Weight loss myths are created to justify bogus diet programs. Lose twenty pounds in a week. Get the body of your dreams before the beach season. Be the envy of all your friends. And just to show you that they're serious, all the information is presented by a human Barbie or Ken doll. It's gotta work, right? Though popular diet programs come and go quicker than the turning of seasons, people are still pulled in by weight loss myths like moths to a flame.
Despite what the best-selling books and peppy infomercials will tell you, the sad truth is that in almost every case these fad programs result in regained pounds and in additional weight gained. It's inevitable because these programs are unsustainable long-term. And then, when your body rebounds from one of these starvation or manufactured food type weight loss programs you gain more weight than you started with. This is called the "rebound effect" of yo-yo dieting and the people who design these bogus programs count on it. They also count on the fact that you won't blame them for the failure; you will blame yourself for not "sticking with the program."
The truth is that it's not your fault, you never had a chance to succeed and trust me they know it. There are just to many weight loss myths and bad diet programs to list. So, I have listed the most common types by category. If a program falls into one of these categories don't go for it!
Does it make unrealistic claims? Rapid weight loss is one of the most believed myths. Look, I know you'd love to lose twenty pounds in a week, but that just isn't realistic. Safe, effective and healthy weight loss is at the rate of 1 - 3 pounds each week (the one exception is the 1st couple of weeks where you can make more drastic initial losses of 4 - 8 pounds a week) Anything faster than this is extremely unhealthy, it will cause your metabolism to slow and your body to lose muscle mass. Both of these conditions makes it easier for you to regain weight after you return to your normal eating pattern.
Does it ask that you purchase special products? The idea that we can't maintain a healthy weight by eating normal foods is a common myth. There are no chemically enhanced food items or gimmicks needed for weight loss; nature has provided everything we need. Any program that expects you to give up healthy and nutritious whole foods in exchange for highly processed 'diet' products or foods simply are playing on common myths. These programs are not healthy and will not work long-term.
Does it eliminate certain foods or whole food groups? Programs that say certain basic food groups like carbohydrates are bad for you are based on popular myths. It will set you up for failure and possibly even risk your health. Your body requires a proper amount and mix of carbohydrates, proteins and fats to be healthy and strong. Eliminating food groups causes you to lose out on nutrients that you need and can be dangerous to your health. You may lose some weight initially, but at what cost?
Does it include a strict plan to follow? Another one of the common myths is that you must follow a strict restrictive diet to lose weight. Come on, we are humans, not robots. Who can really stick with a drastic diet schedule? If a program cannot be customized to fit your personal likes and dislikes as well as your schedule then you won't stick with it.
These myths are perpetuated by the billion dollar weight loss industry to get you to buy their programs. Their programs are all designed to produce short term success, sometimes even drastic early weight loss, and then fail in the long term. They fail because all of these programs are unsustainable. They count on your failure and self blame for the failure to set you up for their next "miracle" weight loss program. Don't keep falling for the myths pushed by these companies.
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