One hears a lot of rhetoric about counting calories in regards to weight loss. But how much of it is theory and how much is truth? Some of these myths could be prohibiting your weight loss goals. For instance, a new study from Harvard University found the number of calories consumed is not necessarily as important as the quality of the calories. What if counting your calories isn’t as helpful as counting what kind of calories go into your body? Below we cover a few of the top weight loss myths, the alternative solutions and evidence behind it.
Just Count Calories
The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study providing physiological evidence that low fat diets aren’t as beneficial as once believed. Dr. David Ludwig, study author at Boston Children’s Hospital, says low fat diets are too simple of a vision. Instead, focus on reducing highly processed carbohydrates. The low glycemic index plan focuses on the quality of carbohydrates, pushing participants towards vegetables, legumes, fruits and foods rich in healthy fats. Researchers found that study participants on a low glycemic diet burned calories in a healthier, more sustaining manner than those following other diet protocols.
Low-fat or Fat Free is Healthier
Although a low fat, or fat free food item may sound as a healthier choice, it may not be, in fact. When a food has fat or natural sugar removed, flour, salt, starch and artificial sweeteners are added to improve flavor and texture which add unhealthy calories. Read ingredient labels, and notice the added chemicals, artificial additives and calories to make it ‘fat free’. Choose food closest to its raw state for a healthy choice. A full-fat avocado is a much better choice for burning fat and losing weight than a ‘fat free’ yogurt ladened with added sugars and sweeteners, which just adds weight around your middle.
Lifting Weights Will Just Make Me Bulk Up
Lifting weights actually helps you build muscle, which in turn, burns off excess fat. Lifting weights is the fastest route to losing weight. Doing strength training exercises 2 or 3 times a week will not bulk a person up. The US Department of Health and Human Services suggests adults get 150 to 300 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity along with strength training exercises at least 2 times a week.
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