Despite all the research in recent years, there are still lingering myths about weight loss – even among experts! I think it’s because the myths sound so good – we want to believe they’re true. But, unfortunately, research just doesn’t back them up. Here are a few of the most popular falsehoods:
Myth: Small changes lead to big results
It’s all about baby steps, right? That sounds good, but will likely just leave you frustrated in your weight loss efforts. Let’s use the well-known, and frequently championed 3500-calorie rule. The theory equates a pound of body fat with 3,500 calories. That means when you burn 3,500 calories through exercise or eat 3,500 fewer calories, or some combination of the two, you’ll lose a pound of body fat. Unfortunately, the reality of the equation doesn’t pan out.
That’s because, after a while, your body will become more efficient and start conserving energy – thus, working against your weight loss efforts. So, let’s say you walk one…