5 Weight Loss Myths

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Many women struggle with being overweight throughout all their life. There are many diets and theories that offer one or another way to lose weight. However, they are not always helpful, and some of them are myths at all. Let us have a look at the most popular myths about weight loss.

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Don’t Eat after 6 PM

Everyone, who wants to lose weight, without exception knows that it is not recommended to eat after six o’clock in the evening. Hence comes myth number one. Do not eat after 6 p.m. Many nutritionists agree that junk food must not be eaten before bedtime, so dinner should be two or three hours before bedtime.So, if you go to bed at nine o’clock, then yes, indeed, it is not recommended to eat after 6 p.m., but if your day mode lasts till midnight, and you go to bed even after midnight, spending as many as six or more hours without food would be a real trouble for the stomach.

Eat Fat-Free Foods Only

Another common theory among those fighting obesity is commitment to low-fat foods. So, myth number two is the rejection of products containing much fat. Why is it dangerous?Our irrepressible desire is to complete the task as quickly as possible (to lose weight in a matter of three days). We start to exclude from our own diet the products with any level of fat and replace them with low-fat counterparts. This is wrong.The fact is that we need a full range of nutrients, vitamins and minerals for the effective activity of the whole organism. When any functional unit, such as fat, is excluded from food for a long time, it breaks the whole chain of metabolism in the body. There may come a serious failure, which will be even harder to fight than overweight.It is better to resort to the rule of “golden mean”: be careful to consume the foods with no more than 15 percent of fat at a time.

Count Calories of Foods You Eat

Myth number three is that you need to follow the calorie content of products. This myth is not devoid of common sense, however, you should not go to a restaurant with a calculator to count calories. The point is in the amount of food consumed and its diversity. As already mentioned, the main thing is not to disturb the balance of substances in the body. Even if you want to eat cake, do it, but a very small piece. You cannot reject eating everything, so the thought about something you really want but cannot afford eating will eventually overpower the desire to lose weight and you will eat your favorite foods with pleasure. The main thing is to reduce portions. Remember that one dish cannot replace another one. For example, a substantial dinner (the first course) cannot be replaced by nuts, fruit, berries. Nuts and fruit, if they do replace your dinner, will bring you much more calories than a small piece of lean beef, fish or chicken with a light salad.Olives are very high in calories, but if you eat lots of them. Avocado is even comparable to a big dough-bun. The opposite example: a cup of yogurt contains a lot of calories, but it is difficult to eat lots of it, so the calories are not important – again, if you do not eat a dozen of yogurts at a time. Soup is quite high in calories, it adds strength, and since it is mostly liquid, it does not affect the excess weight.

Negative Calorific Value

The third myth implies the fourth one – negative calorific value. The products with such calorific value include vegetables and herbs, whose calories are burned by the body immediately. In fact, the weight is not affected by these products, but they do not bring any satiety, and we want sandwiches, cakes and chocolates again. Therefore, it is practically pointless to be determined to eat only such foods.

Drinking Cold Water

And the last point – number five in our list of myths about weight loss – is that drinking cold water helps to lose weight. It is worth noting that by drinking two liters of this water a day, you could spend only 70 kcal that will have no serious influence on the weight.

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