Four Common Myths About Weight Loss

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Obesity has reached pandemic proportions, because obesity is a common health hazard throughout the world and not limited to affluent countries alone. Where there is obesity, there will be trying for weight loss, well in many/most cases. When there a try for weight loss, there is bound to be certain misconceptions related to weight loss regimes and planning. If you are trying to shed extra pounds you have gained, you will be filled with suggestions and advice from your near ones and even from strangers. But, beware of free and inexpert advice for your weight loss plan.

There are many common myths associated with weight loss. Some of the common myths regarding weight loss are:

Myth one: you need to exercise in areas where fat is located.

Fact: That means, since large amount of fat is located in abdomen, we need to exercise using abdominal muscles. The truth is, when we exercise (for example aerobic exercise, skipping etc.) the fat is burned. It does not matter which area (legs, arms or chest muscles) is be exercised. Weight loss is ultimately result of calories intake and calories expenditure. When we eat something we intake calorie and when we exercise (e.g. walk, jog, run, gym workouts or any household work) we spent calorie. The expenditure of calories should be more than calorie intake for weight loss to occur. The greater the difference of output and intake of calories the greater will be the weight loss.

Myth two: If you exercise you will feel hungry and ultimately end up eating more.

Fact: There is no truth in this myth. Yes, if you exercise, your appetite will improve. By eating properly (balanced diet) and timely manner (eating several small meals, instead of eating only two large meals) it is possible to eat normal and do exercise at the same time and reduce weight.

Myth three: I am obese, because my metabolism is slow.

Fact: The fact is totally opposite. Actually obese people burn more calories at rest. Metabolism at rest known as BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the energy required to sustain all vital body functions at complete rest), which is actually more among obese people, because it is the surface area of body which determines BMR. As obese people have larger body surface area, their BMR is proportionately higher. Thin people have lesser body surface area and have lower BMR. The BMR is approximately 40 calorie per square meter per hour. A thin person may have 1.7 square meter body surface are and need 68 calories per hour and 1632 calories in 24 hours to sustain vital body function at complete rest. If an obese person has body surface of 1.9 square meter due to excess fat deposits in the body, will require 76 calories per hour and 1824 calories in 24 hours to sustain vital body function at complete rest, which is 192 calories extra per day. That means an obese person actually needs more calories to sustain basic body functions. Obese persons also have greater muscle mass to support the extra weight, which needs extra calories.

Myth four: Quitting smoking causes weight gain.

Fact: there is no basis of this myth. Studies have shown that smokers do not have better control over their body weight than non-smokers. Heavy smokers tend to gain more weight than light smokers and non-smokers.

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2 Comments

  • Chris September 10, 2014 07.04 am

    G’day,

    Great piece, good to see you pumping out quality content. Keep it up!

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  • Mithun Nair April 24, 2015 10.39 am

    A great read. Following a good diet plan and a little exercise always works for losing weight. But for instant results for those who are suffering from obesity, bariatric surgery is the only option.

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