Have you ever wondered what is fact and what is fiction when hearing about the endless diet plans and weightloss methods? If so, you’re not alone.
With so many people obsessed with losing weight, there can be a lot of confusion surrounding what is true and what has been falsely advertised.
We’re busting five of the most common myths surrounding dieting and nutrition.
Myth #1: Eat a Low Fat Diet to Lose Weight
The trend to eat a low-fat or fat-free diet has long been a confusing one. In theory, it sounds correct. How can one eat fat to lose fat? But recent studies have brought to light the knowledge that has been around for hundreds of years: eating natural, healthy fats are good for you.
When people eat man-made “low-fat” versions of foods that are meant to be naturally fatty, they are introducing chemicals into their diet.
Butter, lard, dairy, oil and meat are healthier and can lead to having a leaner body than eating chemically-altered foods like non-fat dairy, margerine and meat alternatives.
Fats also provide more energy and are more filling than when eating only carbohydrates.
Myth #2: Eating Red Meat Can Kill You
With the vegan and vegetarian craze spreading in recent years, many people are under the impression that eating red meat is bad for your health and even can lead to heart disease and death.
However, according to Dr. Michael Roussell, eating four to five ounces of lean red meat a day can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and protect your heart by decreasing triglycerides numbers.
So why does the media continue to publish claims that red meat will kill you? The research simply isn’t there. According to an article on MarksDailyApple.com, “that health according to the media and health according to reality are two very different things.”
So not only is red meat not killing you, it is actually healthy for you, containing multiple vitamins, minerals and iron.
Myth #3: Eat Less to Lose More
While it’s true that weight loss comes down to burning more calories than you are taking in, the types of food and how often you eat are important.
When people go on crash starvation diets, they may lose weight right away. However, as soon as “normal” eating habits resume, the weight will come back and often more than before.
According to a report in American Psychologist, it is difficult for peole to stick to strict diets for a long period of time. They will feel deprived and hungry.
In addition, not all foods are created equal in terms of calories. Depending on what you choose to eat while trying to lose weight, you may end up eating more of a healthier, more filling food than before.
Myth #4: Eating at Night Causes Weight Gain
“Never eat a bite after 6 p.m. or you’ll gain weight!” Have you ever heard something along the lines of this? It has often been said that eating in the evening hours will automatically lead to weight gain since you are typically less active at night than you are during the day.
However, Dr. John Foreyt said it best, “Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them.”
Also, late-night calories will eventually get used and not automatically turn to fat.
Myth #5: Diet Foods and Artificial Sweetners Help You Lose Weight
The magic words on the package says it all: Low-Fat, Low-Carb, Fat-Free, Sugar-Free, Calorie-Free.
All of these terms are unevitably attractive to dieters looking for foods that taste the same as those they just gave up in order to lose weight.
The fact is that most people end up eating more of these altered foods, negating the effort of consuming less. In addition, the so-called diet foods are highly processed and checimally altered, increasing your health risk even more.
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