Busting the Five Myths of Dieting and Weight Loss

weight loss, lose fatFiguring out how to lose weight? For the past 40 years, virtually every weight loss model has been based on the same principles, and virtually all of them have been wrong. Many people device plans on how to lose those dreaded pounds off their bodies. The experts keep on emphasizing that we should “Eat less, exercise more.” They said that weight loss is all about “calories in, calories out.” They informed us that a pound of fat contained roughly 3,500 calories, so if you simply deleted 500 calories, or some combination thereof, you’d lose a pound of fat a week. And if you wanted to know how to lose a certain amount of pounds, you would just have to count your calorie intake per day. If you wanted to lose two pounds a week, you just had to double your savings to 1,000 calories a day, which is exactly how an anorexic would approach the problem. Maybe you have tried every kind of diet there is or even skipped meals just to reduce your calories, only to discover that you become hungrier easily and gain more weight in return. When it comes to weight loss and weight management, there is not one solution which can be applicable to everyone. Below are the five myths of dieting and weight loss:

Myth#1 You must deprive yourself of food in order to lose weight. Holding off on food you enjoy is no fun at all. And besides, depriving yourself of food only makes you hungrier and makes it more likely that you engage in binge-eating. Diet does not necessarily mean depriving, it just means that we should watch what we eat and should look for healthier options when deciding what to eat. Moderation is key.

Myth#2 You can’t eat between meals. If you sit down to lunch thinking that you won’t  be able to eat until dinner, your tendency is to eat more in order to make up for the amount of hours that you won’t be able to eat. Therefore, you will take in more calories than if you just ate to handle the hunger you feel at the moment.

Myth#3 All breads, pastas, rice, and potatoes should be avoided. All bread products are not created equally. Some processed bread products contain only empty calories. Except for a little enrichment, most of these types of products will do nothing that to cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar, the thing you don’t want if you want to optimize your health, avoid some diseases, and lose weight. It is very important to read the labels and look for breads which are “whole grain” and “sprouted grain”. When it comes to potatoes, choosing yams or sweet potatoes will cause less increase in your blood sugar levels.

Myth#4 Nuts are fattening and should not be eaten. When eaten in small quantities, nuts can be a part of a healthy weight-loss program. While it is true that they are high in calories and fat, most nuts contain healthy fats that do not clog arteries. Nuts are also good sources of protein, dietary fibers, and minerals including magnesium and copper.

Myth#5 You should stick to that diet no matter what. Diets are one of the main causes of excess weight. Dieting will never be a long term solution. You should realize that you cannot stay on a single particular diet indefinitely. You may want to develop a weekly food plan which you can prepare based on the occasion and food-availability. There may also be times where you may need to tweak or modify your diet here and there so sticking to a strict diet is not really that practical.