Common Food Myths
With all of the information about weight loss on the internet and in your social circle, it can be easy to fall into the trap of certain food myths about weight loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tackled this confusion head-on and dispelled a lot of rumors that may help you with your diet plan moving forward:
Myth #1: I shouldn't eat any fat.
Fact: Not all fats are created equal! Eating small portions of lean meats and nuts that contain fats can actually be a healthy way to get your protein intake for the day - just make sure to exercise portion control.
Myth #2: Cutting out starches is the best way to lose weight.
Fact: Low-carb diets aren't for everyone. This may come as a surprise to many dieters, since in the United States, carbs have become the enemy of many weight loss plans. However, many foods high in starches - like whole grain cereals, beans and fruits - are actually low in fat and calories and give you the energy you need when you exercise.
Myth #3: Eating after 8:00 p.m. leads to weight gain.
Fact: A calorie is a calorie, no matter what time of day it is. However, if you do get the late-night munchies, be sure to think about what you have eaten throughout the day and how that plays into your caloric intake. This is why tracking calories is so important!
Myth #4: Going vegetarian will help me lose weight.
Fact: Vegetarians can make bad food choices too. If you decide to take on a vegetarian diet, it is important to realize that this isn't a cure-all for weight loss. Vegetarians do, on average, eat fewer calories than those who eat meat, but they can also eat high-fat and high-calorie foods (macaroni and cheese, anyone?) just like the rest of us.
Myth #5: Skipping meals is a good way to drop pounds.
Fact: People who skip meals tend to binge eat later on. It may seem like a good idea to skip breakfast as a way to cut back on calories, but studies have shown that people who eat fewer times during the day tend to become overweight. Eating four or five small meals per day can cut back on cravings and make you less likely to overeat during lunch or dinner.
When you begin your diet plan, make sure to separate fact from fiction - diet, exercise and keeping track of your calories are still the best ways to keep your energy up and weight down!