If being thin meant you were healthy, then the best thing to do would be to starve yourself – and that really isn’t good for you. Here’s 5 weight loss myths as presented by Time and CNN – let’s see what they say!
Kids have to lose weight to shed obesity
Kids get bigger, and put on weight as they get taller – that much is accepted. But are kids the tip of the obesity iceberg? Do children often put on too much weight as they grow?
In a study, published in the Lancet, researchers developed a mathematical model to differentiate between healthy weight gain and the extra pounds that contribute to obesity. The model shows some children kids can outgrow their obesity around puberty even if they don’t lose weight.
The problem here is that the study is based on BMI – if a kid puts on 20lbs of solid muscle through playing sport, the BMI score could still show them as being obese because they are 20lbs overweight.
Keep your kids fit by letting them run around with a ball, or the family dog, and don’t feed them too much processed food. They’ll turn out fine.
Eating protein is best to feel full and keep calories in check
“Lean protein is indeed a good way to get filled up, but fiber is even better, because it comes with fewer calories.”
We do remain entirely unconvinced that counting calories is the only metric that matters at Fat Loss Friend – but the advice given after this – load your plate with fruit, vegetables beans and grains – was quite good. Until it got to grains.
You can’t be fat and still be fit
“A person’s level of physical fitness, as well as his weight, matters for overall health.”
This is true, but you can still be “fat” and fit. If the definition of “fat” is in relation to BMI, most professional athletes are obese. A quoted study from 2012 showed that overweight and obese people were at no greater risk of developing or dying from heart disease or cancer compared to normal weight people, but only if they were as metabolically fit as their slimmer counterparts – which shows you can have healthy organs and still carry excess weight.
However, carrying belly fat can be a problem – the closer the fat is to your internal organs, the more problems it is likely to cause.
You can eat what you want and just exercise to lose weight
Calories calories calories again – so we can safely ignore this question. But if you really want to discuss it, the problem most people have is that they eat what they want and then do 20 minutes of exercise – which is not enough to burn off even a single burger. People greatly overestimate the effect exercise has on their body.
Long bouts of low-intensity exercise are best
Working up a sweat, making yourself breathe hard – that’s what helps burn off the fat. If all you can manage is some low intensity exercise, go for it – anything is better than nothing. But if you don’t push yourself, you won’t get anywhere.