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12 Weight Loss Myths We Continue to Believe

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As long as society rewards and celebrates thinness, there will always be fad diets and weight loss strategies promising quick and amazing results.  There are times when we want something so desperately we will believe anything even if it goes against common sense.  From weight loss competitions to meal supplements, we will ignore what is fact if it means the possibility of wearing skinny jeans again.  The following list examines the more common myths that continue to thrive and enjoy a large following (ultimately resulting in tears, shame, and weight gain once again).  

 

Myth One: Cheat Days

There are many “diets” that support the idea of picking one day of the week to become our day of eating whatever we desire.  The belief is, if we are able to enjoy a bag of chips on our cheat day, we won’t feel as deprived during the week.  Unfortunately, these cheat days can accumulate a hefty number of calories that may, overtime, lead to weight gained versus weight lost.  

Additionally, if we are assuming we will burn these extra calories off with exercise, the reality may be disappointing as we tend to overestimate the calories burned during work outs.  By focusing on a consistent healthy diet we may also reduce the cravings and keep us on the right track (without having to abuse exercise).  Moreover, a diet that leads to feelings of deprivation will only lead to binge eating and weight regain.

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