Your Weight: Myth vs. Fact

You’ve been hitting the gym, ignoring the office donuts and watching portion sizes. Still, if you’re like 69 percent of Americans, you could stand to lose a few pounds. What’s the problem? Maybe it’s myths like these—diet self-deceptions—that are sabotaging your weight-loss goals.

 You tell yourself:

“Eating low-fat or nonfat foods is the best way to lose weight.”

Reality check:  Fat isn’t the bad guy. In fact, studies show that diets higher in fat produce and sustain more weight loss than lower-fat or low-calorie diets. It turns out that having some fat in your diet helps you feel fuller longer. As a result, you may consume fewer calories than you would by eating nonfat foods.

 You tell yourself:

“Juicing is a great way to lose weight—and detox, too.”

Reality check:   Not so. Juices can be high in calories. If you consume more juice calories than you burn, you won’t lose weight. And there’s no research to show that juicing helps your body get rid of toxins beyond what it already does naturally.

 You tell yourself:

“I’m not losing weight because I just don’t have enough willpower.”

Reality check:  Losing weight takes more than determination. It takes planning that starts with setting specific and realistic goals, such as “I will walk for 20 minutes on my lunch hour three days a week.” Keeping a food diary for a few days is also key. It can help you see what and how much you’re eating—and pinpoint problem areas to work on.

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