Eating less would burn more calories leading to weight loss”. Do you believe this, and other so-called facts about dieting?
Every day you get to know a new fact about weight loss and you start following it without even confirming its validity. There are many such myths about dieting spread by friends, relatives, neighbours, bloggers, and YouTubers worldwide that have been blindly trusted and accepted by people. Though not all of them are wrong yet many just waste your time and energy.
Portia de Rossi, in her book “Unbearable Lightness: A story of Loss and Gain”, says that, “The diet industry is making a lot of money selling us fad diets, nonfat foods full of chemicals, gym memberships, and pills while we lose a piece of our self-esteem every time we fail /another diet or neglect to use the gym membership we could barely afford.” That’s true.
Here are the top 7 myths that you should stop bothering while you make up your mind for dieting.
1.Skip your meals and you will lose weight
The most common and weirdest of all. Skipping meals for a long time rather increases your tendency to eat more food at once. You end up gaining more fat. Studies reported that if a person endures at only 1200 calories a day, he regains his lost weight in 4 to 5 years. In addition, starving for a long period of time leads to digestive problems and affects the gallstones. Instead, maintain a proper and healthy diet.
2.Eating after 8 p.m. stores more fat in the body
Calories have nothing to do with time. Your digestive system works in the night the same way as it does in the morning or noon time. This myth holds true only for unhealthy or overeating and then soon after going to sleep. You should have your meals on time but that doesn’t mean you cannot eat late-night. If you feel hungry at night, you can have light food and then go for a walk around your home before sleeping.
3.Stop eating all your favorite foods
The main reason why most of the people fear to diet. You must correct yourselves. Eating your favorite food is not a problem but overeating do create a problem. You are free to eat whatever you like even if you are on a diet. Just maintain a proper amount of all the carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, etc in your food and eat on time with discipline.
4.Exercising is enough and more for weight loss
A common myth that most of the people follow in the wrong way. It would not make any sense if you overeat each day and then exercise daily to burn the calories. Even your calorie intake would not match with burnt calories. The truth is you must eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly to maintain a healthy and fit body.
5.Carbohydrates are against the weight loss process
A belief that every person has who wish to lose weight. This myth is valid only if you increase the amount of carbs that you consume daily. Like other nutrients, carbohydrates are also very important for healthy eating. Eliminating them from your diet will only lead to malfunctioning in your digestive system. After all, what matter is how much you eat, and not what you eat.
6.Not eating breakfast help in losing weight
The fact is just the opposite of this. Skipping breakfast does not reduce weight or cut off your calories. Rather it develops your tendency to eat more food because you become hungry as the time passes and hunger does not wait for healthy eating. When you are hungry you eat anything that is served to you. Having breakfast regularly helps to manage your hunger during the whole day and keeps you away from unhealthy eating.
7.Eating “low-fat” labelled foods reduce fat
Many people are fooled by this “low-fat” labels on the packaged foods. Instead of reducing, you gain extra fat if you eat twice these food than the original full-fat food. You must check the content of each ingredient in the packaging before buying these products. Sometimes, the manufacturers add more sugar and fats to add flavour to these foods. As a result, you may end up gaining extra pounds of weight.
So, don’t you think, you should stop trusting dieting myths and consult experts and dieticians for a correct diet that suits your body type?