In the world of dieting there are a lot of myths and misconceptions. Here are a few high on everyone’s list right now, and why they are total bogus.
1. Skipping breakfast will help you lose weight
As much I wish it did it doesn’t. Statistics show that as many as one in four to one in two Americans don’t consume breakfast. (The amount of people who do varies from city to city.) Researchers have found that skipping breakfast can contribute to lowered metabolism and brain function, high cholesterol levels, weight gain, heart disease, and iron deficiency among other things. Just some more reasons to consume breakfast, preferably a healthy one.
2. Crash Dieting/Fasts Will Help Me Lose Weight in the Long Term.
Three words: Starvation doesn’t work.
Even though you will see results immediately, almost overnight a lot of the weight that you lose comes from fluids within the body and lean muscle mass. And even if you think you lost the last eight pounds for good, a good percentage of that will come back after you return to consuming food.
3. Eating Late at Night Will Cause You to Get Fat
As much as I was told this when I was younger, it seems to be false. Scientists at Oregon Health and
4. Carbs Are Bad for Weight Loss
You see everywhere, low carb diet plans, people are losing weight on these diets, why don’t I try one? To start off, carbs are important energy sources for your body. To go on a diet without carbs, your body would begin to feed on its muscles and fat reserves for energy, and would lead you to feel tired. The truth is that there are a plethora of carbs in unhealthy foods (think chips and Twinkies) and there are a plethora of carbs healthy foods like watermelon, potatoes and shredded wheat, although high in carbs, they are very nutritious and healthy. Would you want to cut out healthy foods too?
5. Drinking Excessive Water Will Help You Lose Weight
Yes, if the only thing you drink is soda and sugar sweetened beverages it would make sense that drinking water instead of those drinks would help you lose weight via cutting calories. But to consume ten bottles of water for the sole purpose of losing weight without strenuous sweat-inducing exercise is just plain silly. Most of that water will pass through you. Plus, who wants to have to use the restroom every twenty minutes?