There are so many myths surrounding dieting and losing weight that it is impossible to keep track of them all. On DietNation, we will attempt to clarify some of the most popular, and explain why these myths will be of no help to you in reaching your weight loss goals.
Myth #1: Low-fat foods can help you lose weight
Fact: There are tons of low-fat and fat-free foods on the market, but it’s important to remember that fat-free doesn’t always mean calorie-free. Many of these reduced fat items simply substitute sugars for fat, and therefore may contain more calories than the regular version. Also, many of these foods don’t satisfy cravings, and may often cause dieters to over-indulge, believing the reduced-fat choice is ‘healthier’ for them. If you’re craving an Oreo cookie, it’s better just to have one and leave it at that.
Myth #2: If I cut out the calories I consume at breakfast I can lose weight
Fact: No way! Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. It provides you with the fuel you need for the remainder of the day, satisfies your hunger first thing in the morning, and also helps prevent overeating later in the day. The calories you consume at breakfast are essential in helping you lose weight.
Myth #3: Foods like celery, grapefruit and cabbage soup can create a negative calorie deficit in your body and help to burn fat
Fact: If only! There is no such thing as a magical food, and no food is going to help burn fat. These foods are healthy and nutritious choices that can be included in your weight loss plan, but don’t rely on them to burn fat.
Myth #4: Eating at night causes weight gain
Fact: It is not the eating at night, but rather eating too many calories at night that causes you to gain weight. It doesn't matter what time of day you overeat, it will still lead to weight gain. For many dieters who restrict their food intake during the day, nighttime may become the time to indulge. And it is indulging that causes weight gain.
Myth 5: If you’re on a diet you should avoid dairy products
Fact: Dairy products are a great part of a healthy weight loss plan; you just have to make the right choices. Choose dairy that is low in fat, such as skim or low-fat milk. These choices still taste great while providing calcium and protein, which are essential to your weight loss plan.