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Your Weight-Loss Tactics May Be Wrong


There is a lot of misinformation around when it comes to weight loss. Researchers decided to put some common weight-loss strategies to the test, and found insufficient or even contrary evidence in the scientific literature for many widely held beliefs.

Belief: If people set lofty weight-loss goals, they will get discouraged and lose less weight.
Fact: Evidence suggests that ambitious goals may increase weight loss.

Belief: Losing weight fast is worse than losing weight slowly.
Fact: Losing weight quickly is associated with lower body weight over the long term.

Belief: Breast-feeding prevents obesity in kids.
Fact: Evidence suggests breast-feeding does not prevent obesity in children, but it does have other health benefits.

Belief: Eating breakfast keeps the pounds down.
Fact: Two studies found that people lost the same amount of weight whether or not they skipped breakfast, while other research supports the weight-loss benefits of breakfast.

Belief: Eating more fruits and vegetables will result in more weight loss.
Fact: Without making other changes, adding extra fruits and vegetables to the diet may actually cause weight gain.

Belief: Snacking leads to weight gain.
Fact: There is no good evidence to show snacking is linked to obesity more than any other kind of eating.

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 31, 2013


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