Busting The Diet Myths

As the world becomes more obsessed with weight loss and dieting, everybody seems to have the right to claim that their method of losing weight is the correct way of doing so.  However, we should realize that our bodies work differently.  Your weight loss plan may work differently on my body.  It is all about how to filter out the good advice and eliminating the not-so-good ones.  Here are some dieting myths that you need to bust.

Do not eat meals to lose weight

Snacking is just as important as your main meals, as healthy snacking keeps your blood sugar levels even and your metabolism on a high.  What you should be mindful of, instead, is the amount of calories you spend on every meal.  A well-planned eating plan every several hours can lessen the instances of hunger and leave you unlikely to overeat on the next meal.

Foods with “diet” on it help you lose weight

Food products with low-fat, low-carb, lite, or diet on their labels are simply marketing gimmicks to make you stay on your diet plan, even if the effect of some of these products are just as or even less beneficial than their regular counterparts.  Didn’t you notice how these diet foods are more expensive than regular food products?  This is because food companies tend to cash in on dieters.  In reality, foods that have reduced fat, less sugar, and even lesser carbohydrates are not necessarily low in calories.  Make sure to read the label and check out for red flags like “corn syrup” or “artificial sweeteners.”

Eating late at night can make you gain weight

Stored food during sleep does not simply turn into fat.  In reality, the food that you eat can turn into fat at any time of the day.  However, eating a lot before bedtime can increase your risk of gastric reflux disease (or heart burn), thus making your sleep uncomfortable.  Also, mindless snacking can put off your caloric monitoring.

Discontinuing your exercise can turn your muscle into fat

Fat and muscle are two different things.  One can never turn into another, as they are made up of completely different cell structures.  Your muscles are always active, while your fat just sits there and do nothing.  However, muscle inactivity may slowly cause atrophy, while increased exercise increases your body’s metabolism at rest, which helps burn fat.