Whenever the discussion about losing weight pops up at any desi gathering, it’s a surprise to see how all the aunties automatically transform into ‘certified health professionals with ten years of experience’. You would witness all sorts of assumptions being tossed around like firsthand advice as if losing weight was that easy (How come you still look like a walking blob of fat, Aunty-Jee?).
No exaggerations needed, these people would make you believe it all and even start working on it for that dream body, but the question is: how much of the stuff that we hear about weight loss so regularly is actually true? Keep on reading to find out and then decide how many of those naseehatein actually have some meaning.
Myth #1: Lose Weight Slowly, Not Quickly
The demerits of crash dieting have been emphasized on over and over again, but not because it makes you lose weight drastically. The reason why crash diets are a ‘no no’ is because they deprive your body of all those vital nutrients that it needs in order to function when you cut down on all your food just like that it just isn’t healthy. Turns out to be, the speed at which weight is lost isn’t the main concern but what matters is the rate at which the body retains fat.
Myth #2: Don’t Check Your Weight Daily
Why does this even make sense to all those aunty-jees? What even is the trick behind this? The answer is, there isn’t any. In no way does keeping a check on your weight interfere with your weight-loss game, period. Instead, for most of us, this is actually a huge form of motivation to keep you going steady on your workout and keep you dedicated.
Myth #3: Diet Pills Help You Lose Weight Instantly
Kudos to all those lame herbal weight-loss supplements commercials that we keep seeing every now and then between our favorite drama serials because they do hypnotize even the most parhi likhi awaam into considering at least once to buy them. Many of these pills don’t work at all, what they do is that they act as placebo pills that do make you more conscious of what you consume because you just know something is going to change. The ones that do work give pretty moderate results, over a period of many months. Nothing is instant.
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Myth #4: All Fast Food Is Junk Food
So maybe Aunty Jee just hasn’t been to Subway yet, right? They offer the healthiest sandwiches and the options do not just end here. The truth is, with the growing awareness about weight-loss and healthy food in general, even the fast food chains have become extra careful with what they serve and there are healthy options easy available on the menu.
Myth #5: Fat People Are Unhealthy And So Are Thin People
How many times is Aunty Fareeda’s daughter going to be labelled as unhealthy just because she’s super chubby? Even though she might be the most active person around the house? Yes, obesity may lead to other diseases such as diabetes and heart problems, but not every individual who is fat is at risk. Similarly, some people who are super thin have the strongest metabolism. Will we ever stop being judgmental?