Debunking Myths of Weight Loss

We have all heard crazy stories and myths of weight loss.

Some have even tried them, only to realize it was just a myth and not a sustainable lifestyle.

When it comes to weight loss, there are so many myths out there!  Here, we will address some common questions and misconceptions so you can live a healthy, happy life!

Myths of Weight Loss 1- If you workout, you can eat whatever you want.

The answer, unfortunately, is no.  You can not eat whatever you want because you worked out.

Losing weight is a combination of food and exercise.

Studies show that 70% of weight loss is food, 20% is exercise, and 10% is genetics or biological things we have no control over.

 

Why is food such a huge percent of weight loss?

Losing weight is mathematical.

Let me show you!

On average, a girl needs to eat 2000 calories a day to maintain, and boys need 2500 calories.  If I burned 500 calories exercising, how many calories do I need to eat to maintain

For a girl, the total calories needed to maintain would be:

2000 to maintain +  500 burned in exercise =  2500 total calories needed

 

But what if I ate 3000 calories that day.  Would I lose weight?

3000 Calories eaten today  – 2500 total calories needed to maintain = 500 extra calories

 

So even though I exercised really hard, I still won’t lose weight because of how much I ate.  I actually will gain weight because I ended the day with a surplus of 500 calories.

 

Myths of weight loss debunked- You can not exercise away a bad diet.

 

A body needs to burn 3500 calories for 1 pound, so if you want to lose 1 pound a week, you must cut 500 calories a day.  You must end the day consuming less calories then you need to maintain to lose weight.

If you ate 2000 calories and burned 500 calories while exercising and did this everyday, then you would lose 1 pound a week.

 

Is exercise important for weight loss?  Yes!

When we strengthen our muscles, we increase our metabolism, or how many calories you burn in a day.  If you are trying to lose weight, increasing the amount of calories you burn is crucial.  You also increase your lean body mass when you exercise, which also helps increase the number of calories you burn every day.

It is recommended that you get at least 20 minutes of exercise 3 days a week, but increasing this amount will result in you burning more calories.  If you are trying to lose weight, the more you burn, the better!

 

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