There are many diet myths out there. Can you tell the different between the myths and the facts?
1. Myth or Fact? Fad diets (like no-carb diets) can lead to permanent weight loss.
Answer: Myth! Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off! They promise quick weight loss and tell you to cut certain foods out of your diet. You may lose weight at first, but any diet that strictly limits calories or food choices are hard to follow for the rest of your life. You will eventually get tired of following it and will regain any lost weight.
2. Myth or Fact? You should never skip meals.
Answer: Fact! Always start your day with a good breakfast that includes whole grain bread or cereal and lean protein like egg whites or turkey. Eat small, frequent meals and snacks to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. Under-eating can lead to fatigue, low concentration, and headaches.
3. Myth or Fact? If you work out very intensely (45 minutes or more per day), you don’t really need to change your diet to lose weight. You’ll burn off all the extra calories with exercise.
Answer: Myth! If you’re going to the gym regularly and still not losing weight, the problem is usually with your diet. To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you take in. As long as you’re eating more calories per day than your body is using, you’re going to see any one of three results: 1) You’ll gain weight, 2) You’ll maintain your current weight, or 3) You’ll lose weight very slowly (i.e., less than 1 lb. per week).
Even though you’re working out, you need to eat a balanced diet that keeps your body nourished yet within the range of calories necessary for you to lose weight. If you have questions about how many calories per day you should be eating, ask one of our personal trainers for help. Or you can use an online calculation tool like the Calorie Goals feature of MyPlate at Livestrong.com.
Bottom line: For lasting weight loss, stick to the facts!