Myth. Research has shown that people who successfully lose weight -- that is, they lose it and are able to maintain that weight loss over time -- eat frequently throughout the day, at least three meals. And portion size is important. People who are overweight tend to consume a lot of their daily calories in the evenings.
6. Low-fat food means low-calorie.
Myth. Just because something is labeled "low-fat" does not necessarily mean it is also low in calories. Reading nutrition labels on foods is very important to determine whether anything was substituted for the fat in order to enhance the flavor or the texture. For example, while the fat content might be lower per portion of a certain food, it may contain more carbohydrates.
7. Diet soda is healthier than regular soda.
True, but diet sodas aren't health food. The additives and artificial sugars have undergone a number of studies, and so far, have not been shown to have any link to cancer in humans.
Regular soda pop, on the other hand, is among the most unhealthy of all beverages, because of its high sugar and calorie content. While diet soda is not a healthy beverage by any means, it can be consumed in place of regular soda when no other options are available.
It should be noted that research has shown people tend to consume more calories when drinking diet soda, possibly due to the fact that they are drinking a less fattening soda.
8. Liposuction is a way to lose significant weight.
Myth. Many people may think of liposuction as a way to lose weight, instantly, having dozens of pounds of fat sucked from the body.
In reality, liposuction is used as an aesthetic procedure, removing small amounts of fat from very specific areas to make them, and the person, look better. Liposuction is used to remove, at most, 10 to 12 pounds, and is not used for weight loss on a large scale. For that, patients may use bariatric surgery or gastric bypass surgery.
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