Weight loss has been a popular topic for many years. However, there is a lot of wrong information surrounding the matter. Here are the top seven weight loss myths that have been debunked.

Losing Weight is a Linear Process
Like all things in life, weight loss has its ups and downs. You may start to lose weight and then gain some back or vice versa. Weight change can be due to water intake or hormone levels. This is entirely normal! A person needs to focus on the overall results and not just the number on the scale.

Obesity is Not Caused by Biology 
Obesity can be caused by factors like hormone imbalance, stress, eating habits, and certain medical disorders like PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) or diabetes. Losing weight requires willpower, but there are often underlying reasons why someone might have difficulty losing weight. Please see a medical professional to better understand your body.

Skipping Breakfast Aids Weight Loss
Skipping breakfast is a popular solution to decrease caloric intake during the day; however, a study in 2007 found that skipping breakfast has a strong association with obesity. Another study conducted in 2020 supported this conclusion. Breakfast can give you the energy you need to start the day.

All Sugar is Bad
Everything, when eaten in excess, is bad for your body. Sugar is in many foods we eat and is often hard to avoid. For example, many fruits have sugar in them, but they can still be healthy for you. So, the key here is moderation and watching the amount of sugar in food.

Lifting Weights Does Not Help Weight Loss
Lifting weights help strengthen muscles, not bulk them up. If you want to gain muscles, you should be doing resistance training with resistance bands or exercises like push-ups or burpees. Lifting weights is a form of physical activity, and physical activity helps improve your health, which can help with weight loss.

If You Exercise Enough, You Don’t Have to Eat Healthily
A healthy diet and exercise are both critical components of weight loss. If you exercise regularly but don’t change your diet, you are negating your exercise results. So make sure to balance a healthy diet and regular exercise on a daily basis.

You Need to Spend Hours Exercising 
What matters the most about exercising is how you exercise, not how long you do it. If you’re unsure where to start, talk to a personal trainer. You also don’t have to worry about going to a gym if you’re able to do your exercises at home. Also, exercising for long periods of time can be dangerous; it can damage muscles from over exertion and cause low blood sugar from lack of food in your system.

Obesity is a major concern in society. Fast food and no time for exercising make it difficult to keep a healthy lifestyle. Sadly, there is misinformation surrounding obesity and weight loss that also makes it harder for people to  live healthily. Hopefully, this article has shed some light on those myths and given you the push you need to start living healthy today!

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