The Worst Diet Myths

A smiling woman holding a scale and an apple( – You dream of one day fitting into that new dress or those new pants that you bought a couple sizes too small, figuring it would give you the incentive to lose those extra pounds. But that was a year ago! What happened? You may have been lured in by one of five convincing, yet untrue, weight loss myths that are just a little too tough to live up to. Here’s the truth about them:

Myth 1: Your Ideal Weight Is What You Weighed Twenty Years Ago

If you’re hoping to get back to what you weighed a year or two ago, that’s fine. There’s a chance you really might get close to that weight again. But if we’re talking 15 or 20 years ago, you might want to reconsider. Many people put on weight as they get older. And no matter how hard they try, they have a tough time being as active as they might have been in their early twenties. Don’t live in the past. Set a weight-loss goal that’s appropriate for the way you live now.

Myth 2: Your Ideal Weight Is the Number Listed On a Standard Height and Weight Chart.

True, height and weight are often related. Taller people weigh more than shorter ones, in general. But many other factors play a role in determining what you weigh. For example: