Misconception #2: Obese and overweight people are lazy and don’t like working out
If you’ve gone to the gym recently, chances are you’d rarely see obese individuals working out. In fact, it’s a common misconception that people become obese because of lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise. While it’s part of the reasons, obesity is actually an interplay of a lot of factors. Genetics play a part in this just as much as behavior and hormonal imbalance does.
Misconception #3: Drastic measures to cut food should help with obesity
It’s true that weight loss plays a big part in improving the quality of life for people with obesity. However, weight loss should be gradual and in a controlled manner. In fact, if anything, going into an ill-advised diet might have the opposite effect on someone trying to lose weight–conditions could arise such as hormonal imbalance, nutrient deficiencies, and even rebound weight gain. So, no, it’s not a simple cure-all for obesity to simply stop eating or drastically cut down on food. As with anything, moderation best exercised here.
Misconception #4: Obesity is only for adults
No, obesity can develop in children just as much as adults. Remember genetics? If children can be born with illnesses that they gained from their parents, they can also inherit conditions that predispose them to obesity. In fact, in the Philippines, trends have shown an uptick in children who are overweight–5.8 percent of children between 5-10 years old in 2003 were overweight compared to 9.1 percent of the same age group in 2013. Additionally, kids that develop obesity in their youth are likely to bring it along in their adolescence, along with health issues that come with it.
Misconception #5: Weight loss for obese people is just counting calories burned versus eaten
For people who want to maintain a certain weight, or for those who want to shed that extra pound in time for summer, they might obsess over counting calories and making sure that they burn more calories than they take in. Once again, it’s partially true, but it’s an overly simplified version of what you actually need. When maintaining a weight loss diet, you have to consider not just how much calories you burn, but also the quality of calories that you take in. Good quality of workouts would help, as well as avoiding empty calories and sugary food and drinks. Substitute your meals with low-carb, low glycemic index, high-protein and high-fiber food instead. And stick to water for now.