6 Weight Loss Myths You Should Ignore

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Maybe you’ve often thought about starting a weight loss diet. But if it appeared to be too much work or too hard to figure out, maybe you decided against it. Listening to some of the dieting advice that’s so readily available, you’ll find that there are a lot of myths. Hopefully, we can dispel some of them here.

1. The number one myth out there is that you can lose weight fast by eliminating as many calories as possible from your diet. This is an extremely unhealthy way to go about dieting.

Your body thinks it’s starving and will cling to its fat stores tenaciously.

2. In our search for quick weight loss, another myth will instruct us to eat just a certain kind of food. More eating binges have been caused by the latest single-food fad diet than anything out there. An unbalanced fad diet will result in not enough nutrients that are essential for good health and a strong immune system.

3. Maybe you think that it’s an irreversible error to slip up on your diet. And if you do, you must pay the price by doubling up on your workouts. This is totally wrong. It’s okay to have a slice of pizza once in awhile. It’s only necessary that you cut back on your calories for a day or two. You don’t have to work out for ages in order to make up for a small indulgence.

4. A popular myth is that you should avoid eating before bedtime because your body will just store all the calories as fat. This one isn’t true because a diet only means that you’re eating healthy and watching your caloric intake for the day. Having a light snack before bed isn’t going to make a big difference. That is, unless it’s a three course gourmet dinner or a family size tub of ice cream.

5. How about the one that says you can’t eat anything between meals? It’s actually healthier if you do snack occasionally. By enjoying small, frequent meals throughout the day, your hunger will never be out of control. When you cut out between meal snacks, you become ravenous before it’s time for the next meal. This might lead you to eat much more than your body needs just to ease your hunger pangs.

6. There’s another myth that says you shouldn’t consume any dairy products at all because they’re too fattening. However, don’t ban dairy products from your refrigerator, because they are loaded with healthy substances that your body needs. Indeed, there is research indicating that regular consumption of dairy products can lead to dropped pounds. Just make sure you limit your amounts and go for the low-fat versions.

Avoid being conned by all the myths about weight loss that abound on various websites. A balance of proper eating (most of the time) and exercise can work wonders for your healthy weight loss success.

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