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Weight Loss Myths That Can Put Your Life in Danger

Updated on March 3, 2016

If you read health magazines regularly, you are sure to come across a lot of tips regarding to weight loss. Some of these tips actually work, and others don't. The ones that generally don't work are those that suggest fad diets, weight loss supplements and pills.

The tips that actually work for everybody are always simple: that of diet and exercise. However, the weight loss industry is ridden with myth and misleading information, and people often tend to twist the truths, either because of their own advantage or out of plain ignorance. In this article I will discuss three such weight loss myths.

MYTH 1: Reduction of fat spot is possible:

Nothing can be further from the truth and am sure weight loss experts who will be reading this hub will agree with me unanimously. There is no way you can force your body to reduce spot fat under any circumstances or conditions not matter what type of exercise, dieting or work outs you perform.

If you normally do crunches and leg lifts in the hope of reducing belly fat, you might have noticed that you reduce muscle mass that resides beneath the abdomen instead of reducing belly fat. Considering the above, you should not be focusing on leg lifts and crunches alone; ideally you should be focusing on healthy diets that reduce your metabolic rate and hence you burn fat quickly

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MYTH 2: Quickly reducing your calorie intake will reduce body fat:

This statement has made many people to be on the brink of crash dieting. Many people take to crash dieting in the hope of reducing some fat and the ubiquitous extra pounds.

People who do crash dieting never know that this strategy of weigh loss normally does more harm than good. As a matter of fact, when you try to fast or starve, the body normally realizes that you are going to kill it and automatically switches to ‘starvation mode’. In the ‘starvation mode’ the body slows down the metabolic rate and start to burn your muscles (not fat, which is in reservation) which are used in energy production. As you have noticed in this myth, you don’t really loose fat but you waste a lot of energy since you body is burning down muscles and once you get back to dieting you start gaining weight.

MYTH 3: Cardio-vascular exercise help in reducing weight:

while it may be true that Cardio-vascular exercise will help you in reducing weight it is not true that this is the only weight loss plan you can have; never forget aerobics. In fact the amount of weigh you can lose doing Cardio-vascular exercise is the same as the weight you can lose in doing aerobics. To summarize weight lifting is much better that Cardio-vascular exercise and aerobics since with weight lifting you lose fat during the workout and also after that.


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    • Brinafr3sh profile image


      6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, aerobic exercise is one of the best exercises for cardiovascular health. Women need to do this exercise to decrease the chances of heart attacks. Thanks

    • speedbird profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks accofranco for you comments, I am glad that you found information contained in this hub to be useful

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      7 years ago from L Island

      waoo...this is really interesting, the facts are true. thanks for sharing the tips, i hope it helps many seeking to shed weight.


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