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5 Weight Loss Myths that Can Keep You Fat

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Although obesity, and all the health problems associated with it, is on the rise in Americans, it seems as though there are more and more diet plans too. From fad diets to online apps to weight loss centers, Americans are trying it all to lose weight but do not seem to be winning the battle of the bulge.

Perhaps, though, it is the misinformation many Americans believe that is keeping them overweight.

Dr. Kelvin Brown, founder of Precision Weight Loss Center in Atlanta, Ga. believes that by discounting commonly believed weight loss myths, many Americans may be able to learn how to lose the weight for good and become healthier to boot.

Here are the five myths Dr. Brown believes may be keeping someone fat.

1. Myth: "Don’t eat anything after X o’clock."

By cutting off eating at a certain time of day, one’s metabolism can slow down considerably, causing a stall in weight loss. Eating the wrong foods late at night, though, is not an answer either.

Nutritionists encourage dieters to eat complete mini-meals throughout the day, every three hours. Focusing on fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods, as well as those that are a good source of protein can stabilize blood sugar levels.

2. Myth: "Drinking water doesn't help one lose weight or maintain good health.”

Water is not only important to lose weight, it is critical! It increases the body's metabolism, thus burning more fat, as well as providing an energy level boost. Most Americans know they should drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, but sadly, most of them still do not do it.

3. Myth: "Weight loss can be achieved by severely restricting calories and only eating once or twice a day.”

Eating fewer calories is only one part of losing weight in a healthy way. Eating infrequently or eating the wrong type of foods puts you at risk for slowing your metabolism or simply dieting in an unhealthy way which cannot be sustained.

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So many people think that they will lose weight if they just stop eating. Sometimes it is really difficult to explain to them that there is a significant difference between losing weight and losing fat.

April 13, 2014 - 2:26pm
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