Top 5 Lies about Weight Loss

A quick search for the topic “top mistakes made when trying to lose weight” or any similar search query gives you millions of search results that all repeat the same thing and they all follow the same pattern. Well, I’m now going against all of them and I’m going to reveal the truth for you so you don’t have to discover itself.

1. Fad Diets are Bad for You

Most diet “experts”, who by the way in 99% of the cases have never been fat, claim the so called fad diets are bad for you. Fad diets are diets that will invoke rapid weight loss. Most of them focus on a single raw material such as cabbage (ex: “Cabbage Soup Diet”). The reason why they are considered bad? They are only focusing on an initial weight loss and are bad for you long term or they don’t tell you how to go on after the days/weeks/months described on the information page/book of the diet. Well, let me tell you this. If you are obese, say about 300 pounds (that makes about 140 kilograms), wouldn’t you want a kick start to begin your new life? Just like you want a kick into most things to get the motivation, you want to get a kick here aswell. Wouldn’t it feel absolutely fantastic to lose like 8 pounds the first week and then another 8 pounds the second week? That two week rapid weight loss will give most of the people enough motivation to keep on going. Sure, it isn’t healthy to go on with these diets if you are already at your ideal weight (i.e. people wishing to become anorectic). But it hasn’t been proven to be bad for you. So go on with your cabbage soup, it’s good for you, in two ways. Aside from your way away from the obesity, it’s also good for your mental health.

2. Excessive amounts of Cardio is good for you

No, it isn’t good for you. If you have read my previous posts you will understand why this is my reaction but if you haven’t, here it is. You can’t lose much weight on cardio or any type of excercise because you won’t be able to do it for the time required to make any significant change in your weight loss phase compared to just cutting down the foods you eat. You’re obese? You won’t be able to run. You’re overweight? You won’t be able to run for hours. This is generalization, there might be someone able to run as an obese person or run for several hours as an overweight person, but these are exceptions. Running is what burns the most, that is why I use running as an example. Take walking, if you are obese you would have to walk briskly for one hour to a day to lose one pound per week. Most of them can’t walk for one hour, and definitely not briskly. But by just removing all of your carbohydrates from your daily intakes, you’d have atleast two pounds, right there. And that is below average. Most obese people (according to a study) eat a lot more carbohydrates than 1,000 calories per day. You have that chocolate, sugar, french fries, potatoes, rice, candies of all sorts, bread, flour, and a lot more. I remember saving 2,000 calories per day by removing my carbohydrates. Which sums up to 4 pounds per week. Doing nothing. Just sitting there, watching TV.

3. Unrealistic Goals will de-motivate you because they aren’t achievable

Why did I pick that lie? Simply because they are achievable. Let me tell you one thing, and I’m quoting this from the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness” (a fantastic movie featuring Will Smith), “Don’t ever let somebody tell you…you can’t do something. You got a dream..you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves..they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something go get it.”. And that is the truth. When people can’t do something themselves, they tell you that you can’t do it. That is wrong.

30 pounds in 1 month? Sure, it is hard and it will be a hell to do it, but that doesn’t mean it is unachievable. Everything is possible. Impossiblity is nothing. It was “impossible” to travel to space 2,000 years ago. But what did we do half a century ago? We traveled to space.

Don’t ever let somebody tell you…you can’t do something.

4. Checking your Weight too Often puts you Off

It doesn’t, trust me. They tell you to not check your weight to often simply because your weight fluctuates as every day goes by, yes, it does fluctuate but you can see the difference from day to day and that might be enough motivation to keep on as each day goes by. Atleast, that worked for me. And my friends. And other people. But, it supposedly didn’t help the ultra-fit-against-fast-weight-loss-athletic-who-has-never-been-overweight person. I don’t doubt them that it didn’t help them. But then, why would they want to check their weight?

5. Doing it Alone is Bad

It isn’t bad. No. You’re alone, you want to lose weight. But then you get that recommendation to do it with someone else overweight so you can motivate each other. Well, you don’t want that. That extra person will overload you, he or she will often tell you to skip things, to do that instead of that.

For me, I did it alone and in secret without telling someone about it (i.e. being on a diet) just so I would get compliments everyday or two about how I’m making progress, and I would just blame it on sickness. That is actually a fantastic way to get confirmation that you’re losing weight. Don’t tell anybody, and when that day comes when somebody gives you a compliment for how much thinner you have got, you can just smile and prove yourself.

But it can be good to do it with somebody else, but I’d say do whatever you want.

And that is all for this list. The reason why I wrote this in the category “Top 10 Lists” is simply because there are so many repetive lies on the internet, they may be different things on the surface but they are all the same things in the ends. “Don’t do rapid weight loss”, “Don’t do it alone”, “Do it with someone else”. See? The two last ones are differently named, but they are in the end, the same.

Please, don’t hesitate to make a comment. I’m eager to see your opinions and I would love to take a discuss with you.