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Weight Loss." The 6 Biggest Myth's About Dieting!
|All of our
behavior results from the thoughts that preceded it, so the
thing to work on is not your behavior, but the thing that caused
your behavior, your thoughts.
- Dr. Wayne Dyer
Let me preface this article with the notion that I truly, indeed detest the
word diet, but for simplicities sake… I’ll use it!
The stark reality is that sometimes eating too little can be a literal
roadblock in attaining a lean fit and healthy body.
Eating less in daily calories (food/nutrients), than your minimum metabolic
needs causes your body to burn muscle and store fat.
This is what is called the 'Starvation Metabolism' response, where the body,
when deprived of adequate calories, will adapt to need fewer
calories to function. As a result, dieters often regain the
weight they lose almost immediately because they have starved
their body into becoming a "fat-storing machine." Sadly the
For most of its history, the human race was subject lock, stock and smoking
barrel to the whims and fancies of dear old Mother Nature,
especially where our nutritional needs were concerned. When the
conditions were right, food was plentiful; when they were not,
the populace starved. As a result, evolution shaped our
progenerators bodies in such a way that during times of plenty,
they were able to pack on layers of fat to provide them with the
sustenance they needed to get through the lean times…not the
‘fit’ times, the ‘LEAN’ times!
And as evolution would have it, humans became adept at mastering their
environment, nevertheless, famines grew rare, and the built-up
fat reserves often went unused; our ability to manipulate the
environment had exceeded nature's slow practice of adaptation.
At present, obesity is pervasive in wealthy nations like the U.S. So what in
the heck happened to moderation and balance? Particularly
impacted are those of us of European and Eastern African origin,
whose forbearers needed bodies that could efficiently
manufacture fat reserves to outlast the periodic famines. As a
direct result, many of us have become corpulent, mostly because
it's hard for us to fight the natural tendencies of our bodies
to accumulate fat. Currently, some 64% of Americans are
overweight and more than one third are obese.
With that being said, as contemporary living human beings, we don't have to
allow nature to get the leg up on us (nature nurture then
nurture nature). Being overweight and more specifically,
over-fat isn't healthy, especially for those of us who suffer
from conditions like hypertension, diabetes, heart conditions
and other insufficiencies of adequate, abundant health.
But what's the best way to lose weight (fat)and to regain a healthy state of
As you might have guessed, there are to be nearly accurate, thousands of
specialized or Doctor/Guru-ized diets, procedures, dieting
devices, miracle pills, powders and the like out there, all of
which promise you they'll help you get lean and sleek. Some of
them actually work, but how can you tell which ones? How do you
thread your way through the plethora of dieting on your way to a
healthier, slimmer you, without setting off self-destructive
behaviors that can incapacitate your dieting efforts?
The answer to that question is this: Very Vigilantly.
While persuasive and a little facetious, it's nonetheless true. Some things
are palpably false, fraudulent, misleading or simply prey on our
innermost desires; for example, there's no magic pill (never
will be), grapefruit or otherwise, that can in an isolated form
cause you to shed the pounds. New-fangled fad diets don't work,
and neither do most of the "scientific" ones that are so
fervently promoted. Despite this, Americans are willing to spend
more than $50 billion a year on fad diets and gimmicks, when in
fact the most effective dieting advice comes down to this:
Expend more calories than you consume! What I refer to as the
two (2) E’s, Exercise and Eat Right! Get it! To Ease!!! To ease
all that ails us.
This, we know is true; it's just difficult to assemble the willpower
necessary to… belly-up to such an audaciously unpleasant
If you're adamant about your health and well-being and want to attain
‘real-results’, keep this truth in mind… “You can lose weight
and keep it off”. Peranent weight loss can happen. The intention
of this article is to help you along the way as you edify and
develop the management skills necessary to achieve success by
identifying the most common weight-loss myths that can perplex
you during your expedition. We've left out the miracle claims
and preposterous matter in favor of presenting more
reasonable-sounding myths that an intelligent person might be
beguiled and enticed by. Let's start with the most omnipresent
THE MYTH: Avoiding meals can assist you in losing weight faster.
