15 Shocking Facts About Losing Weight

1. Weight loss pills don't work

A study published online in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism shows that there is no existing literature proving that any single weight loss pill results in significant weight loss.

Most weight-loss supplements are not worth the money spent on them, and some can be harmful.

2. "Cleansing" and "detoxifying" diets have no basis in science. They are pointless

There is no compelling evidence to support the use of detox diets for weight management or toxin elimination.

3. "Diet" sodas can contribute to weight gain

Even though they brand themselves as zero calories. Your brain registers "fake sugar" as the real stuff, which contributes to increased cravings and potential over-eating.

4. Half of Dr. Oz's medical advice is baseless or wrong, study says

America's favourite T.V. doctor has come under scrutiny in a recent study, putting much of his health and weight loss advice into question.

5. Larger appetites, not slow metabolisms, are the main factor causing weight gain

Most people have similar metabolisms. The different calorie intakes caused by different appetite levels is what causes weight gain for most people. Genetics are the reason for why some people have larger appetites.

6. Most supplements are not effective and do NOT help you lose weight

The FDA doesn't regulate the supplement industry, meaning that weight loss supplements can make claims about their effectiveness without any evidence to support their claims. Weight Loss Supplements that Actually Work

7. The term "toned muscle" doesn't make any sense

All you can do lower your body fat percentage and/or gain muscle; "toning" doesn't mean anything. If you see a workout program or class claiming to help you "tone" your muscles, then you should run, because they are saying buzz words with no science

8. Lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain

The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which increases your appetite. In the US, 40% of people get less than the recommended amount of sleep.

9. Gluten free diets are not healthier or beneficial for weight-loss

Gluten-free diets are sometimes promoted to help lose weight, or as a "healthier" diet for the general population. These claims are unfounded.

The gluten-free diet is healthier for people with gluten-related disorders (celiac disease or gluten sensitivity), but there is no evidence that it is beneficial for people who do not have these conditions.

10. Low carb diets ranked last for weight loss effectiveness

Low carb diets like the "Keto" diet ranked poorly for weight loss effectiveness. Carbohydrates are essential for maintaining healthy body function and effective long-term weight loss.

11. Treadmill desks can be one of the most effective weight loss tools

You are able to burn significantly more calories each day when using a walking desk. This translates into losing weight and feeling better. It also helps to eliminate back pain

12. You don't need to change what you are eating to lose weight

Just make sure that you are consuming less calories than what your body is using, and you will lose weight. You can lose weight without doing an extreme diet like Atkinson's or Paleo diet.

13. Lack of exercise, not over-eating, is a main factor in weight gain

A study from the "American Journal of Medicine" says that a lack of exercise, not excessive calories, are the main reason for weight gain.

14. Doing cardio to lose weight is pointless

Running for 20 minutes at 6 mph only burns a measly 229 calories; a Kit Kat bar only has 215 calories. If you want to lose weight, you should be focusing on reducing your food intake, not running endlessly on a treadmill.

Cardio is still important for your cardiovascular health, but it isn't a main factor for losing weight.

15. Fast weight loss can result in loss of muscle mass

If you lose weight too fast (more than 2 pounds per week), then you could run the risk of losing lean tissue especially if you're not overweight. 7 Factors That Determine How Fast You Can Lose Weight

Article written by Katie Willen of microbladingeyebrowsalon.com

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