Dieting : Diet Myths
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
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
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
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