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So. What's the worst weight loss myth?



  • dmwh142dmwh142 Member Posts: 72 Member Member Posts: 72 Member
    Anything that doesn't follow the basic science of consuming fewer calories than one burns. The rest is a personal choice and each individual has to find what works for them.
  • GimsteinnGimsteinn Member Posts: 7,678 Member Member Posts: 7,678 Member
    * Starvation mode
    * lifting makes girls bulky
    * don't lift until you've lost a little weight
    * don't run/walk if you're too fat
    * The pasta diet everyone was doing 17 years ago (at least everyone in Iceland)
    * The Cambridge soup diet where you eat 415 calories per day!!
  • fr3smylfr3smyl Member Posts: 1,421 Member Member Posts: 1,421 Member
    fr3smyl wrote: »
    -Carbs are bad
    -You must eat breakfast/small meals
    -Sugar is the devil
    -You must eat a certain way or you won't lose weight/calories don't matter
    -You have to detox
    -Use this wrap/waist trainer/laxative disguised as a miracle pill to lose 5 lbs instantly and shape your figure
    -Every MLM scheme
    -Women shouldn't lift weights

    Weirdly enough, the starvation mode one doesn't bother me so much. It's stupid, but IMO it's not as damaging or derailing as those others are. My biggest pet peeve though? All this nonsense with diet soda and cancer and insulin and toxins. IDK why, but it drives me up the wall.

    If sugar is indeed not the devil, then what pray tell is in devil's food cake, hmmm?

    Ahhh...but is sugar not also in angel food cake???


    For many years...I've been living a lie. :(
  • RebeccaNaegleRebeccaNaegle Member, Premium Posts: 236 Member Member, Premium Posts: 236 Member
    def. the sugar and carbs being the reason people are fat! that's so dumb!
  • CSARdiverCSARdiver Member Posts: 6,256 Member Member Posts: 6,256 Member
    CSARdiver wrote: »
    The Master Cleanse, where apparently all you drink for 10+ days is acetic acid, maple syrup and cayenne pepper, then take a laxative to blow it all out your kitten. I've heard a lot of stupid ideas, but this takes the cake for pure, sheer idiocy. I have to admit to a certain amount of schadenfreude over the sufferings of certain Master Cleansers as they scour their bowels. Does that make me a bad person?

    I reported a case like this to the FDA this week - multiple deaths related to over-ingestion of vinegar. The extent of damage done to the GI was disturbing.

    Seriously!!? I know from sorting through some of the lit that it can affect your teeth and wreak some other havoc, but I didn't realize people were dying from it. There used to have some crazy ACV threads going about a year ago, back before 'Nam, but I don't think there's been a good one recently. There were worms coming out of people's noses and EVERYTHING. Good times.

    Here is the article referenced. Part of my function is searching literature databases for specific search terms and as acetic acid is one of our ANDAs this came up. Note that the cases identified within the article are not specific to the volume ingested other than "large quantities".

    This is white distilled vinegar, which contains ~5% acetic acid.
  • roamingtigerroamingtiger Member Posts: 747 Member Member Posts: 747 Member
    Cleansing and juicing. I actually don't know if juicing is a weight loss myth. I haven't looked it up, but it just sounds like a bad idea.
  • InCHarmsWayInCHarmsWay Member Posts: 98 Member Member Posts: 98 Member
    CSARdiver wrote: »
    My personal all time favorite

    "Well I'm happy CICO works for you, but it doesn't for me" - signed Every Special Snowflake.

    Ha! I got this one tonight!

    I had that same fight with a coworker yesterday!!! It's everywhere!
  • NorthCascadesNorthCascades Member Posts: 10,698 Member Member Posts: 10,698 Member
    "Weight loss happens in the kitchen not wherever you exercise." :trollface:
  • CipherZeroCipherZero Member Posts: 1,420 Member Member Posts: 1,420 Member
    Losing weight is complex.
    edited January 2017
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