6 common myth around weight management and obesity, busted!  |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
New Delhi: Amid the ongoing pandemic, weight management and obesity have become major causes of concern. Being overweight can cause more lasting damage to an individual’s health than we can imagine. Sedentary lifestyle, the reduced movement has led to the rise in weight gain and obesity among people.
This has led to increased awareness among people for a need to adopt a healthy way of living. However, despite our best intentions behind wanting to know everything about how to manage one’s weight, it is important to understand that all the details that the internet feeds us may not be necessarily accurate. Below are a few common myth busters around weight management.
6 common myths around weight management, busted
It is said that calories in and calories out is all you need to know. Weight loss can be achieved by balancing the calories intake and output or in other words through negative calories balance. Negative calories balance is achieved through ensuring the energy intake being less than energy expenditure. To lose weight permanently, you must make a commitment to gradually adopt a healthier way of life, that may affect your calories balance such as including nutrient-dense eating options, drinking more water, monitoring portion control, getting enough sleep, managing stress and regular exercise. Gradually with weight loss your body metabolism is altered with change in muscle mass, affecting the body requirement for calories, and thus needs further adjustment in calories intake & expenditure to achieve the desired weight loss.
A common misconception is that carbohydrates should not be consumed if aiming for weight loss. The fact is, if carbs are included as a part of the healthy diet, they are not bad at all as most of fruits and vegetables are rich in carbs. What is damaging for your health is the processed and added sugars in foods like white bread and sugary cereals, which should be avoided.
Some claim that losing weight steadily is better than quickly shedding a couple of kilos as they are more likely to be regained as fast as you shed them. The claim is still in nascent stage and evidences that are more scientific are required and more studies are still needed to prove the association of rate of weight loss on long-term weight gain.
Some people say that in order to lose weight, they need to double the amount of workout they generally do. The fact is exercise alone is unlikely to create an impact if not combined with a healthy diet. Healthy eating is the best approach, followed by a consistent workout routine to achieve one’s goal.
Another myth trending on the internet states that weight gain/obesity is influenced by genetics, hence cannot be prevented and, therefore, the weight loss is next to impossible. This is not true at all, as any weight gain is backed by excessive calorie intake and lack of physical activities. Moreover, even genetically inherited obesity can be prevented with a healthy diet, a good workout routine and regular consultations with your doctor/ dietician.
The last yet the most popular myth around weight control is people think that an act of sex can burn 300 Kcals. In reality, you end up losing 1/20th of 300 kcals when you indulge in the act.
Weight management is a complex issue and there is still so much about it that we may not be necessarily aware of. It is vital to learn to separate the facts from the myths about weight loss and gain in order to understand it and overcome it.
Disclaimer: This article has been authored by Vandana Luthra, founder & co-chairperson, VLCC Group. Views expressed are personal.