10 Common Myths about Dieting

Do you know the truth about dieting or are you still falling victim to the many
myths that are circulating around about the topic? Chance are, you have fallen into one (if not more) dieting tips or tricks that have turned out to be totally false. The following are a few common myths about dieting that you need to know so that you don’t fall victim to the many scams that await you.

  • Myth – You should eat less than 1000 calories a day. 

Limiting your daily intake of calories will help you lose weight. However, sending your body into starvation mode will not. Your body needs fuel to survive and this fuel comes through calories. If you are not eating enough calories to sustain your body it will go into starvation mode and you will struggle to lose weight.

  • Myth – You can eat sweets and lose weight.

 There are many diets out there that claim you can eat anything you want to eat and lose weight. Don’t fall into this scam.  If you want to lose weight, you will have to eliminate sweets from your diet or at the very least portion them.

  • Myth – Losing weight quickly is safe and will stay off.

 Popular televisions shows have led people to think that losing weight quickly is okay.  It is important to keep in mind that these people are guided by doctors who specialize in weight loss.  For normal people, the weight will not come off as quickly.  If it does, it will usually come back in time.

  • Myth – Exercising 7 days a week will help you lose more weight.

It is true that exercising is beneficial in losing weight. What is not true is that one has to exercise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to see results. Your body needs a period of rest.  You can still lose weight if you have rest days calculated into your diet and exercise plan.   

  • Myth – You can eat any time of the day you want to and lose weight.

 If you want to lose weight, it is best that you do not consume meals at night right before bed time.  Eat your larger meals during the day when you have time to exercise the calories off.

  • Myth – You should avoid carbohydrates if you are trying to lose weight.

While a diet full of carbohydrates will certainly inhibit you from losing weight, you don’t have to totally eliminate them from your diet.  Carbohydrates are okay in moderation.

  • Myth – Low fat foods have no calories.

Many people are fooled by the “low fat” label on foods.  Low fat does not mean no fat.  Low fat foods must be eaten in moderation or can add up quickly. This can ruin your diet plan very quickly.

  • Myth – You should skip meals throughout the day to lose weight.

Skipping meals will not be good for your diet. In fact, doctors recommend eating small, frequent meals all throughout the days. Skipping meals will only cause you to indulge later on.  Make sure you are getting in 6 small meals during the day.

  • Myth – You should avoid milk and dairy products if you are trying to lose weight.

Milk is a great part of any healthy diet plan and can help you get rid of those excess pounds quickly.  Drink at least one class of non fat milk a day.  This helps your body build long, lean muscles and also gives your body the nutrients it needs to be healthy and active.

  • Myth – All diets that are advertised are safe and effective.

Just because a diet is advertised, doesn’t mean it is safe.  If the diet includes taking diet pills, be very cautious. Be sure to read reviews and make sure that the diet is safe before you dive off into it.  Diet pills often cause thyroid and heart problems in the long run.

Above are a few common myths associated with dieting. Educate yourself so that you don’t find yourself being fooled by one of this.  Education and knowledge about dieting will help you get to your goal weight. Never take the word of others without thoroughly researching the topic yourself.

Guest Post by: Alex is working as freelance writer for self hypnosis website where you can download nlp training programs, subliminal messages and binaural beats recordings from world’s best hypnotists.

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