The amount of information and therapeutics on weight loss is so enormous that you can’t possibly exhaust it. The race to shred or lose every bit of fat has spawned a multi-billion dollar industry in diets, supplements and even surgery. In the US alone, the weight loss industry is valued at $72 billion. If possible, convert that very figure into your currency and tell me the actual amount via the comment section.

The question is what is it about weight loss that is making millions of people scour the internet daily for “weight loss tips”, “how to lose weight in 2 weeks” and other body slimming related keywords? Slimming or intentional weight loss has a lot of benefits which include: decreased risk of diabetes, lowered blood pressure, improved cholesterol levels, decreased risk of heart disease, improved mobility, decreased joint pain, improved blood sugar levels, decreased risk of stroke, reduced back pain, decreased risk or improvement in symptoms of osteoarthritis, decreased risk or improvement in symptoms of sleep apnea.

However, many of the information on weight loss are shrouded (covered) in MYTHS. So what are the weight loss myths that we need to debunk?

YOU CAN EXERCISE AWAY THE FAT: This is probably the most popular weight loss misconception. Indeed regular exercise is good for your body and brain. Regular exercise reduces the risk of chronic diseases, boosts sex drive, helps you relax and sleep better, helps the flow of blood and oxygen. And also burn some calories. However, the blunt truth is that; all the exercise in the world won’t help you lose weight if you don’t pay attention to your diet.

GO ON A JUICE CLEANSING DIET: Juice cleansing is the practice of weaning yourself from solid food and drinking fresh smoothies and juices extracted from vegetables and fruits. It is believed this can help detoxify the body, support digestion and jumpstart weight loss. Indeed you would lose some weight with this diet plan; however, most of the weight lost in this process would be fluid or water weight.

STAY AWAY FROM FATTY FOOD: Fat provides essential nutrients and should be an important part of a healthy eating plan. You only need to limit fats to avoid extra calories. If you are trying to lose weight, consider eating small amounts of food with healthy fats, such as avocados, olives or nuts.

NO LATE-NIGHT EATING: It is often advised that one shouldn’t eat later than 8 p.m. This idea stems from animal studies, which suggest that the body may use consumed calories differently past a certain time of day. Some researchers hypothesize that eating at night goes against your circadian rhythm, which is the 24-hour cycle that tells your body when to sleep, eat and wake.  However, not all studies in humans support this notion. It is not actually when you eat that matters but what and how much you eat.

SKIP BREAKFAST: Should you skip breakfast in order to slim down? No. Breakfast is not just the most important meal of the day, but a good breakfast ensures you don’t miss out on the essential nutrients that you would need. And skipping meals altogether can result in tiredness.

WEIGHT LOSS PILLS: In a bid to slim down, many ingest different types of diet pills and herbal supplements. Many of these pills make vague promises and claims which are not backed by clinical research. These pills may cause damage to your health in the long run.

FASTING OR STARVATION DIET: Yes, fasting or starvation would indeed lead to weight loss; however, the risk outweighs the benefits. When you drastically reduce food intake, your body goes into conservation mode. It burns calories slowly. Also, bear in mind that the initial weight lost during fasting or starvation is primarily fluid and not fat.

YOU CAN TARGET SPECIFIC SPOTS: Not everyone wants a total weight loss. A large number of people are bothered about the fat in particular areas of their body such as the belly or thighs. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence to prove that you can burn fat in only specific areas of your body.

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