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Weight Loss Motivation: Secrets to Staying on Track, Part 1. Ten weight loss myths. So much is said about losing weight that it can be hard to sort fact from fiction.

Ten weight loss myths

Here's the truth about 10 common weight loss myths. 1. The Conversation. ? Fat: the facts. We all need some fat in our diet.

Fat: the facts

But too much of a particular kind of fat – saturated fat – can raise our cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. It's important to cut down on fat and choose foods that contain unsaturated fat. But this doesn’t mean that all fat is bad. We need some fat in our diet because it helps the body absorb certain nutrients. Fat is a source of energy as well as some vitamins (such as vitamins A and D), and provides essential fatty acids that the body can’t make itself. Why We Need To Stop Vending Out Obesity  You will have no doubt seen the latest headlines revealing that obesity costs us as much as smoking, and even more than war and terrorism - some pretty scary facts, but, in all honesty, as a weight-loss surgeon dealing with this issue every day, I am not surprised!

Why We Need To Stop Vending Out Obesity 

What does surprise me however, is that we are not doing more to prevent this from becoming worse - and potentially bankrupting the NHS! People have said for years that it should be down to personal responsibility to manage our weight, but the fact is that obesity rates are rising, and we are all paying for the cost of this to the NHS. Our willpower alone simply isn't enough when we are bombarded everywhere we turn with high fat, high sugar, processed foods that do little for our health and add a good deal to our waistlines!

The price we pay for convenience Now I'm not knocking the idea of the vending machine altogether. Parents could add years to children's lives by stopping junk food, says Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver said urgent action is needed to stop childhood obesitySaid teaching children to eat healthily prolongs their life by 11 - 13 yearsChildren are not programmed to reach for fatty and sugary snacks, he saidIt's the job of a good parents to make salads and vegetables appealing Called for a ban on junk food vendors near schools and a tax on sugarComes as world leaders meet in London to discuss how to solve obesity Last week, Canadian researchers warned that obesity knocks 20 years of good health off a person's life and speeds up death by eight years By Madlen Davies for MailOnline Published: 13:02 GMT, 8 December 2014 | Updated: 13:49 GMT, 8 December 2014 Cooking fresh meals instead of letting children eat junk prolongs their life by up to 13 years, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver says Parents who cook fresh meals to prevent their children reaching for junk food can prolong their lives by up to 13 years, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has said.

Parents could add years to children's lives by stopping junk food, says Jamie Oliver

Diet advice from overweight GPs more likely to be ignored, finds survey. Britons are much less likely to follow advice from health professionals such as GPs and nurses if the health professionals are overweight or obese, a new survey shows.

Diet advice from overweight GPs more likely to be ignored, finds survey

Polling commissioned by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that 41% of people would be less likely to take advice about adopting a healthy diet from an NHS member of staff who was carrying extra pounds, while just 17% said they would heed it. Similarly, 48% would be less likely to take advice about exercise and diet from an overweight GP and just fewer than one in 10 – 9% – would heed it. In comparison, 59% would follow such advice if it came from a GP who was not overweight.

Just over half (51%) of the 2,100 adults polled said they would listen to advice from an overweight nurse. 20 tips to eat well for less - eat4cheap. Can you eat healthily and save money?

20 tips to eat well for less - eat4cheap

You bet your bottom dollar you can! Here are 20 tips to help you have your (low-fat) cake and eat it. If cost is discouraging you from trying to make changes to you and your family’s diet then read on: healthy eating doesn’t have to cost more. The NHS Choices Eat4Cheap challenge aims to show you how, equipped with a few simple money-saving tips, you can eat a healthy diet and still save money. Draw up a weekly meal plan, incorporating ingredients you already have, write a shopping list and stick to it. Waste nothing The average family with children throws away almost £60 of good food every month, according to Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW). Eat leftovers for lunch Cooking extra portions for your evening meal so that you can have the leftovers for lunch the next day saves time and money, and can be a healthier option than the traditional "mayo-laden sandwich, crisps and soft drink desk-lunch" option.

Buy frozen. Top diets review for 2015. With so many diet options to choose from, it can be hard to find a weight loss plan to suit you.

Top diets review for 2015

The 5:2 diet is based on a principle known as intermittent fasting (IF) – where you eat normally for five days a week and fast on the other two days. On top of losing weight, fans claim the 5:2 diet can improve lifespan, brain function and protect against conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. However, evidence on the effectiveness of the 5:2 diet is limited when compared to other types of weight loss techniques. Andrew Shanahan launches website to advise men how to lose weight. Andrew Shanahan, 37, was 17st and horrified at the size of his gut Decided to lose weight but found there was almost no help for men 'There is a national scandal when it comes to men and weight loss,' he said66% of men in the UK are overweight or obese - and this may rise to 74%Mr Shanahan launched Man v Fat website to advise other men how to diet By Andrew Shanahan For Man V Fat Published: 13:43 GMT, 19 January 2015 | Updated: 17:22 GMT, 19 January 2015 It's no secret: British men are fat and they are getting fatter.

Andrew Shanahan launches website to advise men how to lose weight

At the moment, 66 per cent of British men are either overweight or obese, and by 2030 it's predicted that this will hit 74 per cent. How can I speed up my metabolism to lose weight? It’s not unusual to hear people blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism.

How can I speed up my metabolism to lose weight?

They’ve cut down on calories and take regular exercise yet they’re still not losing weight. The only other possible diagnosis, they expertly conclude, is a slow metabolism. What is a slow metabolism? How does it affect your weight, and can you do anything to speed it up? Professor James Timmons, a metabolism expert from Loughborough University, gives your metabolism a closer examination. What is metabolism? Metabolism describes all the chemical processes that go on continuously inside the body to keep you alive and your organs functioning normally, such as breathing, repairing cells and digesting food. These chemical processes require energy.

Your BMR accounts for anything between 40% and 70% of your body’s daily energy requirements depending on your age and lifestyle. There are many calculators that work out your daily energy needs available online. How do I choose a healthy weight loss plan? - Health questions. Weight loss plans are only recommended if they: are based on a?

How do I choose a healthy weight loss plan? - Health questions

Healthy, balanced diet? Encourage regular physical activity? Expect you to lose no more than 0.5-1kg (1-2lb) a week.