Now that several of us have enjoyed that double-helping of pumpkin pie (following the turducken, cornbread, stuffing, cranberries, and ham), all we can think about is getting back onto our dietary plan. After all, its just a month until Christmas and the season’s festivities are just beginning … so how can we effectively shed a few pounds? Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in anti-aging medicine, shares,“People are dealing with dieting information overload. It is hard to know what is sound weight loss advice and what is a myth.” Here he sets the record straight on some of the most common dietary myths.
MYTH: YOU CAN EAT ANYTHING IF YOU EXERCISE Unfortunately, a half hour on the treadmill isn’t going to help you lose weight if you reward yourself by downing a few slices of cake and an order of French fries. While treadmill indicated that you that you burned 500 calories, those estimates are not always accurate. “It’s nearly impossible to out-exercise a bad diet unless you plan to spend half your day in the gym,” explains Dr. Calapai. “You must workout and eat smart to see results.
MYTH: YOU CAN LOSE TEN POUNDS IN TWO WEEKS “You probably can lose ten pounds in two weeks if you crash-diet, but that pace is rarely sustainable,” warns Dr. Calapai. Most of the weight will return once you start eating normally. To truly lose one pound, one needs to “eliminate” 3,500 calories—the amount stored in a pound of fat—by eating less and moving more. Realistically, if one cuts 500 calories (or 300 and burns 200 through exercise) every single day of the week, she will lose about a pound a week.
MYTH: DON’T EAT AFTER 8PM It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat. According to Dr. Calapai, “It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.” No matter when one eats, the body will store extra calories as fat. “If you want a snack before bedtime, think first about how many calories you’ve eaten that day,” he suggests. Read more of this story »