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Dispelling Weight Loss Myths

Posted on 03/12/2013

Who hasn't heard a dieting (weight loss) myth and wondered, is it true? Even I will question logical sounding advice, but once I dig deeper I realize it is simply a dieting myth. To help sort out the confusion, I thought I would compile a list of dieting myths and "set the record straight" for you.

Dieting is changing the way one eats-- FASLE, everyone is on a diet. Diet simply means the food and beverages you consume...it's not changing your eating habits. If you are not on a so-called diet, then you die!

Eat at certain times of day (and night) only -- FALSE, you can eat when you are hungry, weather it be at 1 AM or 1 PM however it is the calories that count. If you consume more than you expend, then you will gain weight! If you prefer to eat several small meals a day rather than three meals a day, go for it but just watch your calories.

Counting calories isn't necessary -- FASLE, all foods contain calories and if you go over your daily allotment for your caloric needs then you will gain weight. There is no "free food" since all food contains calories.

Cut carbs to lose weight -- FALSE, healthy eating and losing weight safely isn't about eliminating a food group from your diet. Carbs are one of the best sources of food, with only 4 calories per gram, compared to 9 calories per gram for fat (protein also contains 4 calories per gram).

Vitamins and supplements are necessary to lose weight -- FALSE, if you consume a healthy, balanced diet then no vitamins or supplements are necessary unless prescribed by your physician. The extra vitamins and supplements will be excreted or you may end up consuming toxic levels which can be life threatening.

Exercise is key to weight loss -- FALSE, you can lose weight if you control your calories without exercise. However, your results will improve with any movement you do including exercise…it's a matter of calories in vs. calories out.

You should have a free day -- FALSE, for best results, a constant diet is best for everyone and consuming extra calories on one day as a "free day" and restricting the next day only makes your weight fluctuate.

Older you are the harder it is to lose weight -- FALSE, weight loss can be achieved at any age and should not be blamed on age. While most people do slow down a bit with age, so too does your need for caloric intake. So, if you continue to consume the same amount of calories as you did at 20 years old at 80 years old, then of course you'll end up gaining weight. 

You should weight yourself daily -- FALSE, you do not need to weigh yourself every day however you should pick one day a week and weigh yourself on that day at about the same time of day. This eliminates frustration from water weight fluctuations and shows your progress more accurately than weighing yourself daily.

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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