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Common Myths about Weight Loss

Updated on February 13, 2012

There are a lot of advertisements and false claims available in the market of weight loss products that can misguide the buyers. Moreover, a lot of conventional approaches are also popular which are not much fruitful today. In this hub, I like to discuss some common myths about weight loss.

Fad diets help in permanent weight loss

It is believed that fat diets including South Beach Diet, Atkins Diet, Glycemic Load Diet help to lose weight fast. But this is not completely true. Initially, you may see some results as these diets limit the intake of calories. However, after some days you will not be able to stick to this diet and again put more weight.
Fad diets have a number of disadvantages too. For instance, fad diets do not contain sufficient nutrients to provide energy for the daily works. Moreover, these fad diets may result in rapid weight loss that can further cause health complications like gallstones. Fad diets are also associated with increased chances of heart diseases. Thus it is better to avoid fad diets and rely on healthy eating habits as it helps in the long run.

Weight losses cannot be achieved by everyone

It is also a common myth that certain people cannot lose weight even after continuous effort. This myth is based on the conventional thinking that number of fat cells in the body never increases with age. But now this has been proved wrong and we know that both the number and size of fat cells can increase. The size of fat cells increases when excess food that is not converted to energy is stored in the fat cell. Similarly the number of fat cells increases due to excess eating or less exercise during various stages of life

Weight gain is inherited from parents

Actually weight gain or obesity is not genetic as no such genes are responsible for weight gain. But the attitude or habits of parents may get passed to their offspring. For instance, it is obvious that a obese person must be having unhealthy eating habits and is careless towards exercises. Then their kids also get expose to the same atmosphere from their childhood and are more likely to become obese. However, with consistent effort and strong determination any one can get rid of extra pounds.


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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think one of the reasons that diets don't work permanently is that they're a temporary change in eating habits. The only way that a diet will work is to change your eating plans permanently and bit by bit. Weight loss may be slow at first but it won't be temporary. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Essentially, it's all about discipline and persistence. Weight loss takes time and effort. We cannot give up half-way. Per genetics, people born to obese parents may have some tendencies to bloat a little faster than others. Still, they have hope. Exercise, diet, and patience are keys. Thank you for your informative hub.

    • A-Jaqoob profile image


      7 years ago from Muscat,Oman

      very interesting topic

    • wallpapersfor profile image


      7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips!


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