1. A diet requires the individual to make long-term positive changes.

A safe program resulting in permanent weight loss requires the participant to make changes in eating and exercise habits on a regular basis. No matter what companies claim, there is no magic pill that allows for rapid results that reduces weight in a short period of time. Experts recommend eating five meals with small proportions to increase metabolism rates and lose weight.

2. An estimated 50 million Americans go on a diet each year.

Every year, millions of Americans start a program or plan with hopes to succeed at weight loss. There is a low success rate, because people are often looking for a magical, effortless way to lose weight. This quick and easy answer is not available because it takes time, preparation, and a strong will to complete a program to lose weight.

3. A healthy diet should include 2 portions of fruits and vegetables a day.

Experts recommend eating at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables daily. Not only will this result in weight loss, but eating fruits and vegetables has health benefits such as prevention of serious heart diseases and cancers.

4. It is important and necessary to burn 1,500 calories in a diet to lose a pound of fat.

A reduction of 3,500 calories is required to lose a pound of fat. If a weight loss plan reduces 500 calories per day, then it is possible to lose a pound each week. The only proven plan is to reduce caloric intake or burn more calories through exercise. Most experts suggest both reducing caloric intake and burning more calories through exercise.

5. Losing weight is a way to glorify God by taking care of our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.

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