Weight loss supplements – Published comprehensive, authoritative reviews on weight loss supplements have shown they are NOT EFFECTIVE. At a minimum you are wasting your money. At the worst you are exposing yourself to potential adverse side effects and in very rare cases, even death.
Drastic dietary changes – Studies prove that only permanent, sensible changes in diet work for sustainable weight loss.
Exercising without altering what you eat – Although exercise has glorious health benefits and can enhance the effects of dietary changes for trimming down, there is not a shred of evidence that exercise on its own leads to long term weight loss.
Rapid weight loss – One of the well-documented and highly undesirable pitfalls of losing weight is loss of muscle mass. While even gradual and modest weight loss often leads to loss of some muscle, drastic and rapid weight loss is a virtual guarantee for significant muscle wasting – horrors! Aim for ½ to 2 pounds a week and be sure to eat your protein and engage in resistance exercise as you cut back on your calories to prevent loss of your precious lean body mass.