Weight Loss Myths

Weight Loss Myths

10 "Must Know" Weight Loss Myths Continued

Here are the next weight loss myths. If you have not read the first five, just use the link at the bottom of this page to see the first five.

#6 Don't Snack Between Meals

This myth might be due to interpretation of "snacking".

If you are munching on potato chips, snacking on chocolate candies or grabbing a hot fudge sundae between meals, then the above statement would be true and not a myth.

However, if your snacking is really just another small healthy meal, then the above statement would be a myth.

Experts are now saying the best method is to eat smaller meals more often. You should aim for eating 5 or 6 times a day of healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, lean meats, etc.

Eating smaller, healthier meals more often is a great metabolism booster.  By eating more often, in smaller portions, you are keeping your metabolism active. 

Additionally, you reduce the risk of getting “cravings” because you are not letting yourself get too hungry and therefore you won’t feel the need to binge.

So go ahead and snack between meals but choose the healthier options and avoid the foods high in fats and sugars.

#7 The Lower the Calories, the Faster I will Lose

woman eating tomatoOf all the weight loss myths, this is the one I feel is the most important to really understand.  

Although basic weight loss is about calories in and calories out, be careful not to go too low on the calorie intake. 

Your body’s natural instincts will take over, putting you into “starvation mode”. 

Your body will start to store the fat for future potential fuel and your metabolism will slow down to conserve the body’s energy. 

Make sure your calorie intake is at a healthy level to lose weight and keep your metabolism working.

#8 Don't Eat Late

woman holding clockAlthough many people believe this to be a weight loss tip, it is actually found more often in weight loss myths.

Remember, it’s all about calories in and out. So, if your late night (healthy) snack doesn’t put you over your calorie intake, then it won’t affect your weight loss.

But beware, a lot of late night snacking can be a “binge” eating because you’ve been craving something all week or day. 

If this is why you are snacking, just make sure it’s in moderation.

Of course, if you are eating right before you climb into bed and your body is at rest, these calories do not have a chance to be burned away with your daily activities.

So this myth does have some common sense and is not a bad rule to follow. So try avoiding eating right before bed. Try to get in your snack at least an hour before bed.

#9 I Can Eat All The Negative Calories Foods I Want

While the above statement is fairly accurate, the reason this is listed in the weight loss myths is to clarify that no foods have negative calories.

Negative calorie foods are those foods that require more energy to digest than the amount of energy in the item itself.

So the net effect would be that you burn more calories than you consumed with these negative calorie foods.

While these foods, such as celery, apples, pickles, grapefruit and more are healthy choices, they do come with some calorie content.

Given that these foods require more energy to digest than what is consumed, you would be safe in eating as much as you like.

However, still track the total calories consumed and calories burned to ensure you lose weight.

Another myth to understand is about fat free and sugar free foods. While some people believe that fat free or sugar free means calorie free, this is not always the case.

While there are some food items, such as diet soda, that have zero calories, they also do not offer any nutritional value. You want to focus on foods that provide nutritional values while staying within your calorie intake allowance for weight loss.

#10 Fad Diets Work

In fact they do, for a short time. Read your goals again – is your goal just a short term weight loss, only to put the pounds back on?  Probably not.

atkins logoWhat you are looking for is that lifelong weight loss. Once you’ve lost that weight, you want to keep it off. 

There are some extremely low carb or low calorie diets that do have a good success rate like the Atkins Diet or Medifast.

Just make sure you have a good maintenance plan so that it can become an eating style you can live with. Remember, it’s a lifestyle change – no a short term weight loss.

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