8 myths and facts about weight loss

Are you determined to regain your dream body shape? To do this, you must know how to differentiate between what is true and what is false when it comes to weight loss.

Myth or fact?

A number of false beliefs about weight loss are out there. It can sometimes be more difficult to do the right things when we are misinformed. To help you make the best choices possible, we have drawn up a list of a few popular claims regarding weight loss. See if they stem from myth or fact.

1. You must accept to feel hunger often to lose weight.

Answer: False.
Depriving yourself excessively has disadvantages that make the exercise counterproductive. First, depriving your body of food increases the risk of overeating at your next meal or of giving in to a craving. Also, when the body is subjected to food deprivation, its reflex is then to store reserves. The result is that, instead of losing weight, you may gain some. Eat until you are satisfied, have smaller portions and healthy snacks.

2. If I exercise a lot, I can eat anything I want.

Answer: False.
To lose weight, you must reduce your calorie intake and increase physical activity. If you stuff yourself with dessert after every meal, you won’t have enough time in a day to burn off all of the calories you have accumulated. Aim for balance: exercise regularly, eat better and have smaller portions, but be sure to eat until you are satisfied. This is a strategy that will bring you favourable results.

3. Drinking plenty of water promotes weight loss.

Answer: True.
Water in itself does not have weight loss properties. However, it contains zero calories, so if you replace your usual drinks which do contain calories (milk, soft drinks, juice, etc.), you reduce your daily calorie intake. For some individuals, it has the effect of suppressing hunger. Drinking water also has a number of other benefits on health.

4. Consuming alcohol contributes to weight gain.

Answer: True.
Alcoholic beverages usually contain a lot of calories and consuming them in large quantities can contribute to weight gain. For example, 12 ounces of regular beer can contain about 140 calories on average. A 150-ml glass of white wine contains about 120 calories. Some cocktails, such as a daiquiri or pina colada with white rum can contain up to 450 calories for a 250-ml glass. Admittedly, this warrants some thought… as well as moderation!

5. Eating fibre is beneficial for weight loss.

Answer: True.
Foods rich in fibre, such as fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grain cereal, etc. are usually more nutritional and contain fewer calories. Dietary fibre slows digestion and reduces the sensation of hunger. Therefore, individuals who add more dietary fibre to their diet find it easier to lose weight. It should be noted that fibre has a number of other benefits on health.

6. Diets centered on fasting are beneficial for health and weight loss.

Answer: False.
In fact, nothing could be less true. Fasting has no benefits on health. It can have harmful effects such as fatigue, dizziness, nausea or cause blood pressure to drop. Moreover, this is not a strategy that has been proven effective for weight loss in the medium or long-term.

7. Losing weight helps prevent certain chronic illnesses.

Answer: True.
A number of studies have in fact shown a link between being overweight or obese and developing certain diseases. This is the case, among others, for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and certain types of cancers. Therefore, losing weight contributes to living a longer and healthier life.

8. Losing weight: it couldn’t be easier!

Answer: False.
No, losing weight is far from being easy every day. It often requires challenging ourselves, lifestyle changes, effort, hard work and motivation. If you make time for yourself and establish an action plan, there’s no doubt that you will be able to achieve your objective for a healthy weight. Surrounding yourself with competent healthcare professionals may prove to be useful.

Your pharmacist could be a valuable ally in helping you achieve your objectives for better health. Talk to him/her to get some useful advice.

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8 myths and facts about weight loss

Are you determined to regain your dream body shape? To do this, you must know how to differentiate between what is true and what is false when it comes to weight loss.
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