THE TRUTH: Erroneous, Incorrect and Blatantly WRONG! This is Taking The Low
It seems logical, just like its consequence ("the fewer calories you eat,
the more weight you'll lose"), but it's not true. The effect is
the opposite of what you expect. Dieting is based on the fact
that if you burn more calories in a day than you take in, your
body will begin burning fat. While this is true, if you expect
to lose weight effectively, you need to maintain eating regular
meals, especially breakfast.
Depriving your body of its necessary fuel and nutrients causes it to go into
starvation mode; when this happens, your metabolism slows down
so that you can get by on little to no food. Once your
metabolism slows, it can be quite difficult to bring it back up
to momentum, and until it regains its pace, normal eating will
just cause you to gain more weight.
It can be a vicious cycle that's excruciatingly difficult to break. In
addition, bypassing meals can make you feel lightheaded and
weak, can have venomous effects on your cholesterol levels, and
can be extremely perilous for diabetics.
In a nutshell, fasting and crash diets are forms of self-sabotage best
avoided. What's more, eating frequently (and moderately) will
leave you less hungry throughout the day and cause a satiated
effect, so you're less likely to have or give in to your food
THE MYTH: Starches are Fattening.
THE TRUTH: False and Unsafe.
For one thing, it's difficult to completely avoid starches, since they're a
major component of staples like bread, pasta, grains, fruits,
potatoes, corn, and rice. Even if it were possible to cut out
all starches, if you did so you'd be starving your body of the
fuel it unconditionally needs in order to maintain proper
body-system function. Food consists of only three basic
substances or macro-nutrients: proteins, fats, and
carbohydrates. Starches are carbohydrates; and carbohydrates,
along with their metabolic products and core nutrients are your
body's basic fuel.
Most of the fuel your body uses comes from a carbohydrate identified as
glucose. Some glucose you might consume in the form of candy or
sodas; some carbohydrates in substances like alcohol, quickly
break down into glucose. Glucose is absorbed by your cells and
used to run your bodily processes; any excess is stored in your
liver or converted into fat, where it can be called upon at
If your body lacks glucose, it'll eventually start using any fuel source it
can find. At first these might be fat cells, but as they shrink,
your body may begin attacking the protein reserves in your
muscles for the fuel it needs, referred to as catabolisys. This
is a "last-resort" move generally saved for famine conditions,
so if it happens to you, it's bad news. The truth is that your
metabolism by virtue of your circadian rhythm is better able to
digest, to process and to assimilate certain food sources at
certain times of the day… Translation: Some foods are more
efficiently assimilated at set points of the day because of the
composition or complexity of the source and as our metabolism
rises and diminishes throughout the day. More complex foods such
as starchy carbohydrates become increasingly more difficult to
fully take through the digestive process, without a ‘diminished
returns’ effect occurring and fat storage beginning.
THE MYTH: Vegetarian or Vegan diets are healthier than omnivorous diets.
THE TRUTH: Not…
A diet (merely a regime of frequent consumption) consisting entirely of rice
and french-fries, or of bananas and cheerios, can be considered
vegetarian, but neither diet is healthy in the long run. If
you're careful, you can get by just fine on a properly balanced
vegan or vegetarian diet, but you'll have to manage your in-take
very carefully. Vegetarian diets do tend to be high in fiber and
low in fat, but the fact is that humans evolved as opportunistic
omnivores. That is, our ancestors ate anything they could get
their hands on: greens, tubers, bugs, and the occasional smidgen
of meat and this dictated how our bodies today, still require
nutrients for efficacy and fuel for performance, that’s what we
do… Perform! Preferably Efficiently! Poor Physical Performance
is what we simply call… SICK!!! Emotionally, Physically,
The human body developed and evolved to expect a diverse and varied diet,
one that could provide all the nutrients it necessitates in a
variety of forms. Meat was an important part of their diet,
perhaps the most important part because it was so uncommon.
Vegetarians must always be sure that they eat enough protein;
protein is easily available in meat, so few omnivores have to
worry about getting enough, but it's scarce in most plant foods.
Fortunately, nuts, beans, and a few other vegetable products are ready
sources of protein. If you go vegetarian, you'll also need to be
sure you get daily doses of Vitamin B12 and Zinc, supplements
often missing in vegetarian diets.
