Setting The Record Straight On 4 Of The Most Persistent Weight Loss Myths

Photo credit: Bigstockphoto
Photo credit: Bigstockphoto

Shun Carbohydrates

Carbs has long been tagged as a dieter’s worst nightmare. But it’s only so if you don’t make sensible choices in your diet.

Most dieters tend to turn to high protein, low carbohydrate diets to lose a few pounds. While it’s true that protein-rich food is lower in calories, carbohydrates aren’t all that evil. In fact, shunning carbohydrates may actually be dangerous to your health.

You see, carbs prevent kidney stones from forming. Eating less carbs could also cause ketones buildup (partially broken down fats) in the blood, and even cause a range of digestive problems. Let’s not forget, clinical studies show that people who regularly consume a high protein diet are at a much higher risk of developing certain cancers later in life than those who eat balanced meals!

Carbs are great for dieters when taken into moderation, like replacing white rice with brown rice or white bread with whole wheat bread.

Exercise is Better Than Dieting

Not so, according to most health experts. Something worth celebrating by all couch potatoes out there, exercising isn’t all that. This doesn’t mean you should skip your daily planking and cardio workout, but a decrease in food intake is actually more effective in losing weight as opposed to exercising.

Additionally, exercising alone tends to become ineffective in the long run because of two things. One, you tend to feel hungrier after exercising alone and two, you feel more tired and that leads to overeating too. Why?

Our bodies have adaptive system that reacts to every action. That’s just how the body works and there’s absolutely nothing that can help change that. Not even physics. We all have an inherent trait to compensate for all the calories we expend. So if say, you feel so wiped out from an intense workout, chances are, you’ll spend all night couch-locked and you will lose the energy deficit you might’ve gained from your workout.

Snacking Will Ruin Your Diet

No it won’t. Relax, snacking isn’t all that bad. It’s the type and quality of snacks we choose to nosh on that’ll determine whether snacking would ruin your diet. You see, our blood sugar level fluctuate at different times of the day. This will make us cranky, hungry and sluggish. And if you don’t take a midday snack, there’s a chance that you’ll overeat once dinner comes rolling in. That’s why snacking is important especially if you are on a diet. It won’t hurt to indulge yourself with a yummy treat to get you through the day.

Don’t deprive yourself, most nutritionists believe that rewarding yourself once in a while helps keep your diet on track. An occasional dessert should have little to no impact on the success of your diet!

Skip Dinner To Lose Weight

This is a persistent myth that does not hold weight at all. The key element that will help you lose weight is never the time of the day spent eating but the calorie consumption within the day.

This means eating a light snack or dinner won’t cause you to gain back all the weight you lost! As long as you keep an eye on your calorie intake, there’s no reason why you should skip dinner. That said, don’t go overboard with the kind of food you eat at night because the body won’t burn as much calories in the evening as it does during the day. So consider adding a little physical activity after dinner. But when in doubt, turn to light snacks that’s enough to tide you over till the next day.

Facebook Fan Page

Be first to get an exclusive and helpful articles every day! Like us on Facebook