One of the first things most people will do right after Christmas is to make a grim-faced resolution to lose all the extra weight they put on during the holidays. However, there are many weight loss myths around that could put all your efforts to naught. Here are the top three.
All calories are the same
Some weight loss proponents insist that calories are calories. It is a unit of energy so it does not matter from where it comes. You still have to burn it to lose weight. If you eat 500 calories of a sweet dessert, for example, it is the same as eating 500 calories of meat. However, that is not true. Protein calories can help you lose weight by making you feel less hungry and ramping up your metabolic rate. The calories in the butter and sugar just sit there, waiting and making you crave more of it.
This may be a logical conclusion from above, but it depends on the carbs. The refined sugar and wheat in cake, for example, is a definite no-no if you want to lose weight. Other types of carbs such as corn, bananas, white potatoes, and whole grain bread supply you with the energy, vitamins, and minerals you need to get through your day without feeling like you’ve been tossed into the spin cycle of your washing machine.
While most people who like to get up early get grumpy without their breakfast, eating it does not have any significant effect on weight loss despite what some people claim. It is true that breakfast-eaters are more likely to weigh less than those who skip breakfast, but that is usually because breakfast eaters tend to have healthier lifestyles. For one thing, they wake up early enough to have breakfast, so it probably means they sleep early too. Breakfast per se has no magical powers of weight loss.
A good rule of thumb for sustainable weight loss is to eat when you are hungry, stop when you are satisfied, and eat non-processed, whole foods. You probably won’t lose weight at once, but you will lose weight that stays lost.