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Common Diet and Exercise Myths

May 12, 2011

When it comes to dieting, there seems to be more myths than truths out there. Weight loss is a challenge, and so is trying to find your way through all the misinformation out there. Many times, if it sounds to good to be true, it is. The best diet is a healthy one, because when it comes to your health, taking shortcuts is not a good idea. Here are a few of the more common diet misconceptions and myths.

Myth: Skipping meals all together will make you lose weight fast. This is false for several reasons, the first being that studies have actually found that people who skip breakfast tend to be heavier than those who eat breakfast. Also, when you skip meals you put yourself at a higher risk for low blood sugar or hypoglycemia, especially for those that have diabetes, it is very important to keep your blood sugar levels stable. The best way to do this is to eat small portions of healthy food throughout the day.

Myth: In order to make a difference, you have to lose a significant amount of weight. When it comes to your health, getting down to your ideal weight is best, but small steps of weight loss can amount to great strides in your health. For example, people with type 2 diabetes that lose just 5-10 lbs have improved their insulin resistance enough for them to quit medications and/or injections. So don't get discouraged when the scale doesn't show the number you want, sustained small improvements will do you wonders.

Myth: As long as you are exercising you can eat anything you want to. This is very simple to explain, you can't lose weight if you reduce calories in one meal, but just pick them back up at another meal, or with another food. The only real way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you eat, which for most of us means reducing our current caloric intake and doing more exercise to burn calories and fat.

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