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4 Diet Myths and Misconceptions

Diet Misconceptions

Maintaining a healthy weight is an essential condition for keeping good health. However, when trying to lose weight, we often go about it the wrong way. Living in the twenty-first century, we often can effortlessly obtain information from the internet. Nevertheless, there remains a lot of misinformation about diets and losing weight which adds on to the confusion. So here are some of the false information that you might have come across and we will be debunking these myths!

1. Carbohydrates are fattening

A popular myth that has been circulating throughout the internet is that carbohydrates are fattening. This is completely untrue, as gram for gram, carbohydrates have less than half the calories of fats (4 kcal vs 9 kcal). In addition, carbohydrates are our body’s main source of energy, therefore it is essential to have some carbohydrates in our diet. However, it is important to keep in mind your portion sizes and also choose the right type of carbohydrates. Do opt for whole grain carbohydrates such as oats, brown rice and whole meal rice and pasta instead of the white versions or sugary food and drinks.

2. You can’t eat after 8pm

It doesn’t matter what time of the day that you eat, what truly matters is how much you eat the entire day, what you eat and how much physical activity you do. Those are the essentials that you have to pay attention to as it is what determines whether you lose or gain weight. No matter what time of the day you eat, your body will store any excess calories as fat. However, it is advisable to avoid a heavy meal right before bed time as this could possibly lead to digestion issues.

3. You cannot eat treats

The issue with depriving oneself from certain types of food that you enjoy would not work in the long term. This would in turn cause you to want to eat those foods that you crave even more. Eventually, you would give in to the temptation and abandon your efforts, and result in the feelings of guilt and failure. There’s no harm in allowing yourself to have some treats from time to time as this helps to satisfy your cravings and keep you mentally better as well. It will be a good idea to plan the amount and frequency of the treats that you enjoy so that you would not overeat.

4. Certain food can burn fats

There isn’t any type of food that can actually help you to burn fat. There are only foods that have thermogenic properties that can help to boost your metabolism. Chili peppers, green tea, ginger, eggs, broccoli and dark leafy greens are some examples of food which has thermogenic properties that could help to boost your metabolism which might assist you in losing weight. The important thing is to consume fewer calories than you are using to burn fat and lose weight. In order to burn 1 pound of fat, we need to be in a caloric deficit of 3500 calories.

Despite the ease of accessibility of information via the internet, it is crucial that we filter out the false information to avoid any misconceptions. Essentially when it comes to dieting, we shouldn't look at it as something short-term, we should strive to make it something long-term, one that we can incorporate into our lifestyle and make it habitual. In addition, we need to have a well-balanced meal consisting of carbohydrates, protein and fats, and to consume enough calories but not overeat at the same time, allow some room for treats to satisfy our cravings.

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