In today’s world, there is so much information available about weight loss, weight gain, and what the ideal body weight is. Fad diets, quick-fix gimmicks, and shakes that offer you a slim waistline in no time! With everything available on the market, how are you to know what is real and what is just a hoax? Truth is, most of it is true, for someone. Many weight loss programs begin as what worked for a person and attempting to simplify and generalize it so that anyone can do it. But, in reality, everybody and every body are different. The unfortunate truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all program.

Medical weight loss programs, like the Fast Track Weight Loss program offered at Empire Medical Center, is individual-based and takes into account everything that affects a person and their weight. Factors that include metabolism, personal preference, motivation levels, goal, ideal body weight/ image, medical status, physical ability, and body composition — just to name a few — influence a person’s weight and how it can be lost.

Join us in today’s post as we discuss five common weight loss myths and how they may be thwarting your weight loss efforts.

1. You are fat.

This is the first myth that should be busted! Gone are the days where stick-thin models who suffer from eating disorders and are on the verge of death set the standard for beauty. Here are the days where each person gets to set their own ideal of beauty and what the ideal body weight and image is. Thick thighs are glorified and plus size is nothing to be ashamed of. What this myth should be reworded to is “I am unhealthy.” Weight loss goals should be health-oriented and focus on your medical and emotional health. If your weight is causing pain, hypertension, shortness of breath, or making you feel bad about yourself, then it is time to make a change.

2. I can exercise to compensate.

Let’s make this perfectly clear — you cannot out-exercise a poor diet. All too often, people work hard in the gym, exhausting themselves, to leave and reward their efforts with their favorite treat. It would have contributed more toward your goals to skip the workout and eat differently. Food is fuel and your body needs to be fed healthy, nutritious foods. There is no amount of fat-burning cardio that can compensate for unhealthy fuel.

3. I have to make dramatic changes to see dramatic results.

Depending on what you are referring to here, this very well could be true. However, for the majority of people, a few small, simple changes and the support of supplements such as Super-B injections can make all the difference! We have seen people reach their weight-loss goals simply by changing what they drink or eliminating a single condiment. Weight gain is largely dependent on habits and routines and happens over time. Conversely, weight loss is the same. Making small changes can result in pretty dramatic results. This is why it is critical to have your habits examined and adjusted to meet your personal goals rather than attempting to use an over-generalized fad-diet plan.

4. I don’t have the time or energy.

This is more of an excuse rather than a myth, but is both. Time is a fleeting resource in most people’s lives, but prioritization is also a problem when it comes to reaching goals. For many average citizens, stress, life, and responsibilities leave them feeling exhausted. Sometimes, this can be due to poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle, and a vitamin deficiency. Lipotropic injections and Super-B injections can help boost your mood and energy, reinstating your ability to relentlessly pursue your goals!

5. I am all alone in this journey.

This myth personally hurts us. You are certainly not alone. You have a whole team at Empire Medical Center rooting for you and deeply invested in helping you meet your goals! Not only is our staff supportive, but you can find an entire community of people in the same shoes on a similar weight loss journey. And, sometimes, a support network makes all the difference!

To get the support and accurate information you need to begin a successful weight loss journey, contact the team at Empire Medical Center. With locations in Barstow and Apple Valley that both offer a variety of weight loss services, you are sure to reach your goals!