weight loss myths

On A Diet? Don’t Believe These 5 Weight Loss Myths

Big Al's Diet Tip of the Month

weight loss mythsWhen it comes to quick and easy weight loss tips, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

Most people make the mistake of believing something done in the short term will produce long-term results. When it comes to losing weight, fad diets, gimmicks and extreme eating habits can actually do more harm than good.

Here are 5 common weight loss myths debunked by the facts.

Myth 1: No More Snacking

There is a widely held belief that dieting means feeling hungry and staying away from the foods you love. This is not the case! Who says you must starve yourself to lose weight?

Snacking between meals can actually be a good thing when done in moderation. In fact, eating smaller meals throughout the day is considered ideal. It helps you eat less and reduces your urge to binge eat when you’re hungry.

The key is to stay away from the fattening, unhealthy choices like cookies, candies and chips and opt instead for healthier choices like fruits, vegetables and yogurt.

fast food mythsMyth 2:  Say Goodbye to Fast Food

We have grown to love our fast food for several reasons. Fast food is quick, easy and convenient. It’s perfect for on the on-the-go meals during busy days.

You don’t have to say goodbye to all of these benefits because of your diet! Many places now offer healthier alternatives on their menus. Here are some ways you can make the healthy choice in your next fast food purchase:

  • Get a salad.
  • Swap breaded or fried chicken for grilled chicken.
  • Switch the creamy sauces and dressings with the lighter ones, for ex: Balsamic Vinaigrette vs. Ranch Dressing.

Myth 3: Avoid Carbs at All Costs

Not all carbs are bad for you. In fact, you actually need them as a part of your fitness regime! Your body uses them as fuel during exercise.

The key is to recognize that not all carbs are created equally. Avoid the bad carbs which are high in sugar and flour. These can be found in processed foods like white breads, white rice, white pasta, most pastries and artificially sweetened juices and sodas.

Choose instead to have the good carbs which includes fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grain breads, brown rice, wheat pasta etc. These options are low in calories and are a great source of fiber and nutrients.

Myth 4: Certain Foods Make You Burn Calories

Are there certain magical foods that help you burn more calories by increasing your metabolic rate?

The answer is no. Calories do not vary depending on the food. A calorie is a calorie, whether you got it from eating cheese or vegetable.

There are no foods that help you burn a significant amount of calories or increase your metabolic rate.

The best strategy is to choose foods high in fiber and water content because they leave you feeling full longer. As an added measure, try weightlifting because building muscle increases the number of calories your body burns while it’s at rest.

Myth 5: Fat is Bad

Fatty foods get a bad rap. We assume that by eating fatty foods, we will automatically gain weight as our body stores the fat.

Losing weight doesn’t have to mean avoiding these foods altogether. While it is important that you limit your intake of animal fats and saturated fats such as dairy products, monounsaturated fats like olive oil can be good for you.

The truth is, you need a certain amount of fat to remain healthy.