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10 Weight Loss Tricks to Avoid

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With the growing obesity epidemic in America, many people are looking for solutions to prevent or combat their weight. But losing weight can be difficult for almost everyone. It requires many changes in diet and overall lifestyle. You can find a lot of information about weight loss in magazines, in books, on television and on the internet. However, there is as much misleading information as there is truthful information available. Sorting out the facts from the myths can be as difficult as actually applying the information. Here is a list of the top myths about losing weight to help you get on the right track.

10. Skipping Meals

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While cutting down calories is ideal for weight loss, skipping entire meals will not help accomplish that. Research supports the idea that skipping meals will actually contribute to weight gain. People who skip breakfast tend to weigh more than people who eat breakfast. Any calories saved by not eating will be spent at your last meal for the day since you will be hungrier and your body will require more calories for energy. In other words, you will eat more than you normally would, because you skip meals. Instead it is advisable to eat more frequent, low calorie meals throughout the day, so you are full, energized and not binge eating by night. Nutritionists advise at least 3 meals a day.

9. Liquid Diets

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Substituting liquid foods for solids may actually increase your calorie count. Drinking beverages won’t impact your hunger level, and will only satisfy your thirst. Fruit juices and vegetable juices don’t have all the nutrients of fruit itself so keep them to a minimum, though they are a much better alternative to soda. Juices lack the fiber and protein found in whole fruits and vegetables since most of the pulp is removed. As a result, you do not feel full. Therefore, you will likely want to eat afterwards and consume more calories than you would have had you just eaten fruits and vegetables. It is best to drink plenty of water to fulfill your thirst.

8. Slow Weight Loss

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There is an assumption that losing weight too quickly will make you less likely to stick with it. In reality, the speed at which a person loses weight does not affect whether or not they will stick to it. There is little evidence to support this idea.  Your weight loss can begin at any time and go at any speed, provided you are being healthy and doing it safely. Whether or not a person sticks to their diet and exercise routine is entirely up to the individual.  Losing weight can be easy for some people, but sticking to a weight loss plan and maintaining weight is half the battle no matter what.

7. Avoiding Carbs

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All carbs are not equal to others. There are both good and bad carbs. Processed carbs in sugar and white flour will undoubtedly contribute to weight gain. However, whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables are essential in a diet. Avoiding them because of calories may help you lose weight, but will leave you unhealthy and undernourished. However, in regard to carbs you may actually inhibit weight loss. The truth is that the human body uses carbs as fuel during physical activity. As the body does this, body fat is burned. Therefore, the right carbs actually help you burn fat and lose weight.

6. Consistent Diet and Exercise

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Most believe that eating healthy and exercising everyday will keep you thin. While you should always exercise and eat healthy thorough your life, it should not necessarily be consistent.  You should not have the same diet and exercise routine for the rest of your life. As you age your metabolism will slow down and your nutritional needs will change. In order to lose weight, you will need to accommodate these changes in your body. Even though it may be harder for you as get older, stricter dieting and more exercise may be required in order for you to stay thin, fit and healthy.

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