Weight loss can be difficult, no thanks to popular misconceptions about it.
Here are four common misconceptions about weight loss across four major aspects – exercise, diet, medical surgery as well as beauty treatment.
1. Sweat more = Burn calories?
Is it true that, the more you sweat the more calories you burn?
In fact, sweating is just a natural body’s way of keeping cool when body temperature rises. When our body reaches a certain temperature, our sweat glands produce sweat. This liquid is released through our pores and settles on the surface of the skin. As it comes into contact with the air, it evaporates. This evaporative cooling is how our body regulates temperature. So, if you find that you weigh slightly lighter after a long run or yoga class, remember that it’s just water weight that you’ve lost, but certainly not fat.
2. Low fat food = Best diet meal?
Do low-fat diets really work?
“Low fat” or “diet” labelled food are often referred as good choice for weight maintenance but they may actually have the opposite effect.
To improve their taste, many of these products are added with sugar. For example, one cup (245 grams) of low-fat, strawberry-flavoured yogurt can contain a whopping 47 grams of sugar (nearly 12 teaspoons). Eating too much added sugar — fructose can significantly increase levels of hunger-stimulating hormone – Ghrelin.
Rather than keeping you full, processed low-fat products are likely to make you hungrier, so you end up eating even more. Instead of low-fat foods, choose a combination of nutritious, minimally processed foods. Do remember natural food is always better than processed food.
3. Bariatric surgery = Ultimate weight-loss solution?
Is it true that medical surgery guarantees a permanent weight-control solution?
Bariatric surgery can generally be divided into few types as below:
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Sleeve gastrectomy
People may think bariatric surgery is a permanent solution for weight control. However, according to experts, good diet and exercise regimens are still important for shedding pounds, even after surgery. ‘Surgery is a tool, but it’s not a magic bullet,’ the expert said.
4. Massaging for weight loss: Does it work?
Can massage promote weight loss?
Lymphatic Drainage Massage (LDM) does not directly result in weight loss. It does, however, support a well-rounded weight loss program.
The purpose of lymphatic drainage massage is to accelerate the drainage of lymph via the liver. Liver is very vital to the body’s metabolic functions and immune system as it performs many crucial functions in the body, including cleansing toxins out of your system, regulating blood pressure and glucose.
In weight maintenance, liver is the major fat burning organ in the body as it releases bile that helps break down fats into fatty acids and aid in proper digestion. Therefore, good liver health is important to stay fit and healthy; whereas a poor liver function can cause weight gain, especially around the belly.
Other than liver’s health, massage is also proven to have significant effects on body shape’s issues such as cellulite, body’s water retention, etc.
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