It often seems as if there are more sayings about weight loss than there are actual programs to help you shed weight. Chances are you've heard the majority of them and, in many cases, they're more fact than fiction.
Research done in recent years has helped dispel a lot of weightloss claims and, indeed, exposing them as more myth than truth. Here are some of those myths that most of us have heard for as long as we care to remember.
1. You'll Never Lose Weight If You Snack
Losing weight doesn't mean starving yourself. And eating between meals isn't going to prevent you from losing weight. Eating healthy snacks between meals can help you avoid binge eating or overeating later.
2. Eating Close To Bedtime Causes Weight Gain
It's not the fact that you're eating at bedtime that causes you to gain weight; it's that you may be consuming more calories in the way of unhealthy snacks after dinner.
3. Obesity Is About Willpower
It's completely off-base that weight loss or gain is a matter of willpower. For many, obesity is a complex disorder that includes genetic variables and medical conditions.
4. Carbs Cause Weight Gain
It's true that many low-carb diets are effective for weight loss, but that doesn't mean all carbs cause weight gain. Whole foods high in carbs can be very healthy.
5. Fat Makes You Fat
It seems logical that eating more fat will force our bodies to store more fat. The truth is, fat isn't particularly fattening unless it's found in calorie-dense junk food.
6. Fast Food Is Always Bad
It's possible to get something healthy at almost any fast food chain out there.
7. Diet Foods Help You Lose Weight
Unfortunately, a lot of junk food is marketed as "diet" food. If the packaging tells you it's healthy, it's probably not.
8. Weight Loss Diets Work
Dieting is actually a predictor of future weight gain — not loss. You're better off making healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle your goal.
9. Don't Lose Weight Too Quickly
It has been said that losing weight too quickly will make it harder to keep it off in the long run. Fact is, there's little research to support this, and weight loss retention is far more complicated than that.
10. All Calories Are The Same
Yes, all calories have the same energy content, but that doesn't mean all calorie sources have the same effects. A protein calorie is not the same as a fat or carb calorie. Replacing carbs with protein can boost metabolism and reduce appetite.
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