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5 Weight Loss Myths from The Doctors: Extreme Weight Loss

Trainers Heidi and Chris Powell want to set the record straight on these common weight loss myths.

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1. Avoid eating after 6pm – Weight Loss Myth

According to The Doctors: Extreme Weight Loss trainers Heidi and Chris Powell, eating after 6pm is fine as long as you don’t go into that red zone of eating unhealthy food – chips, ice cream, etc. Try to go for things that are high in protein and healthy fats like a protein bar or a shake, or a healthy sweet treat like frozen grapes.

These 8 healthy snacks are perfect if you’re busy.

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2. Sex is as good for weight loss as going to the gym – Myth

This one’s a total weight loss myth. The average session lasts only about six minutes and has been proven to only burn about 21-30 calories, so it’s not going to make much of a dent.

That doesn’t mean sex isn’t good for you! Here are 14 simple ways to have better sex.

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3. Diet is more important than exercise – Reality

It really is true that abs are made in the kitchen, and you can’t out-exercise a bad diet.

Here’s everything you need to know about the science between calories and weight loss.

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4. Potatoes make you fat – Myth

Potatoes are not bad for you! If they are loaded up with cheese and butter and then deep fried then yes, they will make you fat. But if you bake a potato and crack a little sea salt and maybe some ketchup you are getting the same craving fulfilled, it’s just a lot better for you.

Try this Pistachio-Crusted Salmon with Herbed Mini Potatoes.

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5. Gaining a few pounds at the start of a diet and exercise regimen means it’s not working – Myth

People start to freak out when they start a diet and exercise program and their clothes feel a little tight. But it’s totally normal! When you start working out you are breaking microfibres of your muscles down and anytime you are breaking down those microfibres your body is going to swell. Focus on waist size, how your jeans fit, the way you feel, how much stronger you are in the gym – those are signs you are on the right track.

Check out these amazing abs strenthening workouts that don’t involve crunches or planks!