When you hear something enough, you start to believe it. Even if there’s a voice inside of your bulbous head screaming at you not to believe the obviously false BS you’re somehow conning yourself into believing. Case in point — our palms are not hairy and we have not gone blind. (You were wrong, Monsignor McHugh!)
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Still, some myths simply refuse to go away no matter how many times they’re debunked. And weight loss has more than a few whoppers out there. (Pun unintentional, we swear.) So as you ready to display your summer body at the nude beach, keep in mind these five weight-loss myths …
#1. RAPID WEIGHT LOSS IS A TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD THING
Crash diets are bad because they can lead to nutritional deficiencies and mess with your sunny disposition. But rapid weight loss doesn’t have to be unhealthy. “As long as you aren’t starving yourself and you’re taking in an adequate amount of protein, eating 10 servings of veggies a day, and taking in the right kind of fat you’ll not only lose weight fast, but you’ll be healthier, too,” says Lisa Lynn, a specialist in metabolic disorders and the author of The Metabolism Solution.
Lynn also points out that when you can see results happen quickly you’re less likely to ditch the program. “The secret lies in knowing exactly what your body needs to stay healthy, as well as eating quality foods.”
And no, the “quality foods” list does not include Choco Tacos or deep fried lard balls.