Calorie deficit: common misconceptions.
Nowadays, most people are concerned about calorie intake due to the rapid rise in cardiovascular and associated health issues.
If you are focusing on weight loss, there are many factors to rely on. The first thing that everyone gets conscious about is how calories you are getting and releasing. Many people prepare a diet chart based on the calorie intake of food items. A calorie deficit is generally achieved via diet, exercise, or both. In this process, people lose control over his/her diet leading to many myths about calorie deficit. So, what are those myths? Let’s find out.
Myth: Focus on a calorie deficit, this is the only option to lose excess weight.
Fact: Calorie content is definitely linked to weight loss, but, people often do mistakes while following this. Generally, the principle of weight loss is r reducing the calorie content and increasing the physical activity level. Scientifically, a deficit of at least 500 calories is considered healthy and sustainable. However, basal metabolic rate or BMR is another important parameter to focus on. It indicates the calories required to perform basic activities like walking, sitting, breathing, and so on. Optimal BMR is essential to survive. So, talk to an expert to provide you with a suitable routine for weight loss.
Myth: Keep on Reducing calories, it is healthy.
Fact: No, calorie reduction is not healthy always. You need to understand your body and the requirements of your body. You need to understand how much deficit of calories is sustainable for your body. There are various aspects of a healthy diet, which include carbohydrates, proteins, fat, macro and micronutrients, vitamins, and so on. If you eliminate any of these, you will become ill.
Myth: You must reduce at least 1,200 calories daily to lose excess weight.
Fact: Never believe in this concept. This is utterly false and non-scientific. If you lose 1200 calories daily, you will soon become severely ill. Many social media platforms or apps promote this trend of losing 1200 calories daily. Believe it or not, weight loss is a long-term process, it cannot happen overnight. You just need to be consistent enough to perform the exercise and maintain a strict diet. The human body requires calories to perform basic activities. Let’s take an example of avoiding sugar. Carbohydrates are required for daily brain functioning, which needs external supply. Without this, your brain will not be able to function properly.
Before dedicating yourself to a strict weight loss journey, it’s important to understand the long-term effects. Based on health condition, diet plan varies. But, never compromise your calorie intake. When you will have no sufficient energy, how will you perform daily activities?