Diet Myths – The Series, Episode 6

Myth: Lose weight no matter how much you eat of your favorite foods!

OK, so I can eat 3 dozen chocolate covered, jelly filled donuts a day and still lose weight?  Where do I sign up?  Count me in!  Actually, this is pure hogwash.  Don’t believe for a second that you can eat all you want of high-calorie foods and still lose weight. Losing weight requires sensible food choices.

Not only do you need to make sensible food choices, but you should also balance that with portion control.  Eating too much of good food is just about the same as eating bad foods (well, kinda).  You see, even though you may be making sensible food choices, too much of those sensible choices can still be bad.  If you consume too many calories (i.e. large portions), your body will store what it can’t burn off as fat to be used as energy later.  The problem is, most folks don’t use that excess stored energy later.

Another problem with this idea is that sometimes these mythical claims of losing weight no matter how much you eat also comes along with the claim that exercise is also not necessary.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Furthermore, these claims are also typically made from manufactures of diet pills and "metabolic enhancers". 

If you haven’t gathered it by now in this Diet Myths Series, you have to use proper eating and proper exercise to lose weight while keeping it off.  There are no magic pills or silver bullets.