3 Most Common Weight Loss Myths debunked by science

3 Most Common Weight Loss Myths debunked by science

There is a plethora of information about weight loss online; sadly 70% of this information is based on myths, assumptions, misinterpretations and downright lies. Here are 3 most common weight loss myths debunked science.

Myth 1: Eating fatty food is the main cause of weight gain and obesity

Body fat simply refers to fat reserves stored in the body therefore it seems logical to think that eating more fat translates to the human body storing more fat. In fact this misconception is the cornerstone of most modern dietary guidelines. The myth that fat makes you fat has been largely debunked in recent years; numerous reliable studies have unequivocally ascertained that there is nothing uniquely fattening about dietary fat except that fat is mostly found in caloric-dense junk foods.

Extensive research has proved that as long as the caloric content is within range, dietary fat does not necessarily cause weight gain. Furthermore, studies have shown that diets rich in fat but low in carbohydrates actually promote weight-loss.Nutritionally speaking, it entirely depends on the context-it not just about the fat; fat only contributes to weight gain when it is eaten along with high-calorie and high-carbohydrate diet.

Myth 2: A regular exercise regimen is all you need to lose weight

Many people think that all that one needs to do in order to shed off those extra pounds is exercise daily. While exercise is definitely as effective way of losing weight, it should only form part of a weight loss plan; it should not be the entire plan.Reliable scientific studies have proven that cutting down calories (reducing caloric intake) is more effective than burning calories which is achieved through exercise. What does this mean? Simple! A person looses weight faster by decreasing caloric consumption as compared to exercising without altering caloric consumption.

Scientific research has ascertained that diet trumps exercise every time and that decreasing caloric consumption is more effective as compared to exercise alone. Then there is also the fact that exercising naturally causes hunger and fatigue. As a result you rest and eat more, which is counterproductive to your weight loss plan.

Myth 3: The secret to effective weight loss is diet pills

Although the weight loss industry would have everyone believe that you cannot lose weight without taking diet pills, this could not be further from the truth. Numerous reliable studies have proven that while most diet pills are effective in the short term, they have undesirable side effects in the long term and are generally ineffective over time. According to these studies, most of the ingredients in diet pills work by shocking the body into weight loss and this can be detrimental to your health overtime.


Healthy weight loss all comes down to sound nutrition, moderation and an active lifestyle. What’s more you need to be consistent; it is all about striking a healthy balance. Science proves that there is no magic formula, diet or pill.