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Dieting : The Most Popular Diet Myths


  • Need to lose weight or maybe embark on a no-fat detox frenzy so that your sluggish metabolic process begins?
  • Ever tried dieting, perhaps to cut excess weight and attain the right summer figure?

Whether you have spent a few weeks of your life going through the seemingly insurmountable, tiring alleys of dieting or not, trust me, some myths and urban-lies can make your feel sweaty. Nearly everything said by the ‘successful graduates’ of the various dieting plans suddenly become philosophical. What’s more, every dieting program becomes the best, backed by proven results and a host of reviewers from all parts of the globe.

There are the outright lies, the bizarre rules and then, there are the many diet myths.

Are low-fat foods goods? Does eating just one mega meal at the wee hours of the morning every day perfect for shedding those kilos?

Consider the following five diet myths and opinions.

Myth #1: Low-fat and No-fat foods are okay for anyone dieting.


Fact: Although fats are the major contributors of the excess pounds, leading dieticians are vehemently fighting against the most popular myth. For women, the body needs 30-70g of fat every day, and men need 40-90g of fat because these fats that energize the body, transport vitamins and even serve as the outer protective layer of the body. So, instead of living in No-fat diets, it’s important to cut down on all saturated fats.

Myth #2: Fasting makes you lose weight


Fact: There’s a type of dieting that is centered on the idea of fasting as a way of depriving the body food so that reserves are used up. While it basically works, fasting ultimately hinders weight loss and may trigger various forms of ill-health. Alongside that, anyone who fasts to lose weight automatically gains weight once he or she returns to the earlier healthy eating regimen.

Myth #3: Slow metabolism inhibits weight loss


Fact: In the midst of the many enthusiastic weight loss hopeful’s hassles is a seemingly popular myth. And, as much as many of them subscribe to this lie, studies show that resting metabolism increases as a person gains weight. In simple terms, an obese individual needs more calories to keep critical processes going. So, maintaining a sedentary lifestyle equals keeping the process of eliminating fats low, which then spur weight gain.

Myth #4: Cholesterol is BAD!

Fact: Cholesterol is a fatty compound made by the human liver. And, although cholesterol is perhaps the most dreaded substance, ‘good’ cholesterol is proving to be the best as it builds cells and aids in the making of vital hormones. Low-density lipoprotein, otherwise called ‘bad’ proteins can be fatal because they form deposits that clog arteries and eventually trigger heart disease. So, to overcome this myth, it’s only important that you stick to unsaturated fats, oils, seeds and nuts alone.

Myth #5: You can gain weight upon quitting smoking


Fact: First and foremost, it is important to mention that tobacco use and weight gaining (or weight loss) have no relationship whatsoever. Upon quitting smoking, some people frequently gain some pounds, others lose or just stay the way they were.

Indeed nicotine that’s present in tobacco has a subtle effect on the body’s metabolism. But the subtle effect can only be apparent when the habit of smoking is replaced with another practice that can affect the body’s healthy weight. The cravings will be there, but it is important to eat healthy foods instead of eating sugary and fatty foods.

Other common myths:

  • The banana myth.
  • Low-fat foods only help lose weight quickly.
  • Small servings are the key to losing weight.
  • It is always hard to lose weight if you are old.
  • All dieting plans work without the need to work out.


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