Overcoming Exercise Myths to Lose Weight & Transform Your Life

Available for Interviews: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health for over 40 years. She is a sought-after national speaker and consultant, has been featured in numerous local and national media outlets, and is the #1 international bestselling author of Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life At Any Age.


What Dr. Mimi Secor can say in an interview on
some common exercise and weight loss myths:

There are a lot of common myths out there that we all tend to hold as true. This interview will explore these and go deep into offering real, tangible ways to exercise and eat right to achieve your weight loss goals.

  1. MYTH: You can easily lose weight exercising.” Most people think they can exercise to lose weight. Unfortunately, it is difficult to burn off that many calories, so diet is also usually a necessary component.
  2. MYTH: “You CAN out-exercise an unhealthy diet.” Many people think they can do hours of cardio exercise and effectively lose weight. Contrary to popular myth, you can NOT out-exercise an unhealthy diet.
  3. MYTH: “Exercise is essential for weight loss.”  Actually this is not true. Nutrition is the greatest contributor to weight loss. Of course, it is healthy to add exercise to nutrition for weight loss, but not essential—especially initially.
  4. MYTH: “Increasing exercise will increase weight loss.” This is not necessarily true. Too much exercise can actually backfire by causing increased stress levels which can raise cortisol, and in turn, stall out weight loss.
  5. MYTH: “Steady state cardio is effective for weight loss.” This is what most people think, but it is actually false. The best approach for burning maximum calories is HITT exercise. This stands for high-intensity interval training. This involves exercising to your maximum capacity for 20-30 minutes.
  6. MYTH: “Eating less and moving more is generally effective for weight loss.” Even most health care professionals believe this myth. The problem with this concept is that it doesn’t factor in the unique metabolic needs or characteristics of each individual. In reality, effective weight loss usually requires analyzing and adjusting macros (protein, fats, and carbohydrates).

Tried Everything and Can’t Lose Weight? (The Backstory)

Have you, like so many women, tried every diet trend out there? Do you feel like you have tried everything and still can’t lose weight? Are you getting to an age where you’re beginning to wonder if you shouldn’t just give up?

Stop right there.

It is never, NEVER too late to make small changes that lead to a healthier version of you.

I want you to know NOW that the so-called “inevitable decline” of aging is NOT inevitable. You CAN fight it, and you can feel better about yourself today than you did yesterday.

As for me, I spent most of my 40s and 50s carrying around too much weight. Like any healthcare professional, I knew I needed to be healthier, but I didn’t know that much about self care.

Finally one day, my daughter Kat, who is a bodybuilder and fitness coach, looked at me and said, “Mom you are a hypocrite. You’re supposed to be a healthy role model.”

Let me tell you, that felt like a stake in my heart. I realized she was right, but I didn’t think there was anything I could do about my health at the time. I felt I was too busy working on my doctorate degree. Not to mention I was already in my late 50s and had dieted off and on for years with limited success.

But Kat said to me, “Don’t give up. I’ll help you.”

Over time, with Kat’s help, I made one small change after another. There were certain changes I really resisted–letting go of artificial sweeteners for instance–but over time those small changes have added up to a much happier, healthier version of me.

Sometimes I tell people that I gave birth to my daughter, but she literally gave re-birth to me. If she hadn’t been willing to work with me, and guide me, I fear where I would be today.

In this interview I did for the fathersafter50.com podcast, I discuss three ways Kat and I work with clients to help them achieve long-lasting change at any age:

  • Mindset – Are you someone who thinks, “I’ve tried everything and still can’t lose weight”? What other excuses are keeping you from your goals?
  • Sleep – Don’t be surprised! When you are sleep deprived, your body stores fat. Let’s find out if you’re getting enough shut-eye!
  • Fitness – Are you exercising TOO much? It sounds crazy, but it happens!

If you feel like you’ve tried everything and still can’t lose weight, you are NOT alone. So many women feel like it’s just too late for them. But the truth is, it’s never too late to make one small change TODAY that will impact your health TOMORROW.

A Journey of a Thousand miles . . .

Improving one’s health, confidence, and success potential has never been more important than today. In an interview with Dr. Mimi Secor, viewers, listeners, and readers can be directed to go to HealthConfidenceSuccess.com 


Interview: Dr. Mimi Secor

Dr. Mimi Secor
is a popular National Speaker and Consultant, educating advanced practice clinicians and consumers around the country and the world. She is the author of the book, Debut a New You: Transforming Your Life at Any Age.

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Managing Editor
Director of Publicity
Success In Media, Inc.

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