The 5 Most Common Weight Loss Myths Destroyed

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What’s going on guys, it’s Mark again and in this video we’re going to go through the five main weight loss myths and destroy them together.

Did you know there’s a study done and out of 70% of people that lost weight, within the first year, gained it back. In the second year, 85% gained it back. And in the third year, 95% of people gained it back.

So the issue isn’t just about losing weight, but it’s to keep the weight off. The problem with our industry, and the fitness industry in general, is that there’s so much marketing crap out there, that’ll tell you to stay away from carbs, and don’t eat after 10:00 PM, all this crap that is made to capture your attention and take you away from the actual truth.

In this video, we’re going to destroy the five main weight loss myths, and finally get you to the truth. I want to teach you the thinking behind the diets that you’ve been on in the past.

Let me ask you something, when was the last time you were actually on a diet? And how long did you stay on that diet for? Not very long, right? One day, two days, a week. Two weeks. Whatever it is, could you imagine staying on that diet for the rest of your life? The answer’s no. I wouldn’t. Why should you? So, in this video we’re going to go through the five main weight loss myths, and destroy them together.

Myth 1

Myth one, meal timing. “Don’t eat past 10:00 PM, it’ll make you fat. Trust me.” It doesn’t matter when you eat, it doesn’t matter when you consume food. Food turns into energy, and it doesn’t matter when you consume that. Whether you’re going to sleep, whether you’re going to go play a game with your kids. It doesn’t matter.

What matters is, it makes sense that you have the most energy, that you consume the most energy, right before you are about to do the most activity. But if you’re having a big meal at night, it doesn’t matter. There’s no scientific proof, there’s no evidence, that suggests that you’ll gain weight or lose weight whether you eat at night, in the morning, during the day, it doesn’t matter. Do whatever works for you, around your life style.

I’ve always said, “Don’t change your lifestyle to suit your nutrition, change your nutrition to suit your lifestyle.” So the most important thing is to stay consistent for a long period of time. And by eating at the times that suit you best, will help that. Will make that easier for you.

Myth 2

Myth two, “Carbs are bad for you. Carbs are so bad for you. Whatever you do, stay away from rice. Don’t eat lollies, because that goes directly to your stomach.” Wrong. Carbs aren’t doo-doo, evil or nasty.

Carbs are okay. What if I told you, you can eat carbs and you can still lose weight? It’s true, because the purpose of carbs is purely energy. You have to understand that carbs are part of what’s called micronutrients. Micronutrients make up calories, okay? The purpose of protein is to recover muscle. Examples of protein are meats, fish, beef, chicken, you can get it from supplements, but the purpose is to recover muscle. That’s protein’s purpose.

Then there’s fats. There’s nothing wrong with fats, good fats help you burn fat. Fats are good for your hormones, hormone production. So good fats are necessary. Examples of fats? Almonds, any kind of nuts, you’ve got your avocado, you need good fats.

And finally, carbs. The purpose of protein was to recover muscle. The purpose of fats was for hormone production and actually, burning fat. The purpose of carbs has just one intention. One purpose. That is, energy. So like anything, if you have too much carbs, you’re going to put on weight. If you have too much protein, you’re going to put on weight.

The issue is, when you restrict yourself from having carbs, what’s going to happen is that you might actually want more carbs. That’s going to make you feel like you want it even more. So, it’s okay, go and have your carbs. But just don’t have too much. If you’re going to have a slice of pizza, have it. Enjoy it. But if you’re going to have two boxes of it on your own, well no, that’s too much, then. Everything in moderation. That’s what you want to take from that.

Myth 3

Myth three, “You have to kill yourself at the gym in order to lose weight.” Do you have to kill yourself at the gym? No. You don’t. I speak to a lot of people and whenever people come and sign up for our six week challenge they tell, I ask them, “How many days are you going to be training?” And they always say, “Four, five, I’m going to do every day, I’m going to do every day at the gym. I’m going to be training six days a week.”

The first thing that I tell them is, “No.” Especially if you haven’t trained in a very long time. You don’t have to kill yourself at the gym. What you need to do is just to become more active.

