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The following are myths regarding obesity and weight loss…
…each of which is commonly thought to be experimental and/or evidence based:
Myth: Small sustained changes in energy intake or expenditure will produce large,
long-term weight changes.
Truth: The 3500 kcal intake or expended equates to a 1 lb weight loss or gain was
derived from very low-energy diets.
Myth: Setting realistic goals for weight loss is important, because otherwise,
patients will become frustrated and lose less weight.
Truth: In fact, the reverse may be true.
Myth: Large, rapid weight loss is associated with poorer long-term weight-loss
outcomes, as compared with slow, gradual weight loss.
Truth: In fact a recommendation to lose weight more slowly might interfere with the
ultimate success of weight-loss efforts.
Myth: It is important to assess the stage of change or diet readiness in order to help
patients who request weight-loss treatment.
Truth: Readiness does not predict the magnitude of weight loss or treatment
adherence among persons who sign up for behavioral programs or who undergo
Myth: Physical education classes, in their current form, play an important role in
reducing or preventing childhood obesity.
Truth: The level required may not be achievable.
Myth: Sexual intercourse burns 100-300 kcal.
Truth: It is actually about 21 kcal in a man in his mid-30s.
The following are facts about obesity:
1. Heritability is not destiny; moderate environmental changes can promote as much
weight loss as the most efficacious pharmaceutical agents available.
2. Diets (i.e., reduced energy intake) very effectively reduce weight, but trying to go
on a diet or recommending that someone go on a diet generally does not work well
in the long-term.
3. Regardless of body weight or weight loss, an increased level of exercise