When it comes to weight loss, people have been hearing all kinds of myths about it, many of which are just that – myths. So, for those of us who want to lose some weight, but do it in a healthy way, how do we differentiate between truth and myth?
Truth or Myth?
Many of the myths out there about weight loss are not only lies, they are also dangerous, and a lot of people have become seriously ill because they followed the weight loss advice that they read in some magazine without first consulting a physician.
The following are some of the most common weight loss myths, and the real truth behind those myths.
Myth: Strict diets work better than those that allow dieters to have the occasional treat.
Truth: It is extremely difficult to stick to a strict diet, and unless the dieter is on it because it was
prescribed by a physician for health reasons, he or she will probably backslide and end up binging on treats.
Myth: Extremely low-calorie diets help you lose weight faster.
Truth: Not only is it unhealthy to eat a diet that is extremely low in calories because you are not getting the proper nutrition, you will not lose weight faster than you would by eating more.
Myth: Fad diets are a great way to lose weight quickly.
Truth: Many people do lose 10 or 20 pounds quickly when they are on fad diets, but these diets are usually very unhealthy, and the dieters are not getting the proper nutrients they need to remain strong and healthy. The majority of people who lose any weight on a fad diet usually gain it back and then some once they are off the diet.
Myth: Snacking between meals causes weight gain.
Truth: It is actually healthier to eat a number of smaller meals throughout the day than just three large ones; snacking throughout the day will not cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss, as long as you are eating treats that are healthy (which can be delicious with a little bit of imagination). Popcorn is a delicious choice, as are almonds, which along with tasting great, are loaded with protein and will give you an energy burst when eaten as a mid-afternoon snack.
Before beginning any sort of weight loss plan, it is important to consult with a physician to make sure that the diet will provide the nutrients that you need to lose weight and stay healthy. And your doctor will be able to shed some light on other diet myths as well, so you can learn how to make healthy diet choices.
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