Busted! 6 Weight Loss Myths That Will Make You Cry.

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-Starving does not aid weight loss but instead stores body fat; -Don't avoid fat, it is required by the body and olive oil/flax seeds are good fat; -Don't avoid carbs but limit consumption amount; -Meat is not all protein, has a lot of fat; 30 mins continuous exercise is not the only way, break-up your workout and it works the same. -Vegan doesn't necessarily mean healthy.

Are you tangled in the web of weight loss fads and endless contradicting information on the web? Hopefully you haven’t fallen victim to one of these fads, wasting money and time with the hopes to lose a few pounds, only to gain more back in return. I know, it’s frustrating and millions of people share your pain.  Below I explain several myths that you might be doing right now to try and lose weight. If you are, then stop wasting your time and money.

Myth 1.  Losing Weight Requires Hunger Pains

The fact is, what you eat is more important than how much you eat. If you don’t eat enough, your metabolism will slow down, making your body want to store fat.  As a result, your initial weight loss will come from water and muscle, instead of fat.

You should try to consume healthy food choices and save those foods (and beverages) that are high in fat, sugar and calories for special occasions. Yes, you can have those unhealthy food choices from time to time, in fact, it’s encouraged. Without a cheat meal or snack every now and then, you will get frustrated and lose sight of your goal.  Please note, I said a cheat meal, not a cheat day. I see too many people doing cheat days, which is way too much for your body to overcome on a weight loss plan.

Myth 2.  Eat No Fat Whatsoever

This is a very old and popular myth. Your fat intake should be limited to around 15% of your overall daily calorie intake. Fat is needed in any diet to lubricate your joints, keeps your skin smooth and elastic, provide a source of energy, help your nervous system function properly and more. Olive, flaxseed and fish oils are good sources of fats. Fats to avoid include saturated fats and hydrogenated fats (also known as trans fats).

Myth 3.  Avoid Carbs

You’ve certainly heard this before, “Carbohydrates are bad for you and should be avoided”. This myth has been trending lately as fad diets like Atkins and its copycats become more and more popular. The truth is carbohydrates have a moderate amount of calories (about half as many as fat). Simple carbohydrates (sugar) should be limited, but complex carbohydrates: whole grain and starches are high in nutrients. The problem with carbohydrates is portion control. Too many people eat at restaurants with huge portion sizes loaded with 5 times the amount of carbs needed for a given meal.  The best way to control your carb portions is to cook for yourself.

Myth 4. Meat Is The Only Way To Get Enought Protein

Meat is a great source of protein, but it certainly is not the only source. Meat can also be high in fat and sodium so many people look for alternative sources of protein. Egg whites are a prime source of protein and so are various vegetables and legumes like peas, spinach, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

Myth 5. Exercise At Least 30 Consecutive Minutes To Get An Effective Calorie Burning Workout

Adults should engage in a workout regimen for at least 30 minutes a day at least 4 days a week. Research has shown that the activity does not need to be done all at once.  The 30 minute routine can be split into two 15 minute intervals and provide the same health benefits.

Myth 6. Vegetarians And Vegans Are Healthier Eaters Than Carnivores

Vegetarians on average eat fewer calories and less fat than carnivores (non-vegetarians). However, vegetarians can make eating choices that contribute to weight gain by eating large amounts of high-fat, high-calorie foods as well as food with little nutritional value. The term vegetarian is not synonymous with health.

The best way to be sure you are getting a well balanced, nutrient-rich diet is to eat more whole foods and less processed, pre-packaged foods and to avoid eating out as much as possible. Make eating out an occasional treat, but try to prepare most of your meals yourself and you will be on your way to living a healthier, leaner lifestyle.

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
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Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

Dr. Lori L. Shemek
Star Expert

Dr. Lori Shemek is the best-selling author of “FIRE-UP YOUR FAT BURN! and a leading health and weight loss expert. The Huffington Post has recognized Dr. Shemek twice as one of the 'Top 16 Health and Fitness Experts' alongside such names as Dr. Oz and the Huffington Post also recognized her as one of the 'Top 35 Diet and Nutrition Experts' She is also a health expert for the ABC TV show Good Morning Texas.

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Faye Doll
Faye Doll 5pts

Just about everything you said does make sense however you're completely wrong about vegans entirely and utterly wrong. Not all vegans are the same there are ones that eat junk food, there are ones that eat a raw till 4 diet the rare ones that eat no specified diet, and there are ones that are entirely raw which is 80% carbs 10% fat 10% protein diet. So you cannot assume that being vegan and bring a healthy weight is dietary myth. It really hurts to see no sources for your research either. Most vegans eat eat more produce than the majority of Americans do by a long shot. Vegetarians though, eating all that core milk designed to turn babies into 1600lb cows! That even in small amounts will put weight on you

Jessica Kulp
Jessica Kulp 5pts

You mean you want to reduce the fat in front of the muscle?

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LaOficial Reyes
LaOficial Reyes 5pts

I hope this true because I am vegetarian u don't eat meat of any kind at all

Arlene Cabanes Veloso
Arlene Cabanes Veloso 5pts

What is the problem in your page? I can't view your post? Every time I click the picture or your post, it has many options to choose from. But when I click it, it is just the same. It's not like before, when you click the post, you can see automatically the whole article. Pls.fix it.

Maristel Melgar
Maristel Melgar 5pts

This not make me cry why don't believe in the miracle pill

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Adi Satsangi 5pts

BTW, Meat is not at all recommended in Ayurveda. Meat or Poultry is considered a dead food and creates cancer. However, milk is highly recommended.

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My english poor. Have hindi option for website.

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Kurt Linn 5pts

Men of a certain age consume too many calories in the Info Age.

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Kanha Thakur 5pts

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Julie Marquez 5pts

I like the Marilyn Monroe body in the picture better than the skinny one . . .stay that way. That's not fat.

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We agree with that Savia Sarwar!

Savia Sarwar
Savia Sarwar 5pts

saturated fat from protein and dairy like butter, cheese and milk is is not bad for you!!! Everything in moderation and eat whole foods!!!!

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Cecibell Rojas 5pts

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Hermes Jaico García 5pts

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