This list refers to clinical obesity, and the most occurred myths that you need to stop believing.


This list of commonly held but scientifically unproven presumptions about obesity shape our public policy and public health recommendations.

  1. Small sustained changes in energy intake or expenditure will produce large, long-term weight changes

Studies have shown that individual variability affects changes in body composition, and long-terms goals may take even longer depending on the quality of calories you’re taking. For example: 3,500 calories per week of snacks looks a lot different on your body than 3,500 calories of fresh fruits and veggies.

  1. Setting realistic goals for weight loss is important, because otherwise patients will become frustrated and lose less weight.

Empirical research indicating a negative association between ambitious goals and actual weight loss. Tailor your goals to how you personally work best. Pick a date in the near future and work toward small changes within a short- or medium-term goal. If that works for you, then why not?

  1. It is important to assess the stage of change or diet readiness in order to help patients who request weight-loss treatment.

Research says readiness does not predict the magnitude or effectiveness of a weight-loss treatment. People who voluntarily choose to enter a weight loss program are, by definition, ready to begin changes now.The stages of change model is used as a scale to assess where an individual rates themselves in terms of being ready to make a change. You may be thinking about making a change, preparing to make a change, or full-on ready to make a change today.

  1. Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Will Result in Weight Loss Regardless of Any Other Changes to One’s Behavior or Environment

Eating green, fresh foods has wonderful health benefits. However, when no other accompanying change exists, weight gain may still occur. So don’t expect that to be able to fitinto your future skinny jeans without making any complementary changes, like: biking to work, drinking less soda, and getting more rest, and you will be sure to see results.

  1. Snacking Contributes to Weight Gain and Obesity

Some people do great with a few small meals throughout the day; it is said to stabilize blood sugar and keep energy up, especially if you are very active. Many people, however, snack too often and still have three large meals per day. Try sticking to three well-balanced meals and minimizing snacking in between. These few hours between meals is shown to be so restorative for your digestive system that it will promote more efficient metabolization of future meals the rest of the day.

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