With so much information on the internet, we’ve decided it would be a good idea to bust some common weight loss myths you’ve might have read about.

1). Thin people have a much faster metabolism compared to others.

Not true at all. This is one of the most common weight loss myths around. It’s not that their metabolism is inherently faster, it’s that they’re doing something different to boost their metabolism. And contrary to popular belief, it’s not eating less. In fact, less overall body mass typically means a lower metabolism because there is less tissue for nutrients to allocate to. The reality is the resting metabolic rate (RMR) is not much different they anyone else’s. The team at MedShape Weight Loss clinics have worked with thousands of individuals from all walks of life and understand what it takes to ramp up your metabolism and turn your body into a fat burning machine.

2). Eat spicy foods to lose weight.

This isn’t true, but it’s not exactly false either. Many common “fad” diet pills use ingredients from spicy foods like peppers because it helps support their research. While it’s true these foods can elevate body temperature slightly, which may increase metabolism in briefly increments, it’s simply not enough to cause any type of significant changes and will not aid help with weight loss. So some of these “quick fix” diet pills “boost” your metabolism? Well yes, but not enough to cause any weight loss and certainly not enough to justify the price.

3) “Take this food/pill/drink and it will boost your metabolism!”

We hate to break the news to you, but these types of statements are fool’s gold. The reality is these types of “pills” don’t exist. True, healthy, rapid weight loss can really only be achieved by employing a combination of different strategies. And even then there isn’t a “one-size fits all” solution. Every individual is different and therefore true, long-term weight loss is best achieved under the guidance of an experienced weight loss professional.

4) Drinking coffee will help you lose weight.

Talk to enough people and eventually someone will bring this weight loss myth into conversation. The prevailing thought here is the caffeine in coffee acts as an appetite suppressant and a metabolism booster. While it is true coffee does suppress your appetite temporarily, the effects pass fairly quickly. Also drinking too much coffee can lead to anxiety and sleeplessness, which are counterproductive to any weight loss efforts. While we don’t recommend drinking coffee, we do understand a morning boost is necessary for some of us sleepy heads. If you’re going to have a morning cup of Joe, keep it black with no cream or sugar.

5) To lose weight you must drastically reduce your food intake and cut calories.

Not true. The reality is this method of unhealthy weight loss may result in your body dropping a couple of LBS, but it not going to be happy about it. Your body is extremely effective at doing one thing well, and that’s surviving. Eating only 500-800 calories a day will trigger your body’s defenses and it will start storing fat, which is absolutely counter-productive to sustainable weight loss. The MedShape program is not a starvation program, in fact we strongly recommend not using any of these types of “diets” to lose weight. We believe to effectively increase the body’s metabolism you need to “feed the furnace” and turn it into a fat burning machine, not starve it.

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