Let's clear out some losing weight myths...
December 15, 2008 6:59am CST
I heard about many suggestions of what to do in order to lose weight. Some I tried some not yet... But I just wanted to ask you guys what do you know about some of them, have you ever tried any? And did they work? First, green tea! I received maaaany advices on drinking green tea, I treid it for more than a month, though I haven't noticed that miraculos change they were all talking about. Then there's the yogurt. I heard that people who eat 1 serving of yogurt daily are healthier than those who don't. Also, they were saying it helps on losing weight, too. Third is water... They all say that drinking a lot of water (at least 8 glasses) daily helps weight loss. I don't know if this is true or not, I usually don't drink more than 3 - 4 glasses daily. But I don't understand the connection. How does water help weight loss? Fourth, there's the meals' timing. Does it actually help if you eat 5 - 6 small meals/day rather than 2 - 3 balanced ones? I could never eat like that. I usually eat twice (in the morning/afternoon and in the evening) And on the same subject, is it true that eating breakfast speeds up your metabolism? I use dto skip it many times because I didn't have time or other reasons. Fifth - cereals. Do they really help? And do they reffer to raw cereals or do products made out of cereals work, too? Like bread and other stuff. Another one is the bread... Is brown bread really better than other types? I recently heard that wholemeal bread is healthier. The 7th one is about exercising. Someone told me that if you exercise in the morning on an empty stomach you lose more weight. I never understood why, but probably because your body doesn't have any calories in, so it has to burn the existent fat. Is this true? And the sugar, is it better to replace the regular white sugar with brown one? I heard (and I believe this now) that brown sugar is just white sugar not being processed to make it white. So it has the same value only that it's... raw... Or is it better to replace any kind of sugar with substitues like splenda? The 9th and I guess this is the last one (I can't think of any others right now) does it all end up to burning more calories than you take in, afterall? I noticed lately people started developing such complex diets and started many myths on what you should do to lose weight more efficiently, for me it seems like they're overreacting. Doesn't it all resume to burning more calories than you take in on a regular day? Meaning that you can eat anything, as long as you exercise to burn more calories? So thanks for taking the time to read all these! I hope you'll help me clear out the fake advices from the facts.
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15 Dec 08
My opinion on all of these myths is that each has some validity. They can all contribute to weight loss, but none of them will be sufficient by itself. The one exception is to exercise before you eat. I believe doing that will make you so hungry that you will end up eating too much afterward. I would just eat something light before exercise. The bottom line is- take in fewer calories than you burn, and you will lose weight. Water helps keep you hydrated and helps you avoid over eating, so drink plenty of water, especially when exercising. Yogurt I believe helps because it is high in protein and keeps you feeling full longer. Smaller meals more often help because it prevents you from feeling too much hunger, which causes your body to think it is starving, which in turn slows down your metabolism in an effort to conserve energy. Having breakfast helps for the same reason- prevents hunger and therefore keeps metabolism up. Sugar- it's good to limit sugar, but personally I don't replace it with artificial sweeteners because they come with other problems. Plus, I don't like the taste. Raw sugar is better because it is not as processed, but has the same amount of calories. Whole grain bread is better than white bread because it provides fiber. White bread offers nothing more than simple carbohydrates which your body converts to sugar then stores as fat if not used. Cereals are good, if they are whole grain.
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16 Dec 08
Thanks for your answer! So, just curious, it is actually possible to lose weight by eating whatever you want as long as you burn more calories than you took in? That would be amazing... I still can't mkae myself eat more meals. It's just something I could never do. I just can't eat all the time. I feel full all the time, then. But wouldn't it still be healthy if I don't overeat on those few times and keep the meals balanced and still just 2 - max 3? Water I suppose I could try drining more, yogurt I was eating pretty often, I like it, and I already use wholegrain bread. Sugar I use white one, and I only use it for tea daily. Except for sweets which contain sugar, of course... So thanks for your answer, again! I hope I'll manage to lose all the weight I need to, this time.
• United States
16 Dec 08
Theoretically, yes, you could lose weight while eating whatever you want if you are exercising enough to burn more calories than you consume. But it would be very slow going and it's not the healthiest approach, since overdoing the exercise if you are not used to it could be a real strain on your body. The reason eating more, smaller meals throughout the day helps is because it keeps your blood sugar steady and eliminates the peaks and valleys, which slow down your metabolism. If you don't want to eat more meals, try just small snacks in between meals, such as a piece of fruit, a slice of toast with peanut butter, or a small cup of yogurt.
22 Dec 08
Hello!After reading the listing 9 myths.I've tried a couples of them.One is the wholemeal bread,it do play a role.But what I did was replacing any kind of rice with the wholemeal bread,or when I WAS very hungry,I just replaced drinking the yogurt.At last,I LOST 30 pounds successfully.