Weight Loss Truths Unsugar Coated
The weight loss truths can be a hard thing to hear. With so many people overweight these days, nearly everyone is on a mission to drop the pounds. One of the weight loss truths is that only a small fraction will lose weight and less than half of those will keep it off.
The weight loss product industry makes billions of dollars yearly at the whim of desperate consumers looking for that quick fix, that magic pill, or the revolutionary machine that will make them lose weight. Among the weight loss truths you may not want to hear is that, weight loss does not come in a bottle. It never has and it never will. True and permanent weight loss takes proper nutrition, exercise and rest. There are no short cuts, quick fixes, overnight miracles, or FDA approved drugs that will force the fat off your body, much less keep it off.
While you read this revealing article keep a few key points in mind. These are the weight loss truths that you may not want to hear, but need to.
Weight Loss Truths #1 – You will not lose 10-15 pounds in a week
If you want to lose fat and keep it off, then it’s going to take some time. I won’t guarantee a 10-15 pound weight loss in a week because that’s mostly water, but I will say you can realistically lose 1-2 pounds of body fat a week, and gain lean muscle at the same rate. You didn’t put the weight on overnight and therefore it’s not going to magically disappear overnight.
True weight loss is fat loss…not muscle loss, not water loss, not bone loss, but fat loss. Losing 10-15 pounds or more a week is a loss of bone, muscle, and water, which results in a destroyed metabolism if that quick weight loss trend continues.
Weight Loss Truths #2 – There is no quick fix to fat loss and fad diets are worthless
Lose 40 pounds in a week! Lose weight while you sleep! Rapid weight loss! Lose weight without diet or exercise! These are consumer hot buttons, causing you to buy products with your emotions. They are misleading and just plain lies, lies, and lies. Fad diets and quick fix products will drain your wallet and leave you feeling worse than when you started. The only weight you will lose on a fad diet or a quick fix is water, muscle and bone. These are not desired results, as they lead to metabolic downgrade and increased fat storage.
Lotions, potions, and gadgets for fat loss should be tossed out the window. They are worthless. Taking fat off requires nutrients and exercise. It’s that simple, yet rarely told to you because the weight loss product industry’s job it to make an insane amount of money.
Weight Loss Truths #3 – You have to stop eating processed food labeled “healthy,” or “low-fat,” or “low-carb,” etc.
Food labels are misleading and can cause you to gain more fat in the long run. Prepackaged meals and “diet foods” contain chemicals that your body can’t metabolize and therefore, it slows down your metabolism. Chemicals that don’t leave your body become toxins and get lodged in your fat cells, making fat loss even more difficult. Dr. Mercola states, “As you burn off body fat, you must also detoxify, because most chemicals are lipophilic (fat-loving) and are lodged in fat cells. If you don’t do something to remove these toxins from your body while losing weight, toxins can be reabsorbed into your bloodstream and potentially cause health problems.” Stop eating man-made food-like items and start eating more real food, even organic.
Weight Loss Truths #4 – You will have put forth the effort if you want to lose fat
The body is made to be nourished and to be physical. If you want to lose fat you have to eat right and get moving. It may not be glamorous or fun, but it’s a must if you want to shed the fat.
There are a number of things you can do for exercise such as walking, in-line skating, weight training, biking, hiking, swimming, etc. Whatever your choice is, just do it.
Weight Loss Truths #5 – You will not be a super model or swimsuit model
Well, I’m not saying this can’t or won’t happen, but my point is that many weight loss ads suggest that after you take their product you will look like the super fitness model marketing the product.
Remember, models are models. They are spokespersons for the company. They are just doing their job. Just because a super model is holding a bottle of the latest cortisol blocker does not mean you will look like her by taking that product.
Weight Loss Truths #6 – Muscle does not weigh more than fat
There is a misconception linked with weight training that muscle weighs more than fat. I’ve heard Dr. Phil say this (yes, the wonderful “dieting expert”), as well as Bob Greene, Oprah’s personal trainer. These people are looked upon as icons, yet they are giving out false information.
Muscle does not weigh more than fat. Go do the experiment yourself right now. Grab two pounds of chicken fat and weigh them, and then weigh two pounds of chicken meat (muscle). Which weighs more? Neither. Two pounds of fat weighs the same as two pounds of muscle, two pounds.
Muscle is more dense than fat and it takes up less space. Therefore, it would be ideal to add muscle to your frame because it’s more dense, creates curves, and it increases your metabolism.
Weight Loss Truths #7 – Weight loss is a lifestyle
Losing weight properly, which is reducing body fat and building lean muscle tissue, should not be a one-shot approach; it should be a lifetime commitment. If you ever go back to your old destructive habits you will become out of shape again and will have to work twice as hard to get back in shape.
Adopt a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle and maintain it for the rest of your life. Doing so will keep you fit, energetic, slow down the aging process, keep you looking young, and it will prevent early degenerative diseases. Being healthy and in shape is not genetic, it’s by choice. Make the right choice today.