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Study: Sex Isn't a Proven Weight-Loss Technique

Researchers dubunked obesity and dieting myths in a new report.

Walking a mile a day for five years won't lead to a 50-pound drop in weight, sex shouldn't count as your cardio exercise for the day and no one really knows if eating breakfast helps people lose weight.

Those are some of the obesity and dieting myths busted by a new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Turns out, there have been few studies about many of the weight-related beliefs Americans hold so dear.

Basically, unproven assumptions have been repeated so often for so long, it's hard to separate the scientifically proven conclusions from the old wives' tales.

"The promulgation of unsupported beliefs may yield poorly informed policy decisions, inaccurate clinical and public health recommendations, and an unproductive allocation of research resources," researchers state in the introduction to the study.

A lot of other assumptions are just as likely to be true as they are to be false, according to researchers:

  • Snacking causes weight gain.
  • Eating and exercise habits are set in childhood. 
  • Adding bike paths, jogging trails, sidewalks and parks to communities will help people be less fat.

Check out the tail end of this New York Times article to see the full list of debunked myths.

Looking for some fitness tips that may or may not be scientifically proven? Patch compiled this list from local trainers and coaches.

With all this uncertainty, what dieting truths to you believe in? Tell us in the comment section below.

Miroslav Leppelt February 02, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Sex might not be the best weight loss technique, From my opinion, the best weight loss plan is juice diet. It's enjoyable, tasty and what's more important it's healthy as well. check out here http://www.squidoo.com/juice-diet-recipes2
Jim C February 03, 2013 at 01:39 AM
In my experience, LACK of sex is the best weight-loss motivation. LOL.
The Captain February 03, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Psst, sfar as I know, you gotta be slim fit sexy and packed with breast if you wanna jump on the sex train. I could go for days and stir up an appetite, whoo it feels like I'm on the jackhammer treadmill - Uhh Uhh Uhh uhhh. so I don't know how you can loose weight. I'll tell you this though, when it comes to big and juicy women, I fill them up
JTB February 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Does anyone else get the feeling that The Captain has no idea that sex isn't an individual sport?
Nas B. February 05, 2013 at 08:39 AM
"childhood obseity" - wassat? Did you mean "childhood obscenity"? ;-)

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