Losing weight can be difficult. But these 10 widespread myths make it even harder.
The sheer volume of misinformation regarding weight loss makes this subject difficult to navigate. While the basic principles of losing weight are simple, experts often make the process more difficult than it needs to be.
In an excerpt from the book The Four-Pack Revolution: How You Can Aim Lower, Cheat on Your Diet, and Still Lose Weight and Keep it Off, co-authors Chael Sonnen and Ryan Parsons address the top 10 most prominent weight loss myths you need to stop believing.
1. A CALORIE IS A CALORIE
Your body metabolizes various foods in different ways. Proteins, fats, and carbohydrates have diverse effects on your hunger, blood sugar, and hormonal responses. One calorie of protein is not the same as a calorie of sugar. For example, 250 calories from a grilled chicken breast can boost your metabolism and reduce appetite and cravings, but 250 calories from a can of soda will spike your blood sugar and may affect your mood and energy level. Calories from whole, natural sources are generally more filling than refined, processed foods.
2. LOSING WEIGHT IS A LINEAR PROCESS
Your weight can fluctuate daily by several pounds depending on when you weigh yourself, how much water you’re retaining, and the type of food you have recently eaten. Tracking healthy, long-term weight loss will show an overall downward trend with periods of small gains and occasional plateaus. So don’t be surprised if it takes a few days for the scale to acknowledge your effort.