Common Dieting Myths

Dieting can be made difficult not just by the effort one has to put on it. Sometimes, the effectiveness of some diet programs may elude many people simply by the fact that some may have some preconceived notions that turn out to be false. There are certain myths concerning dieting today that a lot of people believe might be true. Here are some of them.

Myth 1: Slow metabolism prevents one from losing weight.

A lot of people seem to find it discouraging that they have a rather slow metabolism that prevents them from losing weight. A lot of people are led to believe that having a higher metabolism may help them effectively lose weight. But this can be far from the truth. Many people believe that there are fortunate people who truly have higher metabolisms and there are people like them who find it hard to lose weight. But the fact is that the rate of metabolism alone should not be the main reason why some people lose weight and some do not. From a scientific point of view, people who are heavier usually have higher metabolic rates. It is possible that people who are obese have a higher basal metabolism as compared to some who are leaner.

Myth 2: Avoiding all high-fat foods may help you lose weight.

This myth may still be quite easy to believe as true. Avoiding fat in the diet may help you lose weight. But there are studies that show it may not be the cutting of all types of fat in one’s diet that may help in reducing your weight. Good choices of fat added in the diet may actually help weight loss become more effective.

High fat foods like nuts and dairy may actually help you lose weight more effectively than by just simply banishing them from your daily diet. In a blind study, women who took calcium by drinking milk and eating cheese lost the most fat as well as maintained leaner body tissue than those who did not.

As for nuts, this food group have been always known to be high in fat and calories. But they usually contain what is known as good fats. Nuts contain essential fatty acids such as linoleic and linolenic acids which are needed to have healthy skin and hair, blood pressure control, blood clotting and better immune response. Adding them into your diet may actually help you more than by avoiding them. Moderation is the key.

Myth 3: Skipping meals help you lose weight faster.

For some people, trying to lose weight means trying to skip on eating certain meals. They believe that skipping a meal would help prevent adding up excess weight. But the truth is that skipping meals may actually make it harder and harder to lose weight. Starving the body puts it into survival mode and sends signals to the brain that it needs to pile up on calories as fat in order to survive. This may take effect quickly the moment the body feels that it is starving.

Myth 4: There are popular fad diets that are effective.

A lot of people believe that certain diets are popular because they are effective. That is why there are still people who consider using a recently popular weight loss program and adopt it as their way to lose weight. Such diet programs may become effective up to a certain point. But as the fad diet slowly becomes unpopular, people also get tired of them. It is during this time that the weight slowly come back.

The reason why fad diets seldom become effective in the long term is because they are not something that most people would want to follow for long periods of time. They can only be as effective as long as people are disciplined enough to follow them. The most effective diet is one that a person adopts as a lifestyle and not just something of a passing fancy.

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