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6 Myths About Weight Gain (Slideshow)

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3. Myth: Yo-Yo Dieting Will Ruin Your Metabolism Forever.

Reality: As bad as yo-yo dieting is, luckily, it’s not going to permanently ruin your metabolism. That’s not to say that yo-yo dieting is healthy — it’s certainly not — but that, with hard work, you can repair your metabolism to its normal rate.

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4. Myth: Eat an Extra 3,500 Calories, and You’ll Gain 1 Pound of Fat.

Reality: Doctors have long touted the idea that 3,500 calories equals one pound of body fat. So, in order to lose one pound of fat a week, you need to eat 500 fewer calories a day. Keep doing that for a year, and you’ll drop over 50 pounds. Sounds great, doesn’t it? If only it were that simple. For one, the human body is hardwired to protect itself against famine, so it’s going to do everything in its nature to prevent weight loss. Your weight also fluctuates considerably based on the time of the day, how much water you’ve had, where you are in your menstrual cycle, hormones, etc.

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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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10:00PM PDT on Jun 23, 2014

Thank You

8:15PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

ty for the info

6:09PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

intriguing

11:51AM PDT on Nov 2, 2013

thanks!

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.

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