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Dieting Beliefs that Will Make You Fat

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There are hundreds of diets around. From no carbs to low fat to raw to juicing, Americans try anything and everything to lose weight.

There is no shortage of weight loss plans endorsed by celebrities and real people alike over the years. They all tout great results, claiming each of their plans will help anyone drop some pounds, lose the inches, and become healthier all over.

But are some of the myriad of diets actually causing people to gain weight rather than lose it?

The truth is, not every diet is for every person and not everyone will see the results that are broadcast across TV 24 hours a day. There are several false beliefs people have gleaned from different plans and they can actually put the pounds back on.

Think of this list as a list of things not to believe.

Belief #1: A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

Some people believe that there are no “good” or “bad” calories, that the 100 calories an apple contains is just the same as the 100 calories in half a candy bar.

Experts agree that is probably untrue. One’s metabolism, which plays a big part in any weight loss or gain, is affected by the kinds of calories one takes in as well as the number of calories.

In a Yahoo.com article, Robert Lustig, M.D., a pediatric endocrinologist at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital was quoted as saying “low-sugar, high-fiber foods cause lower blood sugar peaks, less insulin release and less weight gain.”

There are certain foods researchers have found that are particularly bad for those trying to lose weight. Potato chips, potatoes, sugar-sweetened sodas, unprocessed red meat and processed meats are the five foods that promote the most weight gain.

Bottom line: It matters what type of calories one eats.

Belief #2: Eating more frequently throughout the day helps one lose weight.

A lot of people hold fast to the belief that eating mini-meals throughout the day will help them lose more weight. However, the science behind that statement is just not conclusive.

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EmpowHER Guest

Not all pills are bad. It actually depends on how you take them. Most of them are harmful if taken on long-term but for short-term usage with some small gradual changes on diet plus to couple it with exercise, you'll be fine. I know it because I have once used a pill called Prescopodene and it does what it promised me. Right after getting what I want, I quit and then just stick to exercise and diet. It wasn't really hard to abruptly transition your lifestyle because I was doing it along with the pill so it wasn't that difficult.

June 18, 2013 - 6:50pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I think small frequent meal every day is a sound idea for weight loss but I am not really sure about how small does the calories should be per serving? I am actually confused about it cause if you get to eat more calories on that small frequent meal, then it would most likely let you gain more weight. I couldn't do exercise strictly because I have a very hectic schedule. I would love to try a pill instead if all else fails. Is this Prescopodene really effective?

July 5, 2013 - 5:58am
EmpowHER Guest

Don't believe that we loose weight in 30 days and don't use the pills for loosing the weight.It sometimes may be harmful.

April 5, 2013 - 10:23pm
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