Diet Myths That Doctors Warn About

By Nina Wallace

When it comes to dieting, there are many different myths that abound with dieting. These include but are not limited to liposuction risk, recovery, safe diets for weight loss and others. When you are looking at a diet one thing you need to do is check it against your common sense. If it sounds too good to be true, then usually it is. The same will also go when it comes to medicines and supplements for weight loss. While one pervading myth about taking these is basically “This is all I need to do to lose weight”, this is far from the truth.

When taking medicines or supplements, medical supervision is an excellent idea. Also when losing weight you need to have exercise and diet also included in a safe weight loss plan. The reason for medical supervision is if you are taking medications some supplements and diet medications will contradict your other medications. Another myth is that crash dieting can help you lose weight. Crash or starvation diets work short term but they do major damage to the body. It is unwise to use these for permanent weight loss. Another problem can come in with diet plans.

Some diet plans are not safe to use. Most people tend to believe that any diet plan is safe. That is a myth. Many popular diets and fad diets are dangerous because they are unbalanced. To lose weight, you have to eat healthy, cut calories, exercise and get plenty of hydration. Liquid diets also are a dangerous diet to work with. Protein and other nutrients are not available with diets such as the lemonade diet. Even medical procedures used to help those that are morbidly obese are not safe from myths. Liposuction and lap banding have a lot of myths towards their use.

Specifically when it comes to liposuction risk and liposuction recovery, there are plenty of myths surrounding this procedure. Many fail to realize that they have to change their way of eating and there are risks involved. Most of the time these risks are negligible, however things do occur. Liposuction is safe when done in the hands of a qualified professional. It can take up to eight weeks depending on procedures for you to heal. While there are risks involved with any medical procedure such as fluid imbalance, muscle spasms, burns or pain and discomfort they are limited in scope for most patients.

Take the time and use common sense when researching diets, diet aids, supplements and surgical procedures. If it fails the common sense test, then avoid it. Many people buy into advertising that is not always truthful and can suffer serious consequences as a result. The diet industry is a high profit industry that makes money off people who want to lose weight. Researching your options and debunking dieting myths can help you to find the right solution for the problem of losing weight. There is no one size fits all solution for weight loss in America.

Cookie cutter diets, programs and medical procedures cannot treat all weight loss the same. It has to be taken on an individual by individual basis. No two people will lose weight the same nor react the same to surgical intervention. Only a doctor can give you the right advice here.


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    Sonya Morris says:

    I have never been overweight but even I have fallen into the trap of thinking I needed to lose a few pounds.

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    Sonya Morris says:

    I have always been tempted by try the fad diets, but I have noticed that my friends lose the weight temporarily. Plus, I like to eat! So the cabbage diet, Special K, and gluten free probably would not fit my lifestyle!

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    Jennifer Young says:

    I am very lucky in that I have never had to any sort of serious dieting. Cutting back on junk food and working out a little works well for me. However, I have MANY friends and family members that swear by fad diets. The thing is, they lose the weight and think it’s great, but then gain it all back again in a very short time period!

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    I think you’re totally right. The best diet isn’t a diet at all – it’s a lifestyle change that incorporates healthy foods with proper portion sizes and regular exercise. Like all fads, fad diets are temporary (the weight usually comes right back on at a later time).

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    I think the only surefire, safe, method is to eat right and exercise! Fad diets are just that, fads, and anyone trying one should know that there are risks.

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    Janet W. says:

    You really have to be careful and not just start doing something to lose weight because a company says so and that it will work. They are just trying to make money off the latest fad. Be careful and lose weight the old fashion way… eating healthy and exercise!

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    It’s so sad that we have such a mix in our country of people that are extremely overweight ( I know some aer so because of things other than FOOD) and then the ones that fall into the diet traps and become saddled with eating disorders. (I became one of those stats when younger). Food should be about something to feed your body, to enjoy, but not to consume US instead of the other way around. I wish we could get away with all this special “DIET” stuff and just eat. Exercise used to be from hard work and so many of us cant’ do that now. Work is sedentary, stressful, and there is not enough time in the day.

    I am thankful for posts like this that steer people away from the pits of despair and in desperation reach out for silly quick fixes. Good job for exposing some of this!

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    Thanks for the info! I’m trying my best to get to a healthy weight for my kids and my future.

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    In the end, for me it comes down to portion sizes, healthier food options, and getting active. I’ve struggled with weight most of my life. I’m currently down over 20 lbs and hope to continue losing (I’d like to lose about 40 more lbs to put myself in the “normal” range for my size).

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    I agree that you need to have common sense when it comes to looking at diet trends. A pill that promises you take it and will lose 10 pounds by the end of the week without exercise is just not realistic. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s all about making healthy lifestyle choices and combining good nutrition and exercise.

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