5 Myths About Men’s Weight Loss

By David, Lifestyle Consultant, Livea

Some men think gaining weight around their midsection is a natural part of the aging process. But at Livea, we’re here to debunk this and several other myths about men’s weight loss and management that might be holding you back from achieving your target weight and feeling great.

Ready? Let’s get started!

Myth 1: If you’re over 40, it’s impossible to lose weight.

While your metabolism will slow down as you get older, this should not discourage you. Your metabolism will not ever disappear. The easiest thing you can do to keep your metabolism burning fat like a furnace is to appropriately space your meal times and to never skip them.

This begins with breakfast—arguably the most important meal of the day. The word “breakfast” means to “break” the “fast,” so don’t ever skip it. Consuming a well-balanced diet, rich in proteins, healthy fats, and fruits and vegetables, will also ensure you see results. 

Myth 2: If I cut out soda, I’ll lose weight.

While soda is consumed daily by nearly half of all Americans, reducing your intake is not enough to make you lose weight. The average American soda drinker consumes 45 gallons of soda each year, which makes for a large amount of sugar intake.

Try reducing your soda consumption by increasing your water intake. Start with 64 ounces of water daily, and add variety in your day by utilizing sparkling waters!

Myth 3: All calories are the same.

Calories are either made of proteins, fats or carbohydrates. Your body metabolizes them all differently, and they have a different effect on your blood sugar, hormones and how well they keep you from being hungry. Quality calories from proteins can help you feel fuller longer and help your metabolism, while calories from sugar can have an effect on your mood and energy levels, not to mention cause a spike in your blood sugar.

Myth 4: Diet pills can help you achieve your men’s weight-loss goals.

While some diet pills may help in a very short-term way, they should not be relied upon to promote weight loss. Some people will incorporate caffeine and fat-burning thermogenic supplements to help you burn fat. But this can lead to a quick weight gain after you stop taking them.

The key to weight loss is to make sustainable changes to your eating routine. At Livea, we promote healthy eating habits that focus on making sustainable behavior changes with food choices for long-term success with weight loss and weight maintenance.

Myth 5: Skipping meals helps limit calories, and therefore, will help with men’s weight loss.

Skipping meals can greatly reduce your metabolism, stifling weight loss. When you eat less often, your body goes into a starvation mode and does not easily let go of fat.

At Livea, you will learn that eating every 2-3 hours will help you to stay full longer and for longer periods of time. It’ll also help you to avoid eating larger amounts of food throughout the day. Furthermore, maintaining a state of fullness will allow you to reduce the chances of overeating at any given period of time.    

Looking for a Men’s Weight-Loss Plan that Works?

If you’re ready to take the first step to living healthier and feeling great, Livea has the perfect men’s weight loss program for you! To get started, simply fill out our online form, and a member of our team will get in touch with you to discuss your weight-loss goals and help you customize your Livea program to suit your needs and lifestyle.

Whether you’re a man in his 40s or 50s, you can still achieve healthy weight loss. Learn how by getting started with Livea today!


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