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7 Outdated Ideas About How to Maintain a Healthy Weight

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Cutting too many calories

One of the most common myths is thinking: Cut calories, lose weight. This is the most basic weight loss advice, but eating too little can actually slow your metabolism, causing the pounds to creep back on. Even if youre restricting calories healthfully, its hard to meet all your nutritional needs when you go too low, says registered dietitian Samantha Heller, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health. Its a trap she says shes seen experts fall into, thinking that an extreme weight loss program may help get me kick-started.

Solution: Dont fall for big gimmicks. Depending on your size, activity level, and other factors, dipping below 1,200 calories a day isnt a good idea for long-term weight loss. (Also, these “zero calorie” foods aren’t really zero calories.)

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