Here are the honest truths for many popular myths and common misunderstanding about food diets.
1) Myth: Crash diets will help lose weight and keep it off
Reality: They do let you lose weight quickly usually because they are very low in its carbohydrate content, but unfortunately it compromises health and this weight loss is quickly retained once the crash diet is over.
2) Myth: Some people eat whatever they want and still lose weight
Reality: You lose weight when you burn more calories than you consume, however, other factors interfere in the process; like genetics and hormonal balance, so some people may eat more and still seem not to be gaining weight, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are healthy, because they may be skinny from the outside and obese from the inside.
3) Myth: Eating at night makes you fat
Reality: Calories count is the key word. If calories from your diet equal the calories you burn, you won’t gain weight, but good distribution of calories throughout the day does have a good effect on your health.
4) Myth: Low-fat or Fat-Free means no calories
Reality: A “low-fat” or “fat-free” written on a product does not necessarily mean that it has no calories; because it may contain other sources of energy from carbohydrate such as sugar, wheat, syrup, sauces, starch or others.
5) Myth: If I skip meals, I can lose weight
Reality: No it doesn't. Actually some studies show a link between skipping meals and obesity, especially meals as important as breakfast.
Many reasons could be causing that:
- One, because skipping meals may make you feel hungrier and lead you to eat more than you normally would at your next meal.
- Two, your body think you got into starvation mood, so it becomes more efficient at storing energy as assort of adaptation reflux.
- Small frequent meals are seen to help burn more calories than large less frequent meals throughout the day.
6) Myth: Fast foods are always unhealthy choice
Reality: Fast food has been considered as an unhealthy food choice because it’s high calorie and fat content, in addition to unhealthy type of fats. But now, a lot of restaurants and catering places offer some health-friendly food options, it just depends on you being smart about what you order.
7) Myth: if I work out, I lose weight
Reality: Again, it’s about calories balance; in and out. If you stress your body out in the gym, and then let yourself go free when you eat, or eat at the wrong timing before or after you exercise you won’t get to your goal.
8) Myth: Potatoes, rice and bread make you fat
Reality: Potatoes, rice and bread are just sources of carbohydrate; they won’t lead to gaining weight unless eaten in quantities that exceed your body needs.
9) Myth: Single food diets work
Reality: Not for a prolonged period of time. Why?
- They don’t change behavior towards food.
- They are usually for a short period of time, so they don’t last very much.
- They are unhealthy, because they don’t provide the body with all the essential nutrients, since there is no one food that has it all.
- They could be harmful sometimes; some of them could cause diarrhea or constipation or heartburn or some other issues.
10) White bread makes you fat, whole wheat bread doesn’t
Reality: An equal serving of white bread and whole bread has the same amount of calories, but whole wheat bread has some health advantages especially in its higher fiber content, that facilitates bowel movements and has been linked to reduce colon cancer.
Beside avoid these myths; you better avoid those 4 Weight loss mistakes.