Weight Loss Myths
New insights into the best way to lose weight and keep it off
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It’s January and that means everyone is on a diet. Losing weight is the most popular New Year’s Resolution. In fact, it’s so popular that many of you make it every year--because chances are good that last year’s resolution or diet eventually failed. How can we work so hard (and often) at weight loss and yet never succeed? The problem is that we go about losing weight all wrong. Here are three of the most common myths and misperceptions about weight loss.
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Myth 1: Do Whatever it Takes
We’ve all heard about the many health risks associated with being overweight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, osteoarthritis, and a long list of other ailments. Accordingly, most people (including many doctors) believe that getting the weight off—by whatever means necessary--is the most important thing. But this is not necessarily the case.
In terms of disease risk, losing even 5% of your body weight yields enormous benefits, even if you’re still overweight. In fact, losing even a modest amount of weight and keeping it off for good is much more beneficial to you than losing a whole bunch of weight and then gaining some or all of it back. In terms of the long term impact on your health, the direction you’re heading is more important than where you are.
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