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Health Tip: Debunking Myths About Weight Loss

(HealthDay News) -- If you want to lose weight, it's important to understand what's really needed to shed extra pounds the healthy way.

The Weight-Control Information Network debunks these common weight-loss myths:

  • Fad diets are not a safe or effective solution for long-term weight loss.

  • Carbohydrates should not be completely avoided. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are healthy sources of carbohydrates.

  • If it seems that some people have an easier time losing weight, many factors (such as age, weight and heredity) contribute to the ability to shed extra pounds.

  • Low-fat or fat-free foods may still be high in calories, even if the fat content is reduced.

  • You can eat fast food occasionally if you make healthy choices and limit portion sizes.

  • Skipping meals is not an effective way to lose weight.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 7/8/2014
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