Sharecare Top 5: Weight Loss Myths Debunked

Spring is (almost) here! And so are skimpier clothes. But don’t worry – losing weight is simple. Just take in fewer calories than you burn off. Easy, right?

Sure, and Santa and the Easter Bunny both look great in bikinis. Unfortunately, it’s hard to lose weight and keep it off – and one reason is that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how to do it. It’s time to shed some weighty baggage. Check out these 5 diet and fitness myths, and get the facts you need to reach a healthy weight and maintain your shape.

1. Crunches and Sit-Ups Zap Belly Fat: Not so. Although you can pick exercises that tone and condition specific muscles in your body, they won’t necessarily give you the results you want. See what fitness expert Geralyn Coopersmith says about “spot reducing” and how to work out smarter for better results.

2. Eating Breakfast Every Day Is a Weight-Loss Guarantee: Starting the day with a healthy meal is great for controlling your cravings. But that’s only part of the equation. Mindful eating and consuming smaller portions are also important habits for successful weight-loss.

3. High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Just Like Any Other Sweetener: Foods that contain high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) don’t trigger “I’m full” signals in your body like other types of sweeteners. In fact, HFCS spikes certain chemicals that make you even hungrier.

4. The Same Meal Plan Will Work For Anyone: Sorry, ladies. Men and women will experience very different results if they eat the same number of calories a day. In fact, men can take in about 400 more calories a day than women. Instead of eating like your husband, use the RealAge calorie calculator to find out how many calories a day are right for you.

5. Lose Weight Slowly to Keep It Off: Some studies have found that a very low-calorie diet can result in significantly more weight loss over longer periods of time. But rapid weight loss may not give you time to make the mental adjustments necessary to sustain the change, meaning you may run a greater risk of gaining weight back.

Take the Weight-Loss Myths quiz to rid yourself of even more misconceptions, and get the truth you need to shed that extra weight … and keep it off for good!