A true “mythology” exist around slimming diets, some you definitely heard about and in this article we decided to reveal the truth about the most common diet myths people are talking about.
Myth #1 If you drastically reduce the amount of calories you eat you will lose weight faster
Partially true, but only for the first few days or weeks. However this is a habit that may be unproductive. When greatly reduce the amount of calories you eat your body will be heading to starvation which is a bad place to be in.
Your body will try to protect its resources and will slow down your metabolic rate. It’s like when you have less money and you do not know when you will receive more so you start to spend less money everyday so they will last you as much time as necessary.
This translates in slowing down the weight loss process and in the end stopping it completely and sometimes helping to gain more weight when you start eating normal again.
Myth #2 The more strict the diet is, the better it will work
In general people who are looking for ways to lose weight especially weight loss diets, they search for strict, complicated, restrictive and hard diets, in a way a sort of punishment for their body.
Why? Because many people who are dealing with obesity or just being overweight, feel some sort of quilt regarding their bodies and think that a punishment will solve the problem.
Well, this is not the case and let me tell you that everyone should love their body because only in this way you will take care more of it and make sure you are healthy and stay positive all the time.
Balanced, normal and bearable diets are the ones that really matter because they give the best results in the long term.
So, very restrictive diets are very bad for the body because they take away a lot of important nutrients that you need and because they are usually tasteless and so restrictive, people will quickly get bored and abandon them fast.
An effective weight loss diet is a diet which is dynamic and offers a variety of foods and nutriments, a diet which is fun to follow and gives real results.
Myth #3 Don’t touch any of your favorite foods because they are “less healthy”
We as human beings in general love to eat and we do like good and tasty foods. Also all of us have some foods that we love the most.
It’s hard for someone who loves chocolate so much to find out that for the next six months eating chocolate is strictly forbidden.
Giving up to small pleasures in life will only make it more sad and it doesn’t have to be like this. Remember that all the food (not including fast and junk food of course) is good for you but only in small quantities.
Moderation is the key to any successful weight loss regime.
Myth #4 Eating at night will cause weight gain
It doesn’t matter so much when you eat, but rather how much you eat (total amount of calories) and how many calories you consume through physical activity each day.
Indeed it is recommended not to eat a lot at night because it follows a rest period of about 8 hours and the body doesn’t need much energy.
But if you eat something light in the evening you will not have food cravings and that feeling of being hungry overnight (and even if it occurs, it’s better to eat a fruit or one/two biscuits).
Myth #5 Don’t eat between meals (snacks will make you fat)
On the contrary, if between the 3 main meals you have each day you add a light snack, you will keep your blood sugar steady and your metabolism active. You’ll also be less likely to feel hungry before the next meal and so you will need to eat less.
Myth #6 Fat is a bad thing
It is a mistake to consider fat food as harmful to the body. Excess fat is harmful. We all need a certain amount of this substance in our diet because much of the organism structures are formed from fat.
In addition, the presence of fat in food makes it tastier and more filling. Some fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids that are found in fish and shellfish are absolutely necessary for the proper functioning of the body.
Myth #7 If you skip meals, you will lose weight more effectively
On the contrary, if you skip meals you will definitely gain weight!
You will become really hungry and forget about moderation when you will have your next meal.
Hunger is a feeling too strong to be controlled, because eating food is a primal instinct. Think about your behavior when you feel so hungry that you will eat a whole elephant.
You forget about any weight loss diet or moderation and start eating hearty, usually in the category of “forbidden foods” like junk and fast food.
That’s why it’s important not to skip meals, especially over breakfast, because this one as you know is the most important meal of the day. It gives you a great boost in the morning and refill your body with nutriments after hours of sleep.
Myth #8 Dairy products should not be included in any weight loss diets
There are all sorts of theories, and many written books on the subject. In reality, there must be some dairy products in anyone’s diet, no matter if you want to lose weight or not.
We all need calcium, especially children, women and athletes. Dietary products have high amounts of calcium. The secret here is to choose milk and dairy products with low fat percentage.
Myth #9 Drink a lot of water to lose weight easier
Water is key to a healthy lifestyle and you should drink enough every day. But, forcing yourself to drink large amounts of water daily is not a great idea.
The only way you could possibly lose some weight by drinking water is by replacing sugary juices and sodas with clear water.
Remember, the right way to lose healthy weight and have fun while doing it is to be moderate in all you do and when it comes to choosing the right foods to eat, variety is your friend.