Busted! 5 Weight Loss Myths that will Make You Cry

Posted on Jun 3 2014 - 12:01am by Susan Bewley

This guest post was written by Michael Volkin, inventor of Weight Loss Stack 52 (currently undergoing crowdfunding), the most unique and fun way to lose weight.


Are you tangled in the web of weight loss fads and endless contradicting information on the web? Hopefully you haven’t fallen victim to one of these fads, wasting money and time with the hopes to lose a few pounds, only to gain more back in return.I know, it’s frustrating and millions of people share your pain.  Below I explain several myths that you might be doing right now to try and lose weight. If you are, then stop wasting your time and money.


The fact is, what you eat is more important than how much you eat. If you don’t eat enough, your metabolism will slow down, making your body want to store fat.  As a result, your initial weight loss will come from water and muscle, instead of fat.

You should try to consume healthy food choices and save those foods (and beverages) that are high in fat, sugar and calories for special occasions. Yes, you can have those unhealthy food choices from time to time, in fact, it’s encouraged. Without a cheat meal or snack every now and then, you will get frustrated and lose sight of your goal.  Please note, I said a cheat meal, not a cheat day. I see too many people doing cheat days, which is way too much for your body to overcome on a weight loss plan.


This is a very old and popular myth. Your fat intake should be limited to around 15% of your overall daily calorie intake. Fat is needed in any diet to lubricate your joints, keeps your skin smooth and elastic, provide a source of energy, help your nervous system function properly and more. Olive, flaxseed and fish oils are good sources of fats. Fats to avoid include saturated fats and hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats).



You’ve certainly heard this before, “Carbohydrates are bad for you and should be avoided”. This myth has been trending lately as fad diets like Atkins and its copycats become more and more popular. The truth is carbohydrates have a moderate amount of calories (about half as many as fat). Simple carbohydrates (sugar) should be limited, but complex carbohydrates: whole grain and starches are high in nutrients. The problem with carbohydrates is portion control. Too many people eat at restaurants with huge portion sizes loaded with 5 times the amount of carbs needed for a given meal.  The best way to control your carb portions is to cook for yourself.


Meat is a great source of protein, but it certainly is not the only source. Meat can also be high in fat and sodium so many people look for alternative sources of protein. Egg whites are a prime source of protein and so are various vegetables and legumes like peas, spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.


Adults should engage in a workout regimen for at least 30 minutes a day at least 4 days a week. Research has shown that the activity does not need to be done all at once.  The 30 minute routine can be split into two 15 minute intervals and provide the same health benefits.


Vegetarians on average eat fewer calories and less fat than carnivores (non-vegetarians). However, vegetarians can make eating choices that contribute to weight gain by eating large amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods as well as food with little nutritional value. The term vegetarian is not synonymous with health.


The best way to be sure you are getting a well balanced, nutrient rich diet is to eat more whole foods and less processed, pre-packaged foods and to avoid eating out as much as possible. Make eating out an occasional treat, but try to prepare most of your meals yourself and you will be on your way to living a healthier, leaner lifestyle.

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

17 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Ashley June 3, 2014 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Important things to remember! It’s nice to see legitimate information being spread around for once.

  2. Terri S June 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Great post. Thank you for all the clarifications.

  3. melisa June 3, 2014 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Wow! These really are contradictions to much of what I’ve been taught over the years. Thank you for sharing.

  4. cheryla lister June 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Nice to know that the thirty minutes of exercise do not have to be all at once. I’m much more likely to want to do it if it’s in sections.

  5. ANN*H June 5, 2014 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    This is very interesting . Lots of these are totally different then what we learned all along.
    Thanks so much for this myth busters – I will remember them.

  6. Crystal Rogers Walker June 8, 2014 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Oh how confusing is it to lose weight ans to keep it off, this is very interesting and tells me where I have been making mistakes but now I have the tools to do what I can do to lose weight, thank you so very much

  7. Cathy Jarolin June 9, 2014 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I didn’t know that carbohydrates could be eaten in moderation! I am trying to lose weight now. Its very hard to do at my age..But I would like to live as long as I can! I am trying to cut back on my portions.. Not to eat after 5 pm. Moderate exercize.. I have lost a few pounds a lot more to go. I am trying to stay very positive! Your state of mind plays a big part in any weight loss program.. Have a Great Day~~ :0)~~~

  8. Michael June 9, 2014 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I enjoyed your point on carbohydrates. People are too quick to down carbs saying that you need to cut them out altogether. As your point stipulates it is all about portion control. Control the size of your portions and carbs can be a good thing.

  9. Dorothy Boucher June 13, 2014 at 11:02 am - Reply

    love it and love that you busted it lol i do eat right and my work out is in 15 minutes 4 times a day, i am pushing hard on myself but its something I feel I have to do.. thanks for share

  10. Karen Sargent June 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

    It’s easy to get lost in so many diet fads, but this is good, solid, and practical advice! I think in summary the general idea would be “everything in moderation”.

  11. Chris September 9, 2014 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    G’day Susan,

    Great piece, good to see you pumping out quality content. Keep it up!

  12. Eva Mitton-Urban October 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Weight loss regiment since July – 52 lbs so far – but learned the hard way of eating little. Lost a lot of muscle – haven’t been able to pack around some cushion….good tips here about eating more protein and white meat.

    Eva Mitton-Urban

  13. Amber A. December 30, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I always used to think eating less would be one of the easiest ways to lose weight. Then, as you mentioned, I found out doing this results in your body wanting to store fat, which means the initial weight loss comes from muscle and water. It was disappointing to know that if anything I had been hurting my body and my weight loss plans. Thanks for busting the myths!:)

  14. ac January 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    This is very good information. I get so confused by different diets that are out there.

  15. Hailey Huston October 3, 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

    I used to stretch before working out, but it didn’t feel good at all. However, it feels so relaxing after working out so I’m sticking with that!

  16. Rosie August 28, 2016 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I love reading these myths, there is so much misinformation out there, and then people tend to just believe whatever they want, no matter. I was dating someone who freaked if I used a tiny bit of oil, it make cooking a drag. But he loved food at the restaurants, which has so much oil and butter, too.

  17. shannon fowler January 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    I work in behavioral health and with many patients trying to lose weight. Ive heard all of these over and over. Its sad how many misconceptions about weight are out there.

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