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10 Common Weight Loss Myths and options for weight loss without surgery in Dallas-Fort Worth

Dr. Divya Javvaji, MD
Prime MD Plus

The pandemic has kept us back at home, and all that time at home with loved ones has caused us to gain lots of weight.

But now that the pandemic is becoming part and parcel of our daily lives, weight loss is cropping up in everyone's minds.

Maintaining a healthy weight is important. But if you come across weight loss and nutrition myths on the web, you will find many that promise to make you slimmer.

Not all of them work, though.

Here is a quick look at 10 weight loss myths that you should never believe if you want to lose weight:

Myth #1

Eating fatty foods makes you fat. Fat in the food contains more calories per gram than food that has more protein and carbohydrates.

Well, that might be the reason why this myth exists. The reality is that fat helps you stay full for a longer time, so you end up eating fewer calories overall.

The healthy and unsaturated fat contained in nuts and avocados, for example, can keep you full and aid in weight loss.

Myth #2

All calories are the same. How many calories you need every day is an important factor in your weight loss.

But the same is true for the types of calories that you eat. A balanced combination of calories from the right quantity of protein, carbohydrates, and fat can help your body function optimally and promote weight loss.

Myth #3

Midnight snacking

Midnight snacking will not lead to weight gain. While it is important to complete your dinner by 8 PM, it could be a struggle for you if you often feel hungry.

You might be diligently following the rulebook for weight loss, but you are snacking in the middle of the night.

You must focus on having a well-balanced meal for dinner. Have lots of fiber, and that will keep you full. If you have a good night’s sleep and eat high protein and fiber foods, you won’t need to snack in the middle of the night.

Myth #4


Carbs cause weight gain. Carbs are important for maintaining a healthy diet. Just like fat, carbohydrates are important for you too, but in moderation.

Carbs are the main source of energy for your body. They are also crucial in regulating your digestive tract. There are two types of carbohydrates — complex and simple. Processed food is considered a simple carbohydrate.

They raise your sugar levels quickly and can lead to weight gain. Complex carbohydrates are usually found in nutrient-rich food like beans, oats, whole grains, and legumes.

Complex carbs increase your blood sugar levels more slowly and keep you fuller for a longer period and won't cause significant weight gain if eaten in moderation.

Myth #5

Eat junk food and exercise hard to get rid of excess calories. While exercising is important for losing weight, it doesn’t mean you can eat high-calorie foods and lose weight with more intense or frequent workouts.

It is difficult to overcome the bad effects of poor food intake with a workout since you can only burn a certain amount of calories at any given time.

Instead, junk food can negatively impact your hormone secretion, make you sluggish, and decrease the chances of working out.

Myth #6

Skipping breakfast can aid in weight loss. One of the most common weight loss myths is skipping breakfast can aid in weight loss.

If you are consuming too many calories you will gain weight whether or not you are skipping breakfast.

Eating breakfast can actually help in curbing your appetite for the rest of the day and help promote weight loss in the long run.

Myth #7

Health supplements

Health supplements are great for weight loss. A lot of supplements on the web claim to help you in losing weight. But there is no scientific data to support their claims.

Supplements are also not regulated by the FDA and are generally not recommended by doctors and dieticians.

Myth #8

Avoid gluten to lose weight. Gluten is a protein type that is found in certain grains like rye and wheat. It is available in many healthy foods and is not dangerous for you unless you have celiac disease.

Many products that claim to be gluten-free contain a lot of added sugar to add taste to the food. The added sugar can impact you negatively and cause weight gain.

Myth #9

Healthy tasty food

Tasty food is often unhealthy. When it comes to weight loss, healthy food is a must-have. And healthy food does not have to be bland. It can be tasty too. Lean proteins and nuts and low-fat dairy products are all tasty choices for weight loss.

There are lots of healthy and delicious recipes available all over the web. If you are unsure about tasty and healthy diets, you can check them out.

Myth #10

Only do cardio exercises for burning excess calories. Running and cycling and other cardio exercises do help you burn calories.

But those are not the only exercises that can help you lose weight. Working out on core strength training is also good for burning excess calories.

You can work on resistance training which will also help you in getting a toned body. Build your muscles and fire up your metabolic rate. A better metabolism rate also means you are burning fat faster.

Besides, doing weight training can also improve your bone health and improve your posture and reduce backaches when done correctly.

When diet and exercise aren't cutting it

If you've been struggling to lose weight through diet and exercise, you're not alone.

In fact, many people find that they need a little extra help in order to reach their weight loss goals.

If this is the case for you, a medical weight loss program can give you the boost you need.

These programs often involve making lifestyle changes and may even include bariatric surgery.

Weight loss surgery is an effective way to help people lose a significant amount of weight but this should be done as a last resort after other non-surgical options have been tried.

Options for non-surgical weight loss

When it comes to weight loss, there are a variety of options available.

For those who are looking to lose weight without surgery, medical weight loss programs are a great option.

These programs typically involve using prescription weight loss medications like Saxenda, Wegovy, and Mounjaro to achieve weight loss rapidly.

There are also non-invasive weight loss procedures like Emsculpt NEO which helps to burn fat and build muscle.

If you are considering surgical weight loss options, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

First, surgical options should always be considered as a last resort.

Second, the main types of surgical procedures are gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery.

These procedures can be very effective, but they also come with a number of risks and side effects.

How Prime MD Plus can help

Prime MD Plus

Prime MD Plus can help you on your weight loss journey in a number of ways.

First, we can provide medication options for weight loss that can help you achieve rapid weight loss.

Second, we can provide non-medication weight loss with Emsculpt NEO.

And third, we will support you every step of the way, providing resources and advice to help you make the most of your weight loss journey.

Prime MD Plus is committed to helping you reach your weight loss goals, and we hope that you will consider us as you begin your journey.


There are several weight loss myths, and when you are desperate to lose weight, you tend to believe all that you read online.

However, not all of them are true, and they may be of little benefit to you.

Now that lots of weight loss myths have been debunked, hopefully, you understand some of the weight loss myths out there.

When diet and exercise are not cutting it, see a doctor who can help with medical weight loss.

Also, consider the new Emsculpt NEO platform, which can help you burn fat, build muscle, and improve your core quickly without surgery or medication.

Prime MD Plus provides you with professional medical treatment in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for weight loss non-invasively, with or without medication.

To learn more about losing weight effectively and the conditions we treat, check out primemdplus.com to schedule an appointment.

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