Top 10 Diet Myths Busted
Diet world is filled with preformed ideas and myths. Here is a list of top 10 myths and the truth behind them.
Myth 1: Don’t eat after 8 p.m.
Truth: It really does not matter at what time you eat. All that matters is your calorie intake. People think that food eaten at night gets stored as fat but this is not true. You won’t slim down by giving yourself an eating cut off time. Watch your calorie intake for that to happen 😉
However, experts say that you should have a lighter dinner because if you have a high calorie and high fat dinner it will affect your digestion that can keep you awake and uneasy at night. If you sleep less you will tend to overeat the next day. So, eat more calories during the day.
Myth 2: “Light” Foods Are Better
Truth: Food that is marketed as light is low in calories but is usually high in sugar, artificial sweeteners, sodium and additives. There goes all the ‘lightness’!!
For example, if you eat fat free cheese instead of the usual cheese, you might save a few calories but you will ingest extra mgs of sodium. Moreover, if you are told that a particular food is light, you will eat more than you need, right? You may even go to the extent of consuming more calories than the original version of the cheese. So, what is the point? Go in for the real stuff instead of the fat free versions (in moderation).
Myth 3: You can eat everything you want, as long as it’s healthy
Truth: Healthy foods are good but they do contain calories, sodium, sugar and fat. It is a good idea to include whole grain food, nuts, nut neuters, dried fruit and oatmeal in your diet. But you need to be on a look out for portion size. Just one tablespoon of peanut butter has 105 calories in it!! So think before indulging!! Count the calories and watch the portion of your food even if the food is healthy.
Myth 4: Going vegan directly means weight loss
Truth: Vegan foods can contain empty calories too. Consider foods like French fries, chips, pasta and chocolate, they are all vegan! If you ate only these that too without thinking twice you will end up piling on kilos instead of losing them!! You have to eat the nutritious vegan foods like fresh fruits, veggies, tofu and whole grains to be in shape. Also keep track of the calories.
Myth 5: You can eat everything if you work out regularly
Truth: That is not true! You can’t burn as many calories as you eat during your workout. For weight loss to happen you need to burn more than you consume. You need to reduce or burn 500 calories a day to lose 1 kilo in two weeks. Exercise is essential but so is watching your calorie intake.
Myth 6: Skipping meals can speed up weight loss
Truth: Skipping meals can slow down your metabolism making it difficult for you to lose kilos. Have a healthy breakfast and follow it with smaller meals after a gap of few hours throughout the day. You will also get cranky if you skip meals and will tend to overindulge later.
Myth 7: Eat salads and lose weight
Truth: Salads are a good idea but sans the toppings! Yes, veggies are low in calories but your additional toppings and salad dressing can be really high in calories. Just be careful with that!!
Myth 8: You can’t eat carbs not even fruit
Truth: If you completely cut off carbs you may lose weight but you will end up gaining it all back. Avoid refined carbs. Eat the right carbs like whole grains, fruits, quinoa and oats. These contain fibre that will keep you full for longer and provide you with energy.
Myth 9: Gluten-Free diet causes weight loss
Truth: Just going gluten free will not help you lose weight. You need to keep an eye on the calorie intake too.
Myth 10: You have to eliminate the foods you crave
Truth: Depriving yourself of your favourite food will make you crave even more. It would be better if you give in to your cravings. Whenever your favourite pizza and pastries call you go and have a bite!! 🙂 You need not feel guilty afterwards as even if there is a variance of 600 calories in your daily calorie budget once in a while, it won’t affect your waistline (provided if you mostly eat healthy). Satisfy your cravings and lose weight happily.
Hope you found the top 10 diet myths and the truth behind them interesting!
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