3 Myths That Keep Us Fat

Myth # 1 - You must count calories to lose weight

This myth has been busted by science time and time again. Here are the results from one study:

Over 12 weeks people on a low-carb diet lost 223% more weight than people on a low-fat diet.

Here's the kicker... The low-carb group ate 63% MORE CALORIES than the low-fat group!


Myth # 2 - Exercise is the best way to lose weight

When it comes to losing weight, diet trumps exercise every time.

Now does this mean you shouldn't exercise? Hardly. There are a zillion reasons to exercise, starting with heart health and extending to a reduction in the risk for diabetes, depression and even cancer.

But if you're looking to those 20 minutes three times a week on the treadmill to help shed pounds, forget about it. It's not going to happen.


Myth # 3 - Fat makes you fat

Walter Willet, MD, PhD, is the head of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and arguably the most respected nutrition researcher in the country. Here's what he says...

"The relationship of fat intake to health is one of the areas that we have examined in detail over the last 20 years. We have found virtually no relationship between the percentage of calories from fat and any important health outcome."

Did you hear that? Percentage of fat in the diet is related to... exactly nothing. Not the risk for diabetes, not the risk for cancer, not the risk for heart disease and not even the risk for obesity!

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