5 Common Weight Loss Myths
Weight Loss Myths #1
You can just exercise it off.
While it’s possible for some of us with a fast enough metabolism or the right workout routine to burn more calories than we eat, it’s often not sustainable. Nor is exercise-only weight loss a good indicator you’re getting the nutrition you need long term to sustain and maintain a healthy life. Sure, you might be able to work off a diet of burgers, fries and shakes, but you might still die of a heart attack.
Weight Loss Myths #2
Skipping meals is a great way to lose weight.
Skipping meals not only nutritionally starves your body and brain; it slows your metabolism down, which actually makes it harder to lose weight.
Weight Loss Myths #3
The scale and BMI (body mass index) are accurate ways to monitor if you are at a healthy weight.
Neither the scale nor BMI take into account some pretty important characteristics unique to you, such as your gender or your body frame (ex. do you have a small, medium or large frame for your height) or how much of your weight is fat versus muscle.
Weight Loss Myths #4.
A pill, lotion or drink will take the weight off permanently.
The weight didn’t magically come on; taking it off permanently and safely takes lifestyle education and change. It doesn’t have to be hard or expensive, but it does take change.
Weight Loss Myths #5
Losing more than about ½ pound a week is about all that’s healthy and sustainable for weight loss over time.
While Vitela whole-heartily supports anything that is working for you, we support a doctor-recommended clinical food program where clients lose an average of 8-22 pounds monthly. Especially for those folks who have a lot of weight to lose, staying on track at only ½ pound loss per week is challenging for most of us.
Complications of Childhood Obesity
Mechanically separated chicken, also known as “The Pink Gue”
This is served in many fast food restaurants as chicken nuggets and chicken patties. What are you putting into your body?
Body scan of 250 pound woman and 120 pound woman
If this isn’t motivation to work out, I don’t know what is!! Note to self: Look at the size of the intestines and stomach; how the knee joints are rubbing together; the enlarged heart; and the fat pockets near the brain
This MRI cross section of leg muscles
This is utterly fascinating and sobering. Exercise will save your life.