Weight Loss Diet Misconceptions

People have many ideas of what the ideal weight loss diet may be. While an ideal diet may differ from person to person based on a variety of factors and preferences, there might also be certain diet misconceptions that a lot of people believe to be true. Here are just some of them.

Myth 1: Calorie counting is all that matters when losing weight.

People tend to believe that having a calorie deficit by using more calories than you take in is the most important factor when it comes to losing weight. In a way, that may be effective. But it is not all that will matter in the long term. There are other factors you also need to consider when losing weight. You should also consider other factors into the equation such as hormonal imbalances, hypothyroidism, genetics, metabolic rates and others. For long term effects, sustainability as well as diet quality is also significant factors in losing weight. Calorie counting only focuses on the number of calories you take in, not on the nutritional value that you get from the food you eat.

Myth 2: Low fat processed foods are healthy alternatives to losing weight.

A lot of people trying to lose weight have long been misled by the low-fat or fat-free trend. They are led to believe that this will help them lose weight by choosing only the low-fat or fat-free alternatives. But most people should consider that these products are still processed in order to remove or to lessen the fat content. But if you look closely, these so-called alternatives contain more added sugar and salt in order to make them more appealing, taste wise. This makes them become an unhealthy choice. It may be better for you by eating what you may call “regular food” with portion control rather than following the low-fat or fat-free trend.

Myth 3: Eating small and frequent meals is best for metabolism and weight loss.

The method of eating small but frequent meals has become a popular option for losing weight. It tends to keep people feeling full throughout the day, making them less likely to go hungry and be tempted to overeat. In terms of weight loss it may not be the best option you have. Although it may be helpful for those with conditions such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and even those with coronary artery disease, eating small and frequent meals may not always matter on your weight loss, just as long as you meet your body’s energy needs. Studies also indicate that having a regular meal pattern may be a better option especially for your health rather than the frequency of your meals.

 

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