09 December 2008

Perhaps you’ve considered going on a weight loss diet at various times in your life. With all the different fat loss diets out there, it can be hard at times to decipher fact from fiction. Maybe you hesitated because you thought it was too complicated or too hard. Judging by all the information about dieting that’s out there, there are a lot of myths making the rounds. Knowing the major fat loss myths will help you take a step in the right direction to getting the results you're looking for. Here are some of the weight loss myths :

I can lose weight while eating whatever I want
The answer is: yes and no. Depends on what? You can lose weight while eating whatever you want but that would mean that you must be exercising a lot for you to burn all the energy that you just took in your body. Remember, the excess energy your body don’t need would be stored as glycogen in your liver and if they are not used further, they will then be converted to fats.

Low-fat or non-fat means no calories
Totally wrong! Fat is not the only one that has calories or provides energy, because protein and carbohydrates does that too. Remember, the excess energy your body doesn’t need would be stored as glycogen in your liver and if they are not used further, they will then be converted to fats and this is also true for carbohydrates and proteins. So if the food products claims “low-fat” or “non-fat” it means it’s fat level is lesser than normal ones.

I can lose my weight rapidly if skip my meals
Skipping meals is equivalent to starving yourself. When you starve yourself, you’ll end up feeling hungrier by the time you really eat something. Which means that by the time you eat something, you’ll tend to eat more than you really should which also means you’ll probably end up gaining more than losing weight.

If you slip up on your diet, you must pay the price by doubling up on your workouts
This is simply untrue. There’s nothing wrong with the occasional bowl of ice cream. You only need to adjust your calorie intake for the day. You don’t have to work out for ages in order to make up for a small indulgence.

The best way to lose weight is by cutting out as much food and calories as you can
This is an extremely unhealthy way for dieting. Your body thinks it’s starving and will cling to its fat stores tenaciously.

Eating at night makes you gain weight
Well, this is not entirely true. If eating at night makes you eat more calories than you should for the day, then yes, eating at night will make you gain weight. If it doesn't and you stay within your calorie allotment, then eating at night will not make you gain weight.

Avoid eating before bedtime because your body will just store all the calories as fat
This one isn’t true because a diet only means that you’re eating healthy and watching your caloric intake for the day. If you have a small snack before bedtime, it won’t have any real impact. But not if you’re indulging in a full meal or a vat of cookie dough ice cream.

You should skip eating before and after your workout
Many people believe is eating before and after a workout will hinder fat loss. This is very wrong. In fact, it's completely the opposite. The food you eat around the workout is least likely to turn to fat, so it's actually one of the times you should be eating the most food. This will help ensure you also have the most energy possible to do your workouts.

You should never cheat on your diet
Some people believe is that you should always stick with your diet 100%. While you do want to have good dietary adherance, you want to allow some freedom for foods you enjoy. This will not only help to keep the metabolic rate optimized, but it will also help keep you psychologically sane. Dieting for extended periods of time really takes its toll on both your mind and body.

Eat only one specific type of food
The peppered water, grapefruit and the hot dog diet fads have resulted in many binges over the years. An unbalanced fad diet will result in not enough nutrients that are essential for good health and a strong immune system.

You can’t eat anything between meals
Snacks are actually part of a healthy eating style. Eat smaller meals throughout the day to keep your hunger satisfied. By eliminating snacks between meals, you’re only going to make yourself hungrier at meal times. You might end up eating considerably more food than your body requires just to keep hunger at bay.

Consuming dairy products is highly fattening
There are many essential nutrients contained in dairy products, so it’s unwise to completely cut them from your eating plan. Indeed, there is research indicating that regular consumption of dairy products can lead to dropped pounds. However, watch how much you consume and opt for low fat selections.

Certain foods, like grapefruit, celery, or cabbage soup, can burn fat and make you lose weight
No foods can really burn fats. Eating these foods will make you lose weight is because of the fact that these foods are high in fibre and water level. If you eat foods that have a lot of liquid in it (citrus fruits), it’ll help make your appetite smaller because of all the liquid you’re putting in your body. That’s why they are saying that it makes you lose weight but it certainly don’t burn fat.

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