There’s a lot of misinformation out there, especially when it comes to nutrition and weight loss. Some of these myths can be harmless, but others can negatively impact your weight loss efforts or even cause long-term health complications. Misinformiation is one of the many reasons why medically supervised weight loss is one of the best ways to begin your weight-loss journey and keep the weight off for good.

You have most likely heard the following myths, whether from friends, Pinterest, or your Facebook feed—but think twice before following them. Here are three of the myths we see most often or hear from our patients:

Myth: You need to detox with a juice cleanse.

Fact: There’s little proof that fasting or a deprivation diet delivers any of the health claims that are typically paired with juice cleanses. While an occasional short fast or a one-day juice cleanse may not cause harm for the average healthy person, they can leave you feeling irritable and hungry. Long-term “cleanses” can have negative health effects, however.

One of the claims that often accompany juice cleanses is that they improve your overall health. To really improve your diet through food and feel your best, eat a healthy diet daily. Make sure your meals include plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, and kick your sugar and junk food habits.

Myth: Some foods have negative calories.

Fact: There are no negative-calorie foods. (This shouldn’t stop you from snacking on healthy, low-calorie snacks such as celery or carrots, however.) The faulty logic behind this claim is usually that digesting certain foods burns more calories than those foods provide. This is based on the thermic effect of food, which is the amount of energy the body uses to digest a food. The TEF of most foods ranges from 10-20 percent of the calories in a food. If you’re eating celery that contains 10 calories, you will still be left with eight to nine calories even after TEF.

Myth: It takes 21 days to break a bad habit or form a new one.

Fact: Most of us have heard the claim that it only takes 21 days to form a new habit or break an old one. Unfortunately, it can take much longer to form new habits around something that is so central to our everydays lives—food. The reality is that there is no set timeframe for breaking or forming new habits. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few years. For some, keeping up with a healthy lifestyle will be a lifelong mission. This is why having a support system and set plan is essential in your wellness journey.

Are you ready to reset your health? Call us today to learn more about our medically supervised weight-loss program.