Following These 8 Diet Myths is Making You Fat

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Believing that these rumors are rules is actually widening your waistline.

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Dana Leigh Smith
June 13, 2018

Nothing is more frustrating than stepping on the scale and seeing that the needle hasn’t budged—not even a little bit.

This holds especially true when it feels like you’ve been religiously following every diet tip in the book. But when it comes to diet and rapid weight loss, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around, so you may not be making progress simply because you’ve been following bad advice. (Cue the facepalm.)

There’s good news, though: You’ve already proven to yourself that you have great willpower and determination; all you have to do is shift that energy to weight loss tips that actually have backing instead of following diet myths that are just keeping you fat and frustrated. Here, we reveal the most pervasive diet rumors that you need to stop following—stat!


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Reality Check: Unfortunately, a half hour trot on the treadmill isn’t going to help you lose weight if you reward yourself by downing a few slices of cake and an order of French fries. We know the treadmill told you that you burned off 500 calories, but those estimated machine readouts are not at all accurate—sorry! And even if you did burn 500 calories over the course of an hour, that can all be undone in a matter of minutes: Consume just two slices of Domino’s Deluxe Hand Tossed Large Pizza, and you’ve consumed 640 calories and 26 grams of fat. The bottom line: It’s near impossible to out-exercise a bad diet unless you plan to spend half your day in the gym. You must workout and eat smart to see results.

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