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6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow)

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6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow)


On the surface, weight loss and weight gain seem like pretty obvious results of certain behaviors. Eat more than you burn, and you’ll gain weight; eat less, and you’ll lose it. If only life were that simple! As any struggling dieter will tell you, the truth is a lot more complicated than that. Much of the problem? Many of us misunderstand the science behind weight loss and gain. Click through to check out some of the biggest myths about weight gain and loss.

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1. Myth: If You’re Overweight, You’re Unhealthy.

Reality: Packed on a few pounds? You’re not necessarily sending yourself to an early grave. Despite what many of us believe, if you’re fat, you’re not automatically unhealthy. There are healthy fat people and unhealthy thin people, and vice versa. Taken on its own, a person’s weight has nothing to do with how healthy they are.

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2. Myth: Eating Spicy Will Boost Your Metabolism.

Reality: Don’t believe the hype. Spicy foods do not really boost your metabolism in any meaningful, measurable way. That’s not to say that eating well won’t boost your metabolism — healthy, balanced diets with plenty of protein certainly will.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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8:15PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

ty for the info

6:09PM PST on Nov 11, 2013


11:51AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013


5:48PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

This is a great list. I know I have heard some of these before.

9:08AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

well said, Heather :-)

8:55AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Great! Thanks for posting.

10:09PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

What lovely big pictures on each short page ????

2:34PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

3500 calories = 1 pound fat is in a calorimeter, which is essentially a bunsen burner.

Each person digests food slightly differently, and few foods are digested in their entirety, especially those that are fiber laden. If there was only a better way to measure the digested effective caloric content of food, counting calories would be more meaningful.

2:52PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Good info. Thank you.

2:49PM PDT on Oct 10, 2013

Healthy behaviors are a much better indicator of general health than any specific number on a scale. Eat a varied diet, get regular sleep, keep yourself hydrated, and move your body in ways it enjoys. Your weight may go down, or it may go up, or it may stay roughly the same... but you'll be in better health than you would if you starve yourself to be thin.

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