There are a lot of diet advice out there on the internet that are just not true. Things like “you have to starve yourself in order to lose weight” or “you have to workout 6 times a day and only rest once a week in order to shed off the pounds”.
There are many popular diet myths circulating on the internet and in this article, I will debunk 5 of the most popular ones. Starting with…
- Crash Dieting is the Best Diet Ever. You’ve all heard about Crash dieting, right? The premise of crash dieting is to severely restrict your calorie intake. In other words, you starve yourself. This diet myth prevails up to this day because of what we were taught in our early years of education. We are taught that calories contribute to our weight gain and that not eating anything at all will result in us not gaining weight. Sounds simple, right? The problem with this myth is that it is not how our body’s work. You see, when we deprive ourselves of food and we forcefully starve ourselves thinking that it will help us lose weight, it will just slow down our metabolism. That is because our bodies would think that it didn’t get any nutrition and thus, it will undergo a “survival” phase wherein metabolism is put on the back seat. If you want to lose weight, do not starve yourself, period.
- Compensating Increased Calorie Intake with Exercise. A lot of people think that they can just burn the calories they’ve taken in through vigorous exercise. Technically, you do burn calories when you workout, but if you’re trying to lose weight, I suggest you change your eating habits. According to health experts, workouts only contribute 30% of your weight loss endeavors and the remaining percentage is tied to your diet. You can have cheat meals from time to time, but do not expect that by compensating it through exercising will help you in the long run. Keep your diet in check.
- Low-calorie Foods are the Way to Go. I am willing to bet that your local supermarket has tons of “low-calorie, low-fat” foods. A lot of people tend to think that by eating these substitutes that they will lose a lot of weight. But, some researchers disagree with this. Eating low-calorie food variants actually help you eat more because of the fact that these foods lack flavor. What do experts advocate? Eat real, fresh foods and watch your portions.
- Depriving Yourself. This is pretty common in diet communities. Depriving yourself of the foods you want to eat is the way to go if you want to lose weight, but that doesn’t really help in the long term. If you continuously deprive yourself, you’re sucking your willpower so much. I will not be surprised if you just snapped one day and just eat a lot of unhealthy foods because of this. So, what are you going to do? Do not deprive yourself. If you want to eat pizza, you can do so. Just make sure that you do not eat the entire pizza; a slice or two would suffice.
- Diet Pills is the solution to weight loss. There are a lot of weight-loss pills out on the market. I am not saying they’re not effective but if you’re solely relying on them, you will not enjoy long-term weight loss. Remember, weight-loss pills are just supplements and should remain as such. Supplements should not replace your actual meals; you still need to eat right.
I hope that this article has enlightened you about the 5 popular diet myths. If you truly want to lose weight, do it the right way. This article serves as a guide for you.