10 Biggest Weight Loss Myths A Personal Trainer Wants You To Stop Believing – Forbes

Having unrealistic goals and unhealthy misconceptions could be holding you back from achieving your … [+] weight loss goals.


More than two-thirds of U.S adults are either obese or overweight. While approximately 12.7 million American kids (aged 2 to 19) have obesity.

Unsurprisingly, weight loss is one of the most popular fitness goals among Americans with more than half of U.S adults (51%) reportedly wanting to lose weight by making healthier lifestyle changes.

In another survey, conducted by Cleveland Clinic, a staggering 84% reported they have tried at least one weight-loss method in the past. About one-third of the respondents admitted they typically stick with their weight loss plan between one week and one month.

Setting unrealistic goals, unhealthy misconceptions and lack of proper resources, supervision and support are some of the biggest barriers that can derail your weight loss journey.

“If you’re looking for a quick fix to lose a lot of weight, you’re not going to find it. In order to lose weight safely and sustainably, you need to start by changing your everyday habits and not all at once,” says Michael Garrico, a personal fitness trainer at Total Shape.

Instead of trying to change your whole life in a day, start by adopting small habits that work well with your lifestyle. “Maybe decide you will go to the gym three times a week. Or try limiting your consumption of processed foods,” suggests Garrico.

Also, ask yourself why you want to lose weight in the first place. “Having a clearly defined reason will help you stick to your journey when you’re feeling less motivated—which is a normal part of the process,” Garrico explains.

“It’s a trial and error process of seeing what type of diet and exercise routine works for you,” notes Garrico. “It might take a while, but the results will be worth it,” he assures.

In hopes of making your weight loss journey easier Garrico reveals the truth behind the most common myths about weight loss that could be holding you back from your goals:

Myth#1 Avoid Carbs If You Want To Lose Weight

Fact: Carbohydrates, proteins, and fats are the essential macronutrients that have to be a part of any healthy and sustainable diet. They each play a very important role in your body. Carbohydrates are a major source of energy …….

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