An estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year. Yet, nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese. As we’re bombarded with weight loss advice from family, friends, and Facebook, it’s hard to know what works and what doesn’t. We’ll break it down and separate fact from fiction.
Can skipping breakfast make you lose weight? No! A study of more than 300 participants found that eating breakfast or not eating breakfast did not really have much of an effect on weight.
What about if you drank your calories instead of consuming whole foods? No again! A juice-only diet does not contain enough fiber to make you feel full, so you may overeat on unhealthy foods.
What about all the trendy diets like keto, Atkins, and paleo? Can they really make you lose weight and keep it off? A study out of Europe found that even though some people were able to lose weight short-term on a diet, 85% of dieters end up gaining back the weight within a year.
And finally, our last myth: you have to lose a lot of weight to see health changes. The American Diabetes Association found that you only need to lose 10% of your body weight to lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease.
A study out of the University of Colorado at Boulder found that air pollution can contribute to weight gain. They found that the pollutant greatly affects the bacterial make-up of the gut, which can increase the risk for several health conditions, including diabetes and obesity.