It’s easy to get suckered into common fitness beliefs that spread quickly online: all carbs are bad, you can “detox” your body with a juice cleanse, and cardio is the only way to lose fat. The problem is, many of these so-called tenets of weight loss have no basis in fact; they’re nothing more than myths.
There are six common myths people believe when it comes to losing weight:
- Running is best for losing weight.
- Juice cleansing will shed pounds fast.
- Eating at night makes you fat.
- Skipping meals puts you in starvation mode.
- Ditching carbs slims you down.
- Sweat belts melt belly fat.
The truth is, in order for you to lose weight, you need to be in a daily caloric deficit. You can create a calorie deficit through portion control, moving your body daily, and resistance training. Ultimately for you to keep the weight off, it will be about creating lifestyle habits that you can continue long term.
The bottom line: if it sounds questionable or too good to be true, be sure to dig into the research; a random “fact” that goes viral may just be a myth.