4 Myths On How To Lose Weight Fast

Diet is a good choice in making weight loss program. However, a strict diet and rapid weight loss is a very big mistake. Weight loss program that promises the benefits of tight indeed tempting, but the short-term benefits are an illusion, and long-term profitability is not there.

Although the appeal is obvious for those who know, too many so-called experts in the weight loss industry is still spreading rumors about how to lose weight fast. The most common are:

Myth 1: Fat Can Be Spot Reduced

At the core of many weight loss programs is the notion that you can remove fat from specific areas of your body, especially around the middle, legs, or arms. Recommendations may include ab machines, diet pills, packaged diet foods, or even lotions or gels.

The truth is that spot reducing is not possible, unless you are willing to have it sliced off or sucked out by surgery. The biggest offenders in perpetuating this myth are manufacturers of all those ab machines, dozens of them, and the celebrities who are hired to endorse them. They don't work! You do not exercise fat!

Myth 2: Cardiovascular Exercise is the Answer

Cardiovascular exercise may have its benefits. However, it is not one of the best exercises to lose belly fat. In fact, research shows that just the opposite can happen - i.e., typical cardiovascular exercise can lead to fat gain. Go ahead and do your obligatory hour on an exercise bike, treadmill, or stair master three times a week. Just don't expect this traditional 'long slow torture' approach to help you lose weight. The main outcomes of such cardiovascular exercise are to accelerate your body's inflammation load (NOT a good thing) and to speed up your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). A higher BMR just means that you have to eat more to meet your body's daily energy needs.

Myth 3: Crash Diets Work for Long-Term Weight Loss

By now I would hope that everyone knows that this is a myth. Unfortunately, way too many people are still of the mindset that all you have to do for quick weight loss is to starve yourself. You know the old (incorrect!) adage: eat less to lose weight. The logical extension is: eat a lot less, lose more weight. This concept ignores so many important components of long-term weight management -- food quality, hormone balance, age and health status, and many more -- that it is patently ridiculous.

The only things that you will accomplish by crash dieting are lowering your BMR, being hungry all the time, and losing lean body mass and water weight. Health problems are sure to follow.

Myth 4: Homeopathic HCG Drives Fast Weight Loss

HCG (human chorionic gonatropin) is the hormone-driven weight loss protocol developed by Dr. A.T.W. Simeons in the 1950s. The hCG diet plan has been well-established through tens of thousands of clinical case histories as well as through recent scientific research.

Unfortunately, a few years ago scurrilous marketers invented something called 'homeopathic hCG' to capitalize on the success of the real hCG protocol for weight loss. The problem is that homeopathic hCG contains little or no hormone. The FDA finally took notice of this fake-product phenomenon and started sending cease and desist letters to online companies that were selling homeopathic hCG.

The FDA does not have enough staffing to keep up with all of the websites that sell homeopathic hCG, meaning that dozens of them are still operating. This is certainly a 'Buyer Beware' industry.

What to Do That Works

Finding what works for you regarding weight loss -- actually, fat loss -- should be an ongoing discovery process. Many components of your daily life contribute to your weight management, including what you eat, your exercise program, your stress management (including quality of sleep), your supplemental nutrition, and your hormone balance (not just estrogen or testosterone). You can take a look at good strategies for long-term healthy weight management in a short book that I wrote to get you started. I don't charge for it, so go ahead and see what it is about, and get your free copy, here: Belly Fat Book. I think this is a good starting point, although I might be biased since I wrote it!
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