While some weight loss tips are guaranteed to offer results because they are rooted in science, there are many myths that can keep dieters from losing weight and keeping it off. By avoiding these myths you can take a personalized approach that includes behavioral changes, dieters will see more effective results and keep the weight off.

Separating fact from fiction

The Columbus Dispatch reported that there are many Weight loss myths that still exist. These myths can keep dieters from losing the weight they want. A few Central Ohio Dieticians contributed to the list of myths and also offered facts that would help dieters create a more effective weight loss plan.

The myths included one of the most commonly circulated, and that is eating fat makes a dieter fat. Instead of avoiding fat, which is needed for bodily functions, dieters needed to eat healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive oil. Eating late and then having a snack afterward is just fine as long as the snack is small and low calorie. Some red meats are actually leaner than chicken, and so lean red meat is fine as long as dieters compare the fat to lean ratio and select a leaner version of the red meat. Vegetarian diets are only healthy when they avoid foods that are bad. If dieters choose a vegetarian diet, it is necessary to stick to healthier food choices.

Weight loss strategies that work

In a study published in the journal Obesity and conducted by researchers including Emily Feig, the lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital, it was revealed that consistency is a key to weight loss. This doesn't just include losing weight slowly.

It also means losing the same number of pounds each week early in dieting. However, there are other things dieters can do to achieve better results and make it easier to lose weight. The Today Show reported that breakfast is important for weight loss success. The reasons for eating a healthy breakfast include satisfying hunger, avoiding being over hungry at lunchtime, and rehydrating the body.

Good choices to start the day include one to two hard boiled eggs, plain two percent or non-fat Greek yogurt, or fresh whole fruit. Dieters will want to focus on a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats.

The Washington Post reported that combining diet and behavioral changes might help. For those who hate to eat healthily or exercise, this means planning eating and physical activity around lifestyle and habits. Couples sharing a meal when eating out was an easy way to stick to a diet. Robert Kushner, who directs the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, said that stress and sleep have a major effect on weight loss. By developing good sleep habits and reducing stress, dieters will have an easier time losing weight.

Making gentler, moderate changes is key.

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