Five Common Myths About Weight Loss

Even under ideal circumstances, losing weight is tough. It’s made harder when you don’t know what information to trust, thanks to a host of conflicting statements about weight loss coming from all sorts of sources. 

Turn to medical professionals you can trust when your goal is permanent weight loss. Primary care physician Evan Allen, MD, and our team at Total Care Family Practice can help you reach your health and weight-loss goals. Going it alone using a DIY diet rarely provides permanent results. People who choose medical weight loss lose more weight and keep it off longer. 

To get you started on the right track, we’ve put together five common myths to steer clear of on your weight-loss journey. 

Myth #1: Health foods are expensive 

The costly nature of healthy foods is by far one of the longest held myths surrounding nutrition and weight loss. Many people cite the expense of healthy food as a challenge in eating better and losing weight. 

While packaged and convenience foods may seem less costly, when it comes to price per unit of weight, healthy staples like beans, lentils, brown rice, potatoes, carrots, and the like, are much more cost effective. 

Myth #2: Dietary fat is the enemy

The idea of dietary fat as the enemy of weight loss is pervasive. The low-fat craze of the 1980s and 1990s perpetuated the perception of all fat as harmful. 

The truth is, dietary fat is essential to health, and while too much of the wrong types of fat is certainly harmful, you need some fat in your diet for health and weight loss. Improving your eating habits and focusing on getting a balance of nutrients is key. 

Myth #3: Over-the-counter weight-loss supplements work

Marketing ads would have you believe that you need weight-loss pills and potions to succeed in losing any meaningful amount of weight. With promises to help you drop pounds quickly without diet and exercise, weight loss supplements are easy to buy into. 

A review of more than 1,700 studies and articles found there’s very little evidence that over-the-counter dietary supplements provide lasting or meaningful weight loss. 

Myth #4: Superfoods burn more calories

It seems every few months there’s a so-called superfood touted as “fat burning,” among other things. This feeds the myth that certain foods burn more fat or calories. Like with dietary supplements, there’s very little evidence that any of these superfoods burn more fat or more calories than other foods. 

Myth #5: If I work out, I can eat what I want and still lose weight

Unfortunately, no amount of crunches in the gym can undo poor eating habits. If you’re relying on fast foods and processed foods as your primary form of nutrition, working out will have very little impact on weight loss. The best results are shown to come from a combination of diet and exercise. 

Patients who opt for medical weight loss at Total Care Family Practice receive a comprehensive evaluation and body composition analysis. Dr. Allen uses insights gained from the results to develop an individualized weight-loss plan tailored to your needs and goals. 

To start your journey to lasting weight loss, contact our knowledgeable team in Henderson, Nevada, by calling or booking online today. It is possible to lose weight and keep it off for good, and we can help.

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