Everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to the best weight loss strategies. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of weight loss advice out there that just isn’t true. In fact, some weight loss myths will actually make you gain weight! Here are some of the biggest diet myths that exist, along with the reasons why you should stop believing them immediately.
“Fat-Free” Products Are The Best Option
Just because the label says “fat free” doesn’t mean it’s diet friendly. A lot of foods that contain absolutely no fat are chocked full of calories. Things like Gummi bears might sound tempting with “Zero Fat!” labels on the packaging, but don’t be fooled! A serving of 11 Gummi bears alone has a whopping 100 calories in it. Now imagine eating a family-size pack of them at the movies. Not a good idea. Besides, a little fat in your food will also help you feel more full and be less prone to over-eating.
Grazing Will Speed Up Your Metabolism
If you’re planning on snacking throughout the day to boost your metabolism, be careful. Adopting a grazing habit can actually pack on the pounds. Even if you plan on just having a handful of almonds throughout the day, you might end up eating a lot more than you intended to. Grazing continuously will also throw off your brain’s ability to detect when you’re actually hungry. You might start eating out of boredom as opposed to eating because you’re body actually needs energy. It’s a dangerous path to walk down.
You Can Pig Out After The Gym
Sure, exercise helps you lose weight or firm up, but the truth is, the amount of exercise it would take to lose just a pound of fat is actually quite extreme. If you’re just exercising but refuse to modify your diet, you’re not likely to lose weight that fast… or even at all, for that matter. Even worse: if you think you can eat more because you’re hitting the gym, you’ll probably gain even more weight than you had on you to begin with! Don’t get us wrong — exercise is great for both your physical and mental well being and can help you tone up your shape, but if you’re looking to drop serious pounds, you better focus on modifying your diet and don’t use exercise as an excuse to eat more.
Saturated Fats Are Bad
We all know trans fats aren’t the greatest, but saturated fats get a bad wrap for all the wrong reasons. Sure, the words “saturated” and “fat” together definitely sound like they’re dangerous for the waist line, but they actually help your body perform some pretty big functions, like helping it use calcium and omega 3s, boosting your immune system and protecting organs from disease. Some fats actually help your when your on a diet by notifying your brain that it feels satisfied, versus low or no-fat options of products like cheese and yogurt that often leave you wanting more. Sure, fat is high in calories, but if you stick to about 20 grams of saturated fat a day, you’ll be totally healthy. Remember, it’s calories that make people gain weight, no fat. A person who eats a high fat diet of under 2000 calories will lose weight, but a person who eats 3000 calories of low or no-fat food will gain weight. It’s that simple.
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