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If you enjoyed my article about weight loss myths last week, I’ve got a few more to tell you about. Here are the other five weight loss myths that need to be busted!

 

6. Myth: exercise needs to be hardcore to count.

Working out comes in many forms, and not all of them will leave you breathless and drenched in sweat. Exercise doesn’t have to be spending an hour at the gym. Just get moving, take a dance class, go for a hike, walk the dog, or vacuum your house. It all counts!

 7. Myth: there’s nothing wrong with cutting out entire food groups or nutrients.

While some people have issues like lactose intolerance that require eliminating food groups or nutrients, most people don’t need to go to those lengths. A healthy diet is marked by variety, balance, and moderation. Your body requires fat, protein, and carbohydrates to function. Removing one of these components may lead to nutrient deficiencies, and may even hinder weight loss, as your body lacks what it needs.

8. Myth: skipping meals is a great way to lose weight.

Eating less equals less calories, which equals weight loss, right? Even though that seems logical, that’s generally not how the human body works. People who skip meals tend to feel hungrier later on and eat more than they normally would. I recommends eating small meals throughout the day to keep your energy up and maintain stable blood sugar levels, so you don’t make impulsive food choices.

9. Myth: artificial sweeteners are the answer to sugar cravings.

A healthy sugar substitute for zero calories sounds too good to be true, so of course it is. A sugar craving is a biochemical reaction, and it turns out your brain can tell the difference between real sugar and the fake stuff even when your taste buds can’t. So when you try to tame a nagging sweet tooth with artificial sweeteners, you might actually eat more of the treat because your craving isn’t getting satisfied.

10. Myth: you can eat whatever as long as you exercise.

It’s all about balance. You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, and you can’t out-diet a lack of exercise. Maintaining a healthy body is about leading a healthy lifestyle that is fed by real food and prioritizes physical activity.

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