Today we’re going to dispel some common dieting myths and get you back on track to losing weight. How many times have you started a diet, but then soon quit because of something you heard or was told? Maybe you’re doubting yourself that this is just another diet that won’t work. Well if either of these statements is true, don’t worry. We’re about to uncover some myths about weight loss.
Myth 1: Not Eating Enough Calories Myth
The number one weight loss myth people fall prey to is that you can lose weight fast by starving yourself. Even if you try to eliminate as many calories as possible from your day, the end result is not going to be positive.
Extreme calorie elimination is a very unhealthy way to lose weight. Not only that, you’re going to get the opposite effect of what you really want. Your body starts to go into starvation mode, shutting down as much weight loss as possible.
If you want to lose weight fast for an upcoming special event, don’t wait until the last minute to get started. You’re going to stress yourself out and possibly not lose all the weight that you want.
Myth 2: Fad Diet Myth
Another myth you might have heard about in your quest for a slimmer waistline is that you should only eat a certain type of food all day, every day. Grapefruit, cabbage, and pepper-laden water diet fads have resulted in many binges over the years.
When you follow these dangerous fad diets, your body’s not getting the necessary nutrients it needs to fight off illnesses and stay healthy. Also since these diets are so restricting and monotonous, you wind up “cheating” and eating more food just to feel full.
Myth 3: No Cheat Meal Myth
Straying from your diet is a commonly heard no-no. If you do, you’ll need to exercise for hours just to make up for it.
This is simply not true!
It’s okay to indulge in your favorite snack or food once in a while. If you do, it’s best you adjust your caloric intake for that day. As long as you don’t go over your allotted calories for the day, you don’t have to spend hours at the gym to compensate for your snack.
Since changing your diet is going to be a new lifestyle, it’s unreasonable to think you can never have your favorite foods again. When you’re making new food choices, you need to be balanced and eat junk food in moderation.
Myth 4: Eating Late at Night Myth
One myth you might have heard is that you can’t eat before you go to bed, because you’ll get fat in your sleep. That isn’t correct because when you’re dieting, you’re counting your calories for the entire day, not just at night.
Having a light, healthy snack before bed isn’t going to make a big difference in your caloric intake unless you already overate for the day. If you do eat something heavy right before going to bed, it may cause heartburn or indigestion. Just don’t eat a full 5-course meal or a gallon of ice cream and you should be fine.
Myth 5: No Snacking Between Meals Myth
You might have also been told that you can’t eat anything between meals. It’s better that you eat snacks if you’re hungry. Eating smaller meals throughout the day will keep your hunger satisfied and your metabolism up.
Choose fruits, vegetables, and other low-calorie snacks. When you eliminate snacks between meals, you’re only going to make yourself hungrier at mealtimes. This will cause you to eat a lot more than you really need just to satisfy your hunger.
Myth 6: Dairy Free Myth
The final myth is that you shouldn’t consume any dairy products at all because they’re too fattening. Dairy contains calcium and nutrients your body needs. If you have a desire for dairy, just eat it.
There are some studies that suggest that those who consume dairy have better weight loss success. Since some dairy products can be fattening, select low-fat versions or limit your consumption of the regular version.
If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, there are other non-dairy alternatives that can be beneficial as well, such as almond or hemp milk.
By maintaining a proper diet and exercise, you don’t have to worry about the plethora of common weight loss myths that you hear about. Losing weight and maintaining it is about moderation and common-sense decisions. Once you make up your mind to lose weight, you’ll no doubt have sure success.