Many overeaters cling to diet myths and superstitions about food and weight. Ironically, this distorted, unrealistic way of thinking often leads to behaviors that actually keep the weight on.
- “If I starve or skip meals, I’ll lose more weight.”
Fact: Metabolism slows down because your body has an instinctive survival mechanism and thinks it is in starvation mode. Skipping meals also leads to a greater preoccupation with food.
- “Laxatives, diuretics, and vomiting will speed weight loss.”
Fact: While these quick-fix methods of purging temporarily reduce water weight, all three are extremely dangerous and do not result in calorie reductions.