10 Myths About Weight Loss and Dieting
Everyday we're inundated with rules of what to do and what not to do when it comes to dieting. How are we supposed to make sense of it all? Here's some insight into ten commonly misunderstood dieting myths.
1. It's Low Fat. I Can Eat More.
Low fat foods are to be used in place of regular foods. Eating an excess of low fat is no better than eating a smaller portion of a regular fat food.
2. Fast Food Is Bad for You
Fast food can be bad for you, but doesn't have to be. If you must consume fast food, choose broiled or baked options as often as possible. Avoid deep fried foods like french fries or breaded chicken. Get light mayonnaise or dressing, and skip the cheese. Choose apples or raisins instead of chips wherever possible. Try the kids menu for portion control.
3. All Fat Is Unhealthy
Not all fat is equal. Essential fatty acids (Omega-3) are really good for your body in small quantities. These can be found in nuts and seeds, fish and avocados, among other foods. Limit your intake of saturated fats which raise your cholesterol and clog arteries. Cook with olive oil if you need oil, or use broth or water.
4. Meat Is Fattening
Not all meat is equal either. Lean cuts of meat are fine and can provide you with essential amounts of protein, iron, and other vitamins. Avoid ground beef with a high fat content and other fatty cuts of meat.
5. Don't Eat Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates aren't so bad, it's the fats and sugars that come along with them that are bad for your body. Carbohydrates found in vegetables and whole grains help by providing energy and keeping you full.
6. Skipping Meals Will Cut Calories
Skipping meals actually tends to make us increase calorie intake. When we skip a meal, we tend to be ravenous later and are more likely to over eat unhealthy snacks. By eating regular meals and having a snack in between, it's easier to eat well.
7. Eat Only Three Meals a Day
Eating three meals a day is something we've always been told. But it doesn't work for everyone. Some people are better off eating four or five smaller meals throughout the day, keeping energy levels regular.
8. Don't Eat Sweets
Sweets can be eaten in moderation. There are many ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without loading on the sugar and fat. It's important to give in to your body's cravings once in a while, and it decreases your likelihood of overindulging.
9. Omit Dairy
Dairy in moderation can be very good for you. By choosing low or non fat dairy options you can get the protein and calcium your body needs without all the fat.
10. Brown Breads Are Whole-Wheat Breads.
More and more breads are trying to fool customers into thinking they're whole-grain breads. Examine packaging carefully, and look for breads whose first ingredients are whole-wheat products.