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The Truth About Weight Loss

Posted Feb 13 2013 9:57pm

bigpants From Your Health Journal…..”A great article recently in the LA Daily News by LeeAnn Weintraub called The Truth About Weight Loss. As mentioned many times here, there are many stories out there about how to lose weight – some of them seem like they can create a miracle, causing someone to set up for huge success, only to be disappointed with failure. I read many things online or in magazines, and sometimes I say to myself when I read about some new diet – “where is the evidence / study to prove this works.” Today’s article goes over many myths about weight loss.

Some things this article discusses are:

* Set idealistic weight loss goals.

* Snacking does not cause weight gain.

* A balanced lifestyle works best.

* It’s OK to lose weight quickly.

* Timing is key.

* Physical activity keeps weight off.

My thoughts on this are very simple. I think weight loss has become very confusing for many people, as it has become very complicated. One day it is okay or safe to try one method of losing weight, the next day, a different story. Then, a new diet comes out that will cause a miracles.

The bottom line, 4 things to remember. Eat nutritional meals (a correct portion size), get physical activity each day, get plenty of sleep, and hydrate properly. Please visit the LA Daily News web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

There are a lot of myths out there about how to lose weight. Whether you are trying to shed five pounds or 55 pounds and keep it off, it is important to focus on the facts of weight loss.

When you are able to sort through the misconceptions and outdated beliefs and use scientifically sound weight loss strategies, getting fit is not as tough.

An article published in The New England Journal of Medicine last month shed light on weight loss myths. Here are a few surprising ones worth dispelling:

Set idealistic weight loss goals.

While many people believe that small, achievable weight-loss goals are best, it may be the overzealous ones that get the job done. In fact, ambitious goals were associated with better results. Setting a weight-loss goal and visualizing it is one of the first steps to take when starting a weight-loss plan.

Snacking does not cause weight gain.

When looking at the data, there is no relationship between snacking and obesity or weight gain. Eating small, healthy snacks like a piece of fruit or a cup of yogurt may be a smart way to prevent overeating at meal time.

A balanced lifestyle works best.

If you’re under the belief that cutting down to four instead of five slices of pizza or the walking you do around the office is going to lead to a huge weight loss over time, you might be mistaken. While making changes does help, it is more important to keep an eye on your total diet, and by including the right level of exercise, results will follow. If you eat well and stay physically active, you can still enjoy your favorites like soda or pizza in moderation. Over time, a balanced lifestyle is a better recipe for long-term, sustained weight loss.

It’s OK to lose weight quickly.

While it is a common belief that weight loss should be slow and gradual, an analysis of the research shows that weight lost rapidly with very-low-calorie diets was just as successful as slower weight loss over the long run.

To read the full article….. Click here

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