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Top 10 Diet Myths: Myth 5, Fattening Foods Cause Rapid Weight Gain

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Contrary to popular belief, true weight is gained over an extended period of time. "Cheating" on your diet and having that extra slice of cake, isn't going to pack on the pounds! In fact, a person would have to eat an additional 3,500 calories in order to gain a measly one pound. Now, we all know sometimes those one or two pounds are the hardest to shed; eating a candy bar or piece of pizza isn't going to be your downfall-unless you make a habit of it. So, let's talk about how to control your weight in the long run.

It's All About Exercise!

Working out is the best way to lose weight and keep it off for the long term. Exercising encompasses such a large number of benefits for those trying to lose weight. Your metabolism will increase, as you build muscle you will burn fat as well (this means that you can lose inches, even if the scale doesn't budge). Exercising on a regular basis will curb appetites and alleviate stress on top of everything else. Healthy circulation is promoted with consistent exercise which is great for your heart, muscles, and bones.

Which Exercise Is the Best?

Find an exercise or activity that you can commit to and continue throughout your life. Any type of aerobic activity will burn calories by increasing your heart rate. The longer you exercise aerobically, the more calories you will burn, which means more fat gets burned of your body. Even if you only have 10 minutes a day, that is better than nothing! Working out a mere 10 minutes a day will benefit you in the same way aerobic activity will. Aerobic exercise includes: biking, swimming, jogging, or power walking. If you can manage it, try and work out at least three times a week for about a half hour.

How to KEEP Exercising?

Choosing an exercise or activity you actually enjoy is KEY. If you dread working out or view it as a chore, I can guarantee you won't stick with it. Also, exercising with someone can make a huge difference. This can mean bringing a friend our spouse with you. Many gyms offer group exercise as well, which is a fun option. Either way, make sure you are having fun and feeling good about taking care of yourself and it will make a world of difference.

Change your Eating Habits

This doesn't mean you can't eat the foods you love anymore. It simply means instead of reaching for that chocolate cake, choose something like fruit or nuts. Of course, indulge yourself and eat what you crave but be sure to take into account daily calorie count. If you over-indulge yourself, an extra 5-10 minutes of exercise should do the trick. Don't forget that high in fat foods AREN"T going to kill a diet or change in eating habits, because it would take eating badly over an extended period of time to make a difference. Read on to learn why low-fat foods AREN"T the key to weight loss success.

Sources:

http://exercise.about.com/

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676

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