Weight Loss Myths Summary
• Exercise does not need to be intense every day in order to achieve and maintain weight loss. 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week is sufficient.
• Quality of food is more important than quantity when it comes to weight loss. Eating nutrient-dense food helps keep people feeling fuller longer and provides the body with the fuel it needs.
• Skipping meals is not a good way to cut calories as this leads to low energy levels, irritability, and hunger pains that may derail dietary goals. Smaller, more frequent meals are better for overall health.
If you’re trying to lose weight, be aware of the following myths.
Myth one: You have to exercise intensely every day to lose weight. While regular physical activities important for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to exercise for hours each day. Aiming for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity every week is enough to help you reach your goal.
Myth number two: Eating fewer calories will help you lose weight quickly. While calories do play a role in creating the caloric deficit needed to burn fat, food quality is actually more important than quantity when it comes to shedding pounds.
For example, if you eat a thousand calories worth of greasy fast food, you won’t necessarily have the same results as if you ate a thousand calories worth of nutrient dense food. Eating nutrient dense food helps keep you feeling fuller longer and give your body the fuel it needs.
Myth number three: Skipping meals is a good way to cut calories when you skip meals or go too long between eating periods. This leads to symptoms such as low energy levels, irritability, or hunger pains, which could lead you off track with your dietary goals. Smaller frequent meals are better on you and your body than skipping meals.
I’m Dr. David Long, that was the long story short.
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