10 Weight loss myths I foolishly fell for

When you’re trying to lose weight you’ll often find yourself drawn to the internet searching for ways to lose weight. Over the years I’ve searched everything from exercises to diet tips and celebrity fads to research journals.

Most of it is pure bullsh*t and in my experience as someone with MC4r the only way to truly lose weight is diet and exercise – sorry folks.

However, I thought it may be fun to walk down memory lane and bust a few common weight loss myths that I tried at some point.

1. A radical exercise regime is the only way to lose weight

Not true. Successful weight loss involves making small changes that you can stick to for a long time.

I’ve touched on the fact that when I started exercising I would workout for two hours a day and pushed myself until I threw up, it was a bad time for me – but I truly believed that a strict exercise program was what I needed to lose weight.

It was not.

2. Carbs make you put on weight

Eaten in the right quantities and as part of a balanced diet, carbohydrates will not, on their own lead to weight gain.

I cut out carbs for a while in my late teens, tried rye bread which was disgusting and even went onto gluten free and wheat free pasta which was also horrendous – it’s so stodgy.

3. Starving myself is the best way to lose weight

Crash diets are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss. In fact, they can sometimes lead to longer-term weight gain.

I went through a phase during secondary school were I starved myself, believing it would somehow fix my weight problem. My GP picked up on it, and informed me that starving myself could lead to weight gain – turns out he knew what button to push – and I started eating again.

4. Drinking water helps you lose weight

Water does not cause you to lose weight, but it does keep you hydrated and might help you snack less.

I remember when I first read that water can help you lose weight and I bought a one litre water bottle and fruit infuser and drank two litres a day for a whole summer thinking it would help me shed the pounds.

Regardless water is good for you, and even today I still try and drink one to one and half litres a day.

5. Supplements can help you lose weight

Various companies claim that their supplements have dramatic weight loss effects, but they’re rarely very effective when studied.

Yes – I have tried various weight loss supplements from tablets to detox teas. They do not work, do not buy them.

6. Eating breakfast is necessary to lose weight

It’s a myth that breakfast boosts the metabolism and that eating multiple small meals makes you burn more calories throughout the day.

I’ve always bought into the whole, breakfast is the most important meals of the day thing for this very reason and I never skip breakfast.

7. People with obesity are unhealthy and thin people are healthy

Plenty of people with obesity are metabolically healthy — and plenty of thin people have chronic diseases, associated with obesity including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

This is one I grew up with, mostly because of the way thin people behaved towards obese people. However, at secondary school when I compared my diet to those of my thinner friends I realised just because someone is thin doesn’t mean they’re healthy. At least one of them had McDonalds five days a week.

8. Smoothies are always a healthy option

Smoothies can contain healthy ingredients but they are a concentrated source of calories that are consumed quickly without giving your body time to register that it’s actually “eaten”.

Yes – I went through a smoothie phase, it didn’t last long because I got bored.

9. Zero-Calorie Fizzy Drinks Are Better For You

While they may pack less of a punch in the calorie and sugar departments, the substitutes are almost worse – artificial sweeteners have been linked to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

So I’ve actually know this for a long time, it was one of the first myths I busted. I suffer with chronic headaches and migraines, and artificial sweeteners can also affect that, and while finding that out, I also found out about the weight loss issue.

Personally I don’t drink a lot of fizzy drinks, so for me having the odd Pepsi or Coke is no big deal in my book. But if you drink them regularly, you may want to think of switching to an alternative, such as juice and soda water, instead of opting for a ‘diet drink’.

10. Eating at Night Is a No-Go

Similar to other food myths, late-night snacking has been connected to weight loss because you’re more likely to eat bad foods after hours out of convenience.

I use to believe eating at night would somehow make me fat, regardless of what I ate. So I use to cut myself off at 7pm and then it became 6pm and now because I’ve done it so long, I don’t eat after my final meal. What’s really annoying about this, is the fact that I no longer think eating late at night will affect my waist line, it’s just habit – it’s like my stomach tells my brain it’s closed and not to send anymore food down.

Have you bought into any weight loss myths?


4 thoughts on “10 Weight loss myths I foolishly fell for

  1. I’ve done a lot of these to try and lose weight. Now I’m just trying to eat well 90% of the time. I still eat what I want and I don’t feel like I’m restricted. Also, I’m slowly losing weight 🙂


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