Weight Loss Myths
Weight Loss Myths
"Must Know" Weight Loss Myths Continued
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".
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.
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.
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
all the weight loss myths, this is the one I feel is the most
important to really understand.
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
is at a healthy level to lose weight and keep your
#8 Don't Eat Late
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.
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
just make sure it’s in moderation.
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
the above statement is fairly accurate, the reason this is listed in
the weight loss myths is to clarify that no foods have negative
Negative calorie foods are those foods that
require more energy to digest than the amount of energy in the item
So the net effect would be that you burn more calories than you
consumed with these negative calorie foods.
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.
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
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
fact they do, for a short time. Read your goals again – is
goal just a short term weight loss, only to put the pounds back
on? Probably not.
What you are looking for is that lifelong
weight loss. Once you’ve lost that weight, you want to keep
There are some extremely low carb or low calorie
diets that do have a good success rate like the Atkins Diet or
Just make sure you have a good maintenance plan so that it
can become an eating style you can live with. Remember, it’s
lifestyle change – no a short term weight loss.
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