There are a lot of ways to lose weight however not all of them are effective or good for your overall health. Many people try natural weight loss methods such as starving themselves or by exercising excessively while others will only eat at certain times.
Many people swear by these methods but most them don't actually work. Aside from that, some of them may do you more harm than good. In fact, some actually encourage weight gain rather than weight loss so this article will look some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding weight loss.
There are some people who believe that if they deprive themselves of sleep, they can burn off more fat and calories but the truth is, sleep is a vital aid to losing weight. Studies and research have shown that when we are sleep deprived, we're more likely to eat more but in addition, the hormones leptin and ghrelin are produced as we sleep and sleep deprivation is likely to encourage greater secretions of ghrelin which makes us crave high calorie foods.
Another myth is that milk should be avoided because of its fat content however milk contains proteins and calcium that are vital for keeping bones healthy as well as for the optimum functioning of many organs. Using skimmed milk is ideal as it doesn't contain any of the fat content but does still contain the nutrients your body needs.
It's also a common misconception that being stressed - for instance by working more hours - encourages weight loss. The fact is, when we're stressed, we tend to eat more as well as eating the 'wrong' foods. Eating irregularly and erratically may in fact cause weight gain as well as indigestion.
Many people believe that not eating in the evening will help natural weight loss but this is not the case. What is true that one large meal a day - which is usually in the evening - rather than several small meals may cause or encourage weight gain. What we actually need are the right foods at regular intervals; the time of day is irrelevant.
Finally, there are those who only eat foods that are low in carbohydrates and low in calories but these types of diets are potentially harmful and could eventually lead to a variety of serious health problems.