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October 2, 2007 at 1:37 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Top 10 Diet Myths


So, you need to lose weight. Have you tried everything the "experts" have advised? If every diet, fad and trend has failed you, read on before you give up your late night snacking for the latest low-fat, no-fat wonder diet! Popular myths have remained in circulation for years due to inadequate and accurate education. Many times, people take something for truth without doing any real research and finding out what is RIGHT. In the following text, we will discuss several popular dieting myths, and the TRUTH behind them.

Myth #1: Low-fat or no fat diets are good for you

Fats are an essential part of any human being's diet. Cutting them out completely will lead to a significant loss of energy, and your body will not be able to maintain basic and vital function. The key here is to choose the RIGHT kind of fat. (Yes, there are good kinds, and bad kinds!) We will talk about the difference between these fats, and which options are right for you!

Myth #2: Crash dieting or fasting can make you lose weight

Starving yourself, fasting and crash dieting are all extremely unhealthy and only TEMPORARY fixes. Read to learn why you are doing more damage to yourself than you think, and why those miraculously disappearing pounds may not really be gone afterall.

Myth #3: Eating food late at night is more fattening

When it comes to late-night eating, most will emphatically tell you to steer clear of the snacks after around 6pm. The truth is however, it does not matter what time you ingest food, it has everything to do with WHAT you eat, and HOW you eat.

Myth #4: Having a slow metabolism prevents weight loss

The body burns more calories the heavier a person is, so it really has nothing to do with metabolism at all. Eating the right things the right way to increase metabolism is the key!

Myth #5: Fattening foods cause rapids weight gain

Eating that candy bar or piece of chocolate cake won't make you blow up overnight. It is only when fattening foods are continually eaten over a long period of time that you risk weight gain.

Myth #6: Low-fat foods are key to weight loss

Fat, low-fat or no-fat: they all make a difference if you eat too much. In this topic we'll discuss how you should focus on your daily caloric intake, not what the label at the store say!

Myth #7: Cholesterol is bad for you

Your body NEEDS cholesterol - just the right kind. We will discuss the differences between "good" and "bad" cholesterol and what foods you can find them in.

Myth #8: Vegetarians can't build muscle

This myth can't be further from the truth. With anyone, it all comes down to diet and including the correct vitamins, minerals, etc. Read to find out what vegetarians need to include in their diets.

Myth #9: If you quit smoking you will gain weight

Quitting smoking will NOT cause you to gain weight. Many times the smoker simply needs to fulfill that oral fixation and replaces a cigarette with food. Learn ways to avoid this.

Myth #10: Fast food isn't bad for you if you order chicken

The actual chicken may be healthier, but with all the toppings that dress it up, you may as well go for that burger you have your eye on! Continue with me as we discuss in detail each of these myths so you can reach your weight loss goal even QUICKER!

Look for Myth #1: Low-fat or no fat diets are good for you

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