Debunking Dieting Myths

With the holidays just around the corner, many of us who are less than happy with our current appearance are thinking about ways to look and feel great in time for the all of the end-of-the-year festivities. If you’re hoping to slim down by the holidays by following a strict diet, Dr. Sandra Margoles wants to help. Here, the trusted Greenwich plastic surgeon dispels common dieting myths that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

Myth #1: Crash diets work.

While crash diets may help you lose weight initially, they rarely produce long-term weight loss. This is because you are more likely to regain the weight you lost once you resume your regular eating habits. What’s more, crash diets can be dangerous, as they may cause you to miss out on important nutrients. Instead of following a strict crash diet to lose weight quickly, focus on practicing healthy eating habits long-term (e.g., portion control, cutting out processed foods and refined sugars), which can help you lose weight in a safe and gradual manner.

Myth #2: As long as I eat healthy foods, I can eat as much as I want.

Swapping unhealthy foods for healthier options is a great start for losing weight. However, you will still need to avoid overeating. While nuts and olive oil are healthier than potato chips and butter, they are not calorie-free and should be enjoyed in moderation. Always read nutrition labels for all foods and pay attention to serving sizes and calorie counts.

Myth #3: Skipping meals saves calories.

Skipping meals may seem like a surefire way to avoid calories and weight gain, but research shows this is not always true. Fasting can make you feel tired and hungry sooner; and because you are lacking calories, you are more likely to crave high-fat and high-calorie snacks. Or, you may be tempted to compensate with bigger meals the next time you eat. Instead of skipping meals altogether, focus on portion control, so you can get the nutrients your body needs while avoiding overeating.

Still Struggling with Unwanted Fat?

If you are exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced diet, but are still seeing noticeable pockets of fat, it may be time to consider liposuction. Liposuction is a safe and proven way to remove fatty deposits that are resistant to weight loss efforts. If you are also bothered by excess skin, Dr. Margoles may recommend combining liposuction with another procedure like tummy tuck or body lift, which remove loose skin to create firmer and more attractive body contours. To learn more about the body contouring procedures Dr. Margoles offers, please schedule an appointment. Contact her Greenwich plastic surgery practice by calling (203) 869-2939 or emailing us today.

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