There are so many quick fixes and dieting techniques out there, and we constantly see advertisements raving about how effective they are.Today we’ll bust some of the dieting myths that are floating around so that you can reach your goals in a healthy manner.
Here are 4 major dieting myths BUSTED:
Skipping Meals Will Help Me Lose Weight
I wish I had a buzzer to ring every time I heard this claim. Skipping meals won’t just NOT help you lose weight, practicing this can actually lead to weight gain. Your body is made to burn calories from the food we eat so that we can get energy from the glucose that our bodies form. When you skip a meal, your metabolic rate slows down and holds onto your fat reserves tightly because it anticipates further energy deprivation. Instead of burning the fat reserves as energy, it begins to burn off the glycogen reserves in your muscles and liver. By skipping meals, you’re making your body hungry and you’re more likely to overeat at your next meal or fight off your hunger with high calorie or high fat foods. This cycle leads to a roller coaster ride of blood sugar levels which perpetuates cravings and more overeating to curb the waves of hunger.
Skipping meals can also lead to a dangerous pattern of restricting your food intake and then bingeing, which can lead to the formation of disordered eating habits. As long as you’re making a conscious effort to eat a fairly healthy diet that allows for some indulgences, you should be just fine.
Juice Cleanses Detox My Body
Juice cleanses do something to your body, but it definitely isn’t a detox. These cleanses involve only drinking juices specific to each cleanse for a certain period of time (usually at least a few days). This severely restricts your caloric intake which is not safe and won’t cause you to lose a dramatic amount of weight. These cleansing juices are deficient in protein (this is why we need to get our protein from sources like meat or protein-rich foods like avocados) which leads to your body breaking down muscle tissue to get the protein that it requires. So while you might be losing weight during your juice cleanse, it’s valuable muscle that you’re losing, not fat. You’re also putting your body into starvation mode, and much like what happens when you’re skipping meals, your body will cling to every calorie it has and your metabolic rate will decrease because your body isn’t sure when it will get another dose of energy.
Fat Is Bad for Me
Our bodies need fat every single day to keep functioning. Not all fats are bad for you, and in fact, some health experts think that around one third of your daily energy should come from fat. Unsaturated fats that come from foods like extra virgin olive oil, salmon, and avocado can actually lower your cholesterol and help transport the important fat soluble vitamins (think A, D, E, and K).
Late Night Eating Makes Me Gain Weight
We all get hit with those late night hunger pangs at some point or another, and there’s no reason to feel guilty for satisfying them. It doesn’t necessarily matter when you eat, it’s more important to note what you’re eating. Eating later in the evening isn’t