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11 Dieting Truths You May Not Want to Hear

10. Maybe you donít need to lose weight.
Some feel that the medical problems associated with excess weight are exaggerated. Gina Kolata, a New York Times science writer questions the notion that thin is a realistic or necessary objective for most. In her book, Rethinking Thin, she asserts that weight loss is an unachievable goal for many, and that losing weight isnít so much about health as it is about money, trends, and impossible ideals. Recent research also challenges the idea that being overweight is bad. A study in JAMA found that being twenty-five pounds overweight did not increase the risk of heart disease and cancer, and may even help stave off infections.

Itís true that people can be fit and healthy and not necessarily be thin, just as itís true that thin people may not necessarily be healthy. Good health, rather than weight, should be our focus, but too often, itís not. Striving for an unhealthy level of thinness may be detrimental to our health, but understanding the health repercussions of obesity is also critical.

11. This is not a diet; this is your life.
The diet industry would have us all think that we can lose weight fast, and thatís that. But most people who maintain their weight understand that eating and exercising are not temporary conditions, to be dumped once a pair of jeans fit. Instead, they are lifestyle choices, and ones we should make for the long haul.

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10:20AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

Great article,Thanks for sharing

11:29AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

thank you (:

8:07AM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thank you.

9:56PM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thanks

10:08AM PDT on Apr 26, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:02AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

wow interesting thanks

3:07AM PDT on Sep 28, 2012

well written article, i like how the various areas are dissected properly.

8:09AM PDT on May 4, 2011

NO matter what they say I will still reduce my carbo consumption.

6:55PM PST on Jan 15, 2011

Great article!

7:41PM PDT on Sep 15, 2010

Number 10 is my favorite. According to my height and numerous different BMI calculaters (as well as my doctor) I'm supposed to weigh no more than 100 pounds. I'm not going to weigh the same thing I did when I was 10, regardless of the fact that I haven't grown more than an inch. I'm focusing on how I feel, not how the scale feels. Thats the easiest way to convince me that, no, I do NOT need those chips, and yes, I really do need to go for that walk.

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