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Dieting : Diet Myths

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Do you believe these 6 common Diet Myths?

The diet industry has grown into a multi billion pound industry and with this growth diet myths abound. Diet myths lead to unrealistic expectations and can also be bad for your overall health.

Here are 6 common diet myths to avoid:

Diet Myth 1. Crash dieting or fasting makes you lose weight, is one of the most common diet myths of all.

This can be true in the short term but losing weight over the long term burns off fat, and crash dieting not only removes fat but also lean muscle and tissue. It can also make you weak and unhealthy.

It's much better to try long term weight loss as short term weight loss can be traumatic and unhealthy.

Diet Myth 2. Cholesterol is bad for you, low or zero-fat diets are good for you.

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is made mostly by the liver and we all need some blood cholesterol as it's used to build cells and form vital hormones.

There is in fact good and bad cholesterol. Saturated fats found in food like meat, cheese, cream, butter and processed help raise LDL (low density lipoprotein) 'bad' cholesterol, this then delivers cholesterol to the arteries. HDL (high density lipoprotein) - or 'good' cholesterol - transports cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver.

Diet Myth 3. Certain food groups should be eliminated

Many fad diets emphasize the elimination of certain food groups or eating primarily only one or two food groups.

Your body is designed to be fueled by a combination of: Water, vitamins, and a combination of protein, fat, minerals, energy (carbohydrates), fiber, and oxygen and none should be omitted.

Diet Myth 4. Cutting fat from your diet will help weight loss

Eating things like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and skim milk, which provide lots of volume and relatively few calories can achieve this, but many processed fat-free and low-fat foods, such as cookies and frozen desserts, are actually very high in calories.

You can also gain weight if you consume lots of low-fat, carbohydrate-rich foods like pasta and bread. Always consider portion size and number of calories when looking to control weight.

Myth 5. Cutting carbohydrates helps you lose weight.

Carbs are now what fats were in the recent past, the enemy of weight loss. Fact is however, you need them for energy and vitality.

Like with fats, some are better than others. Experts suggest a minimum of 130 grams of carbs a day much more than a typical low-carb diets that states 20 grams or less.

Short-term effects of such diets include fatigue, constipation and irritability; long term, you could be putting yourself at risk from heart disease and colon cancer.

What matters most is how refined the carbohydrates are. The best idea is to cut back on refined carbs such as soda and foods made with white flour, while increasing healthier carbs like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

Diet Myth 6. Dairy products make you fat.

Combined with calorie control, a dairy-rich diet can nearly double body-fat reduction and weight loss and actually help prevent weight gain.

Part of the reason is the hormone calcitriol, which helps conserve calcium for stronger bones while telling fat cells to convert less sugar to fat and burn more body fat. The result is leaner fat cells and a slimmer you.

Sensible weight control

Did you believe any of the above diet myths? If you can read several more at our site, where you will find sensible advice on weight control without resorting to fad or extreme diets.


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