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​5 weight loss myths that you need to stop believing

By Priyanka Verma 
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The pandemic has made most of us gain some extra kilos. And as we are getting back to our normal lives, weight loss is on everyone’s mind. Also, maintaining a healthy weight is important for one’s overall well being. While there are uncountable diets and tips that promise to make you lose weight, not all of them work. Here is the list of 5 such common weight loss myths that you need to stop believing.

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Carbs can make you gain weight: Carbohydrates are required by the body for every little movement we do. When the right carbs are consumed in an adequate amount, it does not cause weight gain. While trying to lose weight, eating whole grains, complex carbs and protein is a must in all the meals.

Packaged food can help you lose weight: A meal that comes out of a packet can never be healthy as compared to home-cooked fresh meals. There are various packaged foods that claim to be low-fat, fat-free and gluten-free but are high in sugar and thus not good for your weight loss.

These healthy labels are frequently used to deceive rather than inform. So many foods might label themselves as healthy but might be the polar opposite. Thus, it’s best to have freshly cooked home meals instead of packaged meals.

Slimming teas can help you lose weight: Herbal teas are high in phytochemicals and antioxidants and thus help your body detox. But the teas directly cannot help you lose weight. They improve metabolic activity and the energy-burning pathways.

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​Eating less can help with weight loss: Creating a calorie deficit is one of the first steps towards losing weight. A calorie deficit means burning more calories than what you consume. Thus, eating less and moving more sounds logical for more weight loss.

While this might also work in the short term, it is not a good idea to be followed in the long run or made into a lifestyle habit. People who start eating less, due to physiological and biochemical factors, gain most of the lost weight as soon as they get back to their normal diet.

Starving can help with weight loss: Crash diets do not help in the long run. In fact, on the contrary, it leads to long-term weight gain. The biggest issue is that crash diets are extremely difficult to stick to and devoid you of various important nutrients.

This depletes your body of energy, leading to a desire for high-fat, high-sugar foods. This can make you eat more of those foods that have fewer calories than you require in order to lose weight.

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