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Things I had to unlearn about losing weight

bpetroskybpetrosky Member Posts: 3,911 Member Member Posts: 3,911 Member
These are some of the things that were either bad information peddled by diet plan sellers (Atkins, South Beach, Tim Ferris, etc) or broscience that I had to unlearn to actually lose weight successfully. Unlearning these things has helped me approach eating and losing weight from a far better direction mentally.
  • Cut out all bad foods, eat only healthy things. (No, I can have a balanced diet that allows room for some treats)
  • Cut out carbs or fat or sugar. (No, carbs are good, and healthy fats are necessary. An appropriate level of all of them can be had if I work them into my calorie budget)
  • Don't eat anything after X o'clock, it'll go straight to fat. (No, eating so that I end up in a surplus made me fat)
  • Starvation mode will make me store fat. (No, but undereating too much will cause other problems)
  • Certain types of foods must be eaten in the morning or afternoon. (No, our bodies evolved to make the most of the food we eat when we get it)
  • You must eat 6x a day to boost metabolism. (No, eating frequency does not significantly change metabolism)
  • You must take certain powders or pills to boost metabolism [usually part of a diet plan]. (No, supplements are not effective to change metabolic rates)
  • You can eat unlimited amounts of certain healthy foods. (No, eating too much of anything will put on weight, but very calorie dense foods are much easier to overeat)
  • You must eat certain combinations of foods in certain orders to optimize thermogenic effects. (No, any such effects are too small to make enough of a difference)
  • You have to work out X minutes a day, or do certain routines to lose weight. (No, you don't have to exercise to lose weight, but it can help you get to a deficit and has other benefits)

edited June 2015
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  • FattygastedFattygasted Member, Premium Posts: 29 Member Member, Premium Posts: 29 Member
    Thanks for posting this!
  • Emilia777Emilia777 Member Posts: 978 Member Member Posts: 978 Member
    Good stuff!!
  • stephanieluvspbstephanieluvspb Member Posts: 1,008 Member Member Posts: 1,008 Member
  • bpetroskybpetrosky Member Posts: 3,911 Member Member Posts: 3,911 Member
    errollm wrote: »
    This needs to be stickied/be a pop up add when you download the app/ put in every "health" magazine, blog and pintrest, put under childrens pillows, handed out to people on the street, and dropped from airplanes leafleting major cities!!!!

    Excellent post!!!

    Awww shucks!
  • aliciamariaqaliciamariaq Member Posts: 272 Member Member Posts: 272 Member
    errollm wrote: »
    This needs to be stickied/be a pop up add when you download the app/ put in every "health" magazine, blog and pintrest, put under childrens pillows, handed out to people on the street, and dropped from airplanes leafleting major cities!!!!

    Excellent post!!!

    Agreed!
  • Alatariel75Alatariel75 Member Posts: 17,638 Member Member Posts: 17,638 Member
    Great post! I usually approach threads like this expecting a bit of an eyeroll, but you're spot on!
  • CJsf1tCJsf1t Member Posts: 414 Member Member Posts: 414 Member
    Awesome post! I agree! This should be stickied :)
  • Azurite27Azurite27 Member Posts: 547 Member Member Posts: 547 Member
    Great post
  • ILiftHeavyAcrylicsILiftHeavyAcrylics Member Posts: 27,964 Member Member Posts: 27,964 Member
  • mockchocmockchoc Member Posts: 6,534 Member Member Posts: 6,534 Member
    LOVED it. Spot on.
  • julielh72julielh72 Member, Premium Posts: 92 Member Member, Premium Posts: 92 Member
    Awesome post.
  • ChiffonLaRue14ChiffonLaRue14 Member Posts: 40 Member Member Posts: 40 Member
    Thank you so much for posting this. :) It makes me aghast as to why there are still so many weight-loss myths out there and that so many people still believe them.
  • PeachyCarolPeachyCarol Member Posts: 8,040 Member Member Posts: 8,040 Member
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