Myth: Skipping a meal is a good way to diet and lose weight.
Truth: Skipping a meal slows your body’s metabolism.
This is to preserve the stored calories through slowing the need for them. If you skip a meal you are likely to eat more at the next one.
Eat three regular meals a day, and if you are working at losing weight, eat smaller portions every 3 hours.
Myth: You don’t need to exercise to lose weight. Only dieting is enough.
Truth: Exercise is an add on with dieting.
We cannot stop our cravings, and stop eating all our favourite foods. However we can burn off calories by exercising. By incorporating exercise into our daily regime, we immediately make weight loss more attainable. Simply by walking 30 minutes every day at a pace which raises our heart rate enough can help our weight loss tremendously. Additionally, exercise gives us many other health benefits, like a healthier heart, lower blood pressure, a greater feeling of well-being etc.
Myth: Carbohydrates are bad for you.
Truth: Carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for your body’s engine. Carbohydrates have about half the amount of calories per gram as fats do. The problem with people’s diets today is that they contain a lot of simple carbohydrates like sugar and high fructose corn syrup. When people eat low-carb diets, they eliminate these very high calorie carbohydrates and they lose weight.
Myth: Low-fat and fat-free (non-fat) foods are low in calories.
Truth: It is not necessary that Low Fat or No fat means Low calories or No calorie.
Lot of foods which say this have low fat but will add other carbs and sugar and will have the same or more calories than the full fat version. Apple is low fat but that does not mean it does not have calories. Always check the calories of foods that you are eating.
Myth: You have to work out for 45 minutes at a time to get anything out of exercise.
Truth: Even 30mins of walking helps you to burn calories.
Start with a 30min stroll 5 times a day. You will start enjoying it. Then increase the time and start a brisk walk.
Myth: Eating late at night or just before you go to bed makes you gain weight.
Truth: Calories are calories.
If you eat too many and don’t exercise enough, you will gain weight. Eating late and going to bed simply doesn’t matter. When you eat too much your body has an amazing ability to store the extra calories as fat. Eating later people generally means that they have eaten more calories than they need.
Myth: The reason why I weigh more is my metabolic rate is low.
Truth: As people gain weight they increase not only body fat, but also some muscle to support that fat.
Approximately 20-30 percent of excess weight is muscle. Muscle tissue burns calories, so the more muscle a person has, the greater the metabolic rate. So in general, the more someone weighs, the greater their metabolic rate. This doesn’t include calories burned through physical activity.
Myth: Fad diets work best for permanent weight loss.
Truth: Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off.
You may lose weight at first on one of these diets. But diets that strictly limit calories or food choices are hard to follow. Most people quickly get tired of them and regain any lost weight. Diets that provide less than 800 calories per day also could result in heart rhythm abnormalities, which can be fatal. Research suggests that losing 1½ to 2 Kg a week by making healthy food choices, eating moderate portions, and building physical activity into your daily life is the best way to lose weight and keep it off. By adopting healthy eating and physical activity habits, you may also lower your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
Myth: High-protein is a healthy way to lose weight.
Truth: Getting most of your daily calories from high- protein foods like meat, eggs, and cheese is not a balanced eating plan.
You may be eating too much fat and cholesterol, which can cause heart disease. You may be eating too few fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which may lead to constipation due to lack of dietary fiber and cause a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. Following a high-protein diet may also make you feel nauseous, tired, and weak.
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