8 Weight loss and food myths that people still believe
For a while ago I shared my thoughts about fad diets and I would like to continue with the same subject for one more post. Even though awareness of nutrition and knowledge about losing weight in a smart way are much better today than those were, let’s say, twenty years ago, so many people still believe some of the most common weight loss and food related myths to be true.
I gathered here 8 most commonly occurring myths when discussing with people about weight loss with explanations that override these arguments.
“Eating as few calories as possible is the best solution for weight loss.”
Stop before you even start! Going on a super low-calorie diet will set you up for failure rather than helping you slim waistline and lose weight. Starving your body can cause muscle mass loss and decrease the rate of your metabolism, and also lead to numerous nutritional deficiencies. It’s possible that acting like this, it can have totally opposite effect on your weight loss project.
“Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.”
Calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in during the day and you should always check where those calories come from.
“Calorie is a calorie, so all calories are equal.”
Nope. Eating 400 calories of chicken or vegetables isn’t the same as eating 400 calories of cake or sweets. Your body uses and stores calories differently depending on the nutrients each food is composed of. Actually, since the majority of calories of the desserts and other sweet treats come from sugar and hard fat, getting too many of your calories from desserts can leave you hungry and unsatisfied, because your body can’t digest and use them in the best possible way and those also lack essential nutrients.
“You should expect to be hungry while dieting.”
If you cut calories randomly, you’re probably going to feel hungry. BUT, if you plan out your day wisely and offer your body nutritious foods evenly throughout the day, you’ll likely feel quite satisfied on significantly fewer calories.
“No carbs equals weight loss.”
Carbs have been pronounced the diet devil, and the general perception is that they lead to weight gain in any context. Cutting out refined carbs is an excellent idea but skipping them all can actually make you gain weight. There explanation for this is that if you’re cutting out also good carbs, you’ll be missing out on filling fiber and essential nutrients, which has been proven to help you slim down.
“Cutting gluten from your diet guarantees weight loss.”
You should definitely cut gluten from your diet, if you have celiac disease. Or if you’re struggling with your thyroid or there might be a possibility that you have hypothyroidism, it may be worth giving a gluten-free lifestyle a try. But if your only reason for skipping wheat from your diet is weight loss, you can forget this method right away and keep eating whole wheats. Going gluten-free doesn’t mean weight loss. The only thing you’ll be losing is a bunch of fiber and beneficial nutrients.
“Not eating the egg yolk will help you slim down.”
It’s true that egg whites are lower in calories than their yolks, but it’s a totally misleading idea that you should skip the yolk entirely. In fact, if you’re throwing it away too often, you’ll miss some of the key fat-fighting nutrients such as choline. Maybe also this will help you to change your mind about yolks: The egg yolks are the healthiest part of the egg and they will help you to stay satisfied and slim down easier. That’s where almost all of the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (such as lutein beneficial for your eyes and skin) are found.
“You have to eliminate all the fats to lose weight.”
If losing weight or being toned is your goal, staying away from fatty foods seems to make sense. But not all fats are equal. While you should definitely skip saturated and trans fats (fast food, all the greasy salty treats, industrial baked goods, etc.) make sure to include some good fats (nuts, seeds, nut butters, oily fish, avocados, etc.) into your daily diet. Healthy fats don’t only fuel your weight loss and keep you satisfied, but are also essentials for brain and skin health, and have anti-inflammatory properties.
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