it is non-negotiable. And it will come from body fat if necessary.

  3. Sandy Says:

    One thing I have found in the past that helped me…eat only when you are hungry and stop eating when you feel full. There is a lag between your tummy and your brain and you are actually full before you FEEL full. This will only help so much though it will help to a degree on cutting back on how much you eat. It still needs to be healthy and well balanced and you will still need exercise…but it is a start is training your body to not gorge.

    Another thing…drink some water before you eat…sometimes the body confuses the hunger signal with the thirsty signal so you may be thirsty and NOT hungry…

  4. thedietpulpit Says:

    You always know how to get right to the heart of the matter! 🙂 great post

  5. thedietpulpit Says:

    Brain – your blog has won the first Halo Blog Award and is now listed in our Halo Award Gallery. If you want to post a copy of the award graphic on your site please feel free to do so (but its totally optional of course). Congratulations from all of us here at The Diet Pulpit.

  6. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hey, all — thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

    RICK — 🙂

    CHICKEN GIRL — You make an interesting…and touchy…point. I’ve read some of the same points you make, and they make sense to me. For example, people who’ve had gastric by-pass surgery are on extremely low calorie diets for MONTHS at a time. My concern, though, is that people will start an extremely low-cal eating plan and not be able to stick to it. It’s hard enough to lose weight without setting yourself up for possible failure. Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion!

    SANDY — You make 2 GREAT points — thanks for contributing! Be sure to keep coming back.

    LADY ROSE — Thanks for your kind words, and thanks for the Halo Blog Award! I’m honored. I’ll definitely be posting the award graphic with pride. Probably won’t be until the weekend, though…:-)

    Brian

  7. Sandy Says:

    Hello again…I wanted to comment on Chicken Girls comment as well….it isn’t so much that you will stop losing weight…people on calorie restriction and anorexics still lose weight…what happens is most people can’t stay on that kind of a diet and if you splurge now and again or go off the diet it can make you gain more weight than before because your body is in starvation mode and THEN it holds on to everything as it thinks food is few and far between so when it gets it, it keeps it.

    And grats on your reward bri!

  8. loseweightwithme Says:

    Hello again to you, too, Sandy 🙂

    Thanks for the clarification, and thanks for stopping by.

    Brian

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