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.