The decision to enter a weight loss journey is one that requires passion, confidence, and commitment to achieve your desired weight. With this, you must also know the appropriate measures to do so without unnecessary myths and misinformation.
Here are some weight loss facts you need to know that may surprise you, but are rooted in science rather than myth.
There are Different Weight Loss Plans for Everyone
Different people, different situations, different ways. Everyone who has ever or is currently undergoing a weight loss journey has different situations and has varied reasons why they want to work on losing weight. They have different bodies, health conditions, and preferences when dealing with weight management. Even you.
With this, one weight loss plan only fits some. In other words, not everybody can get the same results from one strategy. While one weight loss plan can prove effective for one person, it may not necessarily have the same results for another.
For example, a diet regimen may not work for some people because they have allergies or other health concerns. A specific exercise may not work for some people because they might have health conditions restricting them from doing something strenuous. A diet and workout combo regimen may not be for others as it does not fit their end goals. Some may want to lose weight, and some prefer building muscle while losing fat.
That said, you need to learn the options that suit you. It is best to ask advice from a medical professional or a personal trainer to know the best steps to achieve successful weight loss.
There is More to Weight Management than Not Eating and Working Out
Some people may have mindlessly told you to, “eat less!” or “do some exercise!” like it will help you magically lose weight overnight. Not it is harmful, but it is also short-sighted and out of touch. There is much more to looking after your weight, and that doesn’t mean starving yourself and going to the gym for hours and hours on end.
Managing your weight does have to do with managing your food portions, plus exercising and working out. But there are more specifics, like only eating at certain hours or only eating certain groups of food or adequate portions, and specific workout sets to strengthen or slim down a part of the body. This depends on different factors, such as your desired weight, metabolism, etc.
The point is that managing your weight is challenging and will most likely be done long-term. You will have to be consistent, motivated, and patient.
Weight Loss is Not Linear
Some people make it sound like the weight loss process will be accessible to everyone. You will hear things like, “if you do this, you’ll lose weight,” and while there is some truth to that, the process may not be as easy or smooth sailing as you think. Remember, people are built differently, and their process of losing weight may wildly differ.
Generally speaking, weight loss has two stages: rapid and slow. Rapid is the period when there is immediate weight loss, and slow is the period when it’s the opposite. You might even gain some weight during the latter stage. Several factors could be behind this: too much water, fewer bathroom trips, or even medication.
However, this is normal. The inner mechanisms of our bodies are only sometimes consistent, so fluctuations happen. As long as you regularly do your recommended diet and workout, there is no need to worry about these fluctuations. You will get to your desired weight at the right time with great patience.
You are NOT your BMI
Growing up or learning it at school, you might have heard of the Body Mass Index or BMI for short. This measures one’s body mass concerning sex, age, height, and weight. You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight by your height in meters squared.
People generally use the BMI to help determine if one is malnourished or overweight. Normal BMI ratings vary depending on one’s age. For example, the standard healthy BMI for adults (20 years and up) is 18.5-24.9. Any rating below the minimum number is considered underweight, and anything above the maximum is considered overweight.
While it is a simple way of measuring your body mass, the BMI still has flaws. One of the things that it could overlook is the composition of your weight. It could be water weight, fat, or muscle.
Muscles weigh more than fat, which contributes to your weight. Many people who have built a good amount of muscles, like athletes, might be considered overweight by BMI standards even if they do not look the part. This can cause people to feel bad about their weight, creating harmful thoughts.
If you want to determine whether you are of average body mass, do not rely on the BMI. Look for methods that are more reliable and backed by science.
When you want to lose weight, it is best to rely on methods and information that are methodically and scientifically verified. Seek help from a physician and a professional personal trainer if you want to know safe and effective options. Moreover, always remember to be patient and committed and appreciate every effort you make for your body.