Most people can continue to exist as vegetarians if they're extremely
careful, but it's a continuous mêlée, and guess what? You can be
just as healthy and out-of-shape on a vegetarian diet as you can
on a regular diet, especially if you don't exercise regularly.
THE MYTH: Sweating facilitates weight loss.
THE TRUTH: Absolutely… If the sweat is exercise induced!
Otherwise, all you're doing is losing water weight. Sweating is
astonishingly effective at doing what it was meant to do:
cooling the body by glazing the skin with evaporative fluids.
It was never meant to act as a weight loss system. Lose enough water, and
you're toying with dehydration. Dehydration or progressive
dehydration can occur if you fail to rehydrate yourself
sufficiently after every workout. If you get sufficiently
dehydrated, your electrolyte balance will get out of whack, your
cells will be starved of the fluids they need, and you could
die. Not a happy prospect, so avoid it.
For this reason, the old sweatbox and sauna are of no use for losing real
weight. Neither are their modern "high-tech" equivalents, such
as body wraps and plastic sweat suits, no matter how many people
swear by them. All they do is dehydrate you. Yes, you lose
weight: two pounds per quart sweated away. But that's weight,
not fat. And the moment you drink enough water, you'll gain all
that weight back. Like I have said… “Weight Loss is a LIE!”
THE MYTH: Fat Free is… Calorie Free!
THE TRUTH: YEAH… RIGHT!!!
All "fat-free" means is that a particular food has no detectable fat
content. Sadly, however, is that fat and its related compounds
that give most foods their flavor. Ice cream, butter, cheese,
and a whole host of non-dairy products, including chocolate, are
little more than specially prepared, congealed fat. When
manufacturers design many fat-free products, such as bread,
cookies, ice cream, and the like, they know these products will
be mostly dry and flavorless without fat.
Some fat substitutes are available, but they can cause gastrointestinal
upset, and most are expensive. This leaves one common ingredient
that manufacturers can use to make their products taste better:
sugar. And they use it liberally; so many fat-free products are
high in calories.
Furthermore, plenty of foods like breads and pasta are low in fat, but rich
in carbohydrates and we already know what that means.
Carbohydrates break down easily into our friend glucose, which
can result in increased fat when consumed in excess.
You always have to consider calorie and portion size; you're fooling
yourself if you do otherwise. Moderation is the key to dieting
success… Any …long-term success for that matter.
The Myth: You Either Diet Or Exercise, You Can’t Do Both Simultaneously!
The Truth: Don’t Get Me Started!!!
Yes…you can do both together and you should, it is referred to as Synergy;
the coordination of two effective components working
concurrently to derive a greater benefit than if isolated.
The dieting myths and misconceptions explored in this article represent just
the tip of the proverbial iceberg. There are thousands of them
out there: some are ridiculous and barely worthy of notice-like
the suggestion that eating standing up helps you lose weight, or
that you can base a diet on your blood type or color of
hair-while others are less obvious, like those discussed here.
Dieting isn't easy and, while it's human nature to look for a simple
solution to a problem, that strategy just won't work in this
case. So heed these hints, and take it easy. Don't skip meals,
keep your diet properly balanced, and exercise regularly. Avoid
all fads, pills, and extravagant claims, because if it sounds
too good to be true...well, you know the rest.
It doesn’t take more than losing a few pounds before you'll notice a
difference in the way you look and feel. And, if you lose only a
few pounds at first, even if you've been at it for a while, so
what? Pick up a five or ten pound bag of flour and carry it
around for a day, and you'll see how quickly you'll get tired of
lugging that excess weight around.
Application of sound methodology is always the most effective means to
achieve any objective, with that said, if you want to truly shed
those extra kilos of fat, then do yourself a favor and draw up a
plan, combine all the necessary elements of success and execute
About the author:
Kurt Lee Hurley's clients refer to him as the "Secret Weapon" and
after over 3,000 weight loss successes, his Provo, Utah Wellness
Facility has become known as a "Results Factory" a "Living
Laboratory" of Achievement, Enhanced Human Performance and a
place to congregate for Empowerment and of course, the Success
of attaining Weight Loss RESULTS!