People have different motivations for wanting to regulate their weight. Some have an ideal body goal in mind, while some wish to reduce their risk of developing life-threatening diseases. Since weight loss mostly comes from personal reasons, it is highly likely that there are individuals who fall prey to faulty weight loss programs.

Faulty weight loss programs include promoting dietary supplements with questionable “nutritional content” and overlooking a weight loss meal plan that is conducive to achieving a healthy weight.

The lack of familiarity on weight loss meal plans can be detrimental

Weight loss meal plans are created to address varying health needs and nutritional requirements for people aspiring to regulate their body mass. It serves as a healthy step-by-step program that helps people gradually lose weight in a safe and wholesome manner.

Since even health-related information can now be easily accessed through the internet, more and more myths about creating diet plans continue to surface. It is important to note that the wrong meal plan will only cause more harm than good.

Listed below are the four most common myths about weight loss meal plans:

  1. Diet pills and supplements can replace weight loss meal plans

Even though the body is conditioned to regulate its mass, it will still need all the vital nutrients that one can only get from eating whole and healthy foods. Diet pills and supplements can only influence a fraction of your body’s entire metabolism. At the same time, you need to acquire a prescription from your doctor before you can take one that is 100% safe for your health. There is nothing wrong with taking in dietary supplements, as long as it is balanced with a carefully thought-out weight loss meal.

  1. An effective weight loss meal plan should consist of small, frequent meals

The more you eat, the more frequently your body metabolises food. Speedy metabolism is not proper if you want to curb your cravings. At the same time, burning more calories at a quicker rate will use up more energy in your body. As such, it will only increase your appetite while making you feel listless.

  1. Exercise can make up for the lack of nutritional value and healthy foods in your meal plan

The amount of physical activity needed to burn calories increases, the more you pile up on unhealthy snacks. Some people feel that since they work out regularly, it is okay to slack off on their diet and sneak in additional sweets and carbs. Disrupting the dietary balance of your meal by taking in junk food and then leaving it to your workout routine to burn it, is ineffective and discouraged.

  1. Experiencing extreme hunger is a normal part of taking on a weight loss meal plan

There is a reason why a weight loss meal plan needs to be customised according to a person’s distinct health condition. Every individual lacks a certain amount of nutrients. The lack of these nutrients should be adjusted in the meal plan. Periods of hunger are out of the question when creating a meal plan. The aim is to ensure that the body has sufficient supply of nourishment for it to function and metabolise food well throughout the day. If a person must starve themselves while following a meal plan, then it will only defeat the purpose of designing weight loss-friendly food combinations.

Weight loss meal plans are highly effective—that is, if they are created with the person’s weight goal and overall well-being in mind. Conduct necessary research to verify dietary claims and consult your doctor for any concerns you may have with your current weight loss program.

Cite this article as:
Burhan Ahmed, MD, "Debunking 4 Myths About Weight Loss Meal Plans," in Medicalopedia, March 14, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/8473/debunking-4-myths-about-weight-loss-meal-plans/].