6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, everyone becomes an expert nowadays. This has caused several myths starting to float around that are totally unrelated to weight loss. Here are a few common myths about weight loss and the truths behind them.

Myth: Skipping meals helps in weight loss.

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss


Truth: Once you start skipping meals, your body restricts the supply of calories to maintain a consistent supply till your next meal. This results in your metabolism being slowed down and you start feeling tired. To compensate this, you start consuming larger portions in your next meal resulting in calorie accumulation.


Myth: Working out is not mandatory to lose weight. Dieting would be sufficient.

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss


Truth: Working out and dieting go hand in hand. While dieting helps you maintain your weight, working out helps you keep your metabolism active and burn the extra fat from your body.


Myth: Your workout regime must be a minimum of 45 minutes to attain results.

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Truth: If you follow a regular pattern, even a 30-minute workout regime would be fine. You only have to make sure to follow your schedule and keep pushing your limits.


Myth: A High-protein diet is an excellent way to lose weight.

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Truth: Your body requires a diet which is a balance of proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, etc. Having a diet rich in proteins alone can be the cause of several health problems.


Myth: Drinking a lot of water helps you a great deal in losing weight.

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Truth: Contrary to popular belief, drinking a lot of water does not have any direct effect on your weight. Drinking a lot of water before a meal indirectly helps you by filling up your stomach and making you eat less.


Myth: Weight Gain is a genetic disorder. It can be inherited.

6 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

Truth: There is no specific gene that can be passed over from generation to generation and cause weight gain. The simple explanation: as kids follow the same lifestyle as their parents, they might end up in the same BMI as their parents.


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