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When it comes to nutrition for losing weight, there are so many weight loss and nutrition myths out there. This is mainly because of all the companies simply looking to make a dime without feeling guilty about lying to you. They really don’t care about you, therefore, it is up to you to inform yourself on what is right and what is not when it comes to your nutrition for weight loss and nutrition in general.
I hope to be able to give you guidance to use after reading this article as I will be going over some of the biggest lies out there when it comes to weight loss nutrition. These will include:
- Carbs Make You Fat
- The Keto Diet is Superior For Weight Loss
- A Caloric Deficit is Not Most Important For Weight Loss
Let’s kick it off with example number one and dismiss the notion that carbs make you fat.
Do Carbs Make You Fat?
People have all sorts of low carb diets and teas that they promise to “shed the pounds” while really, you need a caloric deficit. When calories and protein are equated, there is no difference in fat loss between carbs and fat intake ratios. You want to go higher carb lower fat, or vice versa, go for it. There really is no difference when you account for calories and protein.
People say that when you have lots of carbs, you spike your insulin and it causes you to store fat. While this is true, you store more fat when your insulin is high, as long as you are in a total daily energy deficit, you will lose weight/fat as things will balance out at the end of the day.
Carbs are seldom turned into fat anyway, about 1-2% of them actually, what they do is act as a cushion for fat to be stored. Also, carbs are easily overeaten, therefore, if you significantly overeat them, they can be stored as fat more, or provide an even bigger cushion for fat to be stored. It can be easy to overeat carbs with there being so many high fat, sugar and salt foods out there that are extremely hyper-palatable.
The Keto-Diet is Superior For Weight Loss:
I did a more in-depth article on the Keto diet before on this website, you can check that out here for more information. With that being said, let’s take a look at why the Keto Diet is no better for weight loss than a traditional diet. The number one reason people claim this is because they say carbs make you fat, and the Keto Diet is a low carb diet. Simply review the previous point within this article to see why that is not true.
Secondly, people say you lose so much weight, and typically quickly with the Keto Diet. Well, the rapid weight loss you see at the beginning is from depleting your glycogen stores, and therefore, the water that is stored with them. It is basically all water weight. The only way to continue losing weight after this is by being in a caloric deficit, the Keto Diet is not an inherently weight shedding diet.
Lastly, you will often see people claiming the Keto Diet is great for performance while trying to lose weight. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The main fuel source your body prefers to use is carbohydrates. When you basically take those away, it means your body is not running as efficiently as possible. Plain and simple.
A Caloric Deficit is Not The Priority For Weight Loss:
People will often say that hormones need to be in balance while trying to lose weight, or you need to drink these green tea detoxes, or even that fat burners are the main driver of fat loss. All of these are completely wrong. The thing is, none of these will work without you being in a caloric deficit. The even bigger thing is, none of them will make an impact even while in a caloric deficit.
While hormone balances do play a role in weight loss, the main thing you need to achieve is a caloric deficit. Without it, hormone levels will do nothing to lose you weight.
Green tea detoxes or vinegar juice are often sold as weight loss magic because they cleanse your body or boost your metabolism. They do neither, don’t waste your money.
Fat burners may be able to provide the slightest of benefits, but once again, they are worth nothing and will do nothing if you are not in a caloric deficit. You can learn more about what a caloric deficit is by clicking here.
After you have read this article, you should have some solid information on weight loss and nutrition myths. Hopefully, I was able to help save you some of your hard-earned dollars!
Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I am glad I was able to provide some solid information for you! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to leave them in the comment section below and I will be sure to reply!
Until Next Time,
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