Say, for example, you’ve gained weight over the last three months. That means that you have been consuming more food than what you’re burning. So, say for example your activity levels are here, right? That means that you’re consuming more food, more calories, than what you’ve been burning. This is called a calorie surplus, okay? So just by increasing your activity levels, you’re going to bring it up to maintenance, a maintenance level. Your activity is in line or on par, on average, with the amount of food that you take in.

So this is where you want to be, all you have to do is increase your activity level. So to break this myth down, as long as you’re training, your activity levels are in line with your nutrition, then it doesn’t matter how many days you want to train. What matters is that, how much food do you want to consume? Are you a big eater? Do you like food? You’ve got to ask yourself, you need to sacrifice.

If you really like food, then, you might need to train a couple of more days a week. You can get away with training two, three, four days a week, and still achieving your goal. You just need to know how to have your nutrition aligned with your activity level.

Myth 4

Myth four, “Bad foods will make you gain weight.” This whole weight loss thing is out of control. Let me ask you something. If you were to go down the road and have some Macca’s, do you think you’d gain weight? No. No. You can have … look, one particular food, one particular meal, is out of context. Because what happens if you go down the road and have that meal of Macca’s, and then you don’t eat anything for the rest of the day? You’re not going to gain weight.

Now, is it healthy? No. The answer’s no. The answer to this myth is to educate yourself, to find out what’s actually in the foods that you’re eating. What does it turn, your body, your mind doesn’t know the difference between Macca’s and chicken and veggies. What it does know is protein, carbs and fats. Now, if you’re looking at a meal at Macca’s, it’s going to have more processed fats. You look at a meal of chicken, veggies and rice, it’s the same thing. It’s protein, carbs and fats. But it’s just processed differently. Does it taste better? To some people.

But what I’m saying is, if you have too much of Macca’s, the caloric value of Macca’s is a lot higher than a healthy meal. So there are no bad foods. There are foods, and you need to educate yourself on what’s in those foods. Just like anything, if you have too much, you’re going to gain weight. Do you like chocolate? I love chocolate. Can you lose weight and still eat chocolate? Yeah, sure. What if you have a whole block, by yourself? What if you have a whole freaking pack of Tim Tams?

Have you seen how many calories are in Tim Tams? I challenge you, the next time that you go to Coles or Woolies, have a look at the Tim Tams nutritional value, and have a look at how many calories are in each Tim Tam. You’d be surprised. Do you know how many calories are in a doughnut? A Krispy Kreme doughnut? Not that many, surprisingly. Okay? So there are no bad foods. You just need to educate yourself and understand the most important thing is balance. The most important thing, in terms of weight loss, is to burn more than what you consume.

Myth 5

And weight loss myth five is, “Lifting weights will make you look masculine. Lifting weights will make you look like a man.” Now, if you’re a female, that’s not true. If you’re a male, that’s true.

The reason I mention this point, and this myth, is because by eating more protein, automatically will allow to lose more weight. It’s just, proven. More protein in your diet will help you burn fat. Okay? That seems to directly be related to the issue that a lot of females say that they don’t want to look like body builders when they train, and when they lift heavy. That’s not true.

I’m here to tell you, that it takes so much work, so much time, so much effort to actually get to that level. Not only that, you have to have a lot of protein. Most people don’t have enough protein in their diets, and when it comes to actually developing that kind of muscle, you need to be having three or four times the amount of an average person for two, three, four, five years, training four, five, six days a week, to be able to look like a man, as a female. Because they just, they don’t produce as much testosterone as men.

But in saying that, by actually training, will help you increase your activity levels. Eating more protein will automatically help you burn more fat.

Okay guys, so there were the five weight loss myths, destroyed. Keep an eye out over the next few days for an email from me, and I’m going to be sharing with you the most important thing when it comes to your weight loss. I’m not even kidding. This is the most important way, the most important thing, when it comes to losing weight. When it comes to that scale, when it comes to the number on that scale. What I’m about to share with you, over the next few days, is the most important thing that will determine how fast and how soon you’re going to achieve your weight loss goal.

So if you have any questions, leave them in the comment below, and I’ll talk to you soon.