The 4 Biggest Weight Loss Myths (Influencers & Social Media Get It Wrong) by Dr. Sue Decotiis
Our social media feeds are filled with weight loss regimens and now, new reports about medical solutions such as Ozempic for weight loss. But many gym rats don't understand why their particular workout just isn't working.
The biggest myths in weight loss are:
- It's just your lifestyle, if you fix your lifestyle you'd lose weight. This is a common thought, however, many people who eat healthy and exercise still have trouble losing weight. There may be something deeper going on. I deal with a lot with insulin resistance, which many people do not even realize they have. It can lead to weight gain, central obesity, high blood pressure, brain fog and more.
- You can lose weight by working out. Exercising has many mental and physical benefits but running on a treadmill or doing endless sit-ups is not going to reach weight-loss goals. People can only burn so many calories per hour and probably less than you might think. If your metabolism is slow to begin with it’s not going to get into high gear just because you are active. With cardio, the pulse rate rises and the body sources blood sugar for quick energy, not fat stores. Lower pulse rates during exercise burn more fat than sugar.
- Eat five to seven small meals throughout the day. This one has been believed by so many. Following this method of eating is not helpful for weight loss. It does not help the metabolism, even if the calories are kept low. Insulin must rally after every intake of food. If it's being called on frequently it will not work as efficiently. Insulin is the metabolic engine.
- Weight gain is inevitable with age. Not so! Treatments to balance hormones and insulin can maintain a stable body composition such that muscle mass and bone mass do not decline, and fat mass does not rise. This supports a healthy metabolism.
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