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Weight Loss Myths
Weight loss is big business and big news. Billions of dollars are spent worldwide on fat loss products, plans, schemes, weight loss companies, gym memberships, exercise equipment, diets, books, supplements, media advertising, substitute meals, and drinks… you name it, it’s available. Fat loss products and weight loss myths.
Before we commit our hard-earned dollars to anything, we really need to know what is useful, what is real, and what is myth, lies, and fallacy.
Weight Loss should always be continuous
Most people believe that successful weight loss involves a steady continuous decline in the numbers on their scales. However, this simply is not true. Weight loss is an on-going long-term project. Our weight fluctuates. It is a fact.
Some days we might be carrying more fluid. Some days our digestive system has not eliminated food as efficiently as other days. We may be exercising more strenuously and doing some weight training. Therefore we have increased muscle mass which weighs more than fat.
For women, the menstrual cycle can cause quite significant fluctuations in weight, due to fluid retention. Also, some food actually weighs more than other food. If food has a high water content, it can weigh more. The main thing is to look at weight loss as a long term goal and remember that fat-loss is the most important goal to try to achieve.
Concentrate on measuring your fat-loss, and monitoring your overall health, rather than being fixated on minor fluctuations on the scales. They are normal.
Willpower is the most important factor
There are so many factors that contribute to obesity, and willpower is certainly not the most important. We have heard this so often, that obese people lack willpower and if they could just be super determined to win the weight loss battle, then that’s how they will succeed.
However, genetics and medical conditions do play a significant role in why a person is prone to obesity. For example, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and hypothyroidism causes weight gain. Some medications will also contribute to obesity, including some contraceptive pills, medicines for diabetes, antipsychotic and antidepressant medicine.
Another factor that contributes to obesity is being Leptin resistant. The leptin hormone tells your brain that it has enough fat stored. However, if you’re leptin resistant, Then the signal doesn’t work and your brain mistakenly believes that you’re starving.
Willpower does play a role in losing weight but for many people, due to their biological, environmental, hormonal and chemical circumstances, the battle is much harder. When the battle is hard, it’s easier to give up.
But, there are ways of overcoming the more difficult odds and along with some determination, encouragement, and hormone balancing supplements like Tetrogen, fat and weight loss is achievable for everyone.
Calories are all the same value
This is similar advice to the age-old ‘eat less and move more’ advice. Many say that providing you take in the correct amount of calories for weight loss then it doesn’t matter what form they take; that calories are all the same. This is not true. Calories have the same energy content, but they do not all have the same effect on our bodies. Protein calories are different from fat calories or carbohydrate calories. They use different metabolic pathways through the body and therefore have different effects on our hunger and hormones.
For example, protein calories activate our metabolism, help us to feel full and reduce the presence of insulin, as well as helping to regulate other hormones that control our fat cells and weight.
Another example is the difference between carbohydrate calories from fruit and carbohydrate calories from candy. The fruit calories provide vitamins as well as helping our bodies to feel full.
We also know that fat calories are not all equal. There are fats that are very beneficial for our bodies, such as those found in avocados and olive oil; and fats that are extremely detrimental to our bodies such as trans fats.
They Say “Fat Loss Products and Diets are the answer!”
Of course, if you stick to a weight loss diet you will lose weight. However, at least 85% of people who successfully lose weight on a diet will regain that weight within a year, or even less. Unfortunately, studies indicate that people who go on weight-loss diets, usually not only regain their weight but continue to increase weight, until their next attempt at a different weight loss diet.
So what is the answer to successful Fat Loss?
Definitely do not think about long term weight loss in terms of “going on a diet”. To successfully reduce unwanted fat, we need to change our lifestyle and change our thinking. These factors require time and a lot of adjustments.
We need to think in terms of our health, our wellness and how to maintain good habits throughout our lifetime. Fat loss products may help jump start weight loss but they are not the magical solution many assume. It is never too late to change, but quick fixes are not the answer. Yo-yo dieting is very bad for your health.
It is really important to avoid an extreme attitude to weight loss. Strict diets are really hard to adhere to in the long term and will usually result in a pattern of dieting and bingeing. It is best to follow the 80/20 rule; eat healthily 80 percent of the time, have some treats the other 20 percent. Then, talk about it with others going through the same processes as you in a community.
Mike Dorfman is BS in Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. Mike’s has worked as a personal trainer for Gold’s Gym and helped many clients achieve their weight-loss and fitness goals.
To health first, weight-loss second. Mike and Tetrogen are here to help you make the transition to the healthier, happier, and thinner you!