I'm not on a diet. I'm currently in the procrastinating phase. I know I should lose some weight, but I haven't gotten motivated enough to actually do anything about it. Now that I think about it, that's about as far as most people get when they consider going on a diet.

Let's face it; going on a diet is boring and it can be a real hassle. I know I need to lose weight. I just don't feel like going through all the business of being on a diet. Besides, I love food, and eating should be an experience, not a chore.

I found a great article about diets on The Independent, and it gives 4 widely believed myths about dieting. If you're like me and waiting for some inspiration to start a diet, you might want to check over these myths and get started on the right foot.

Myth #1:  You only have to make small changes in how you eat to lose weight

While that may be true for some people, it's not true for everyone. It all depends on your eating habits. If you eat fast food at every meal, just cutting out one fast food meal a day probably isn't going to be enough of a change to facilitate any kind of real weight loss.

Myth #2:  You must set realistic goals

While this one sounds reasonable, there is no evidence that it is true. One recent study found that people with super ambitious goals lost more weight. That's not to say that you don't need to have a goal, just think big.

Myth #3:  If you lose weight quickly, you won't keep it off

I've heard this one a million times. So far, no study really backs this up. It's just one of those things that we all accept as true. Probably a myth started by a weight loss product.

Myth #4:  Sex helps you lose weight

Once again, not a shred of evidence. In fact, the real evidence is that the average person burns about 20 calories having sex. 20 calories is not enough to even start the fat burning process. You can burn 20 calories just sitting on the couch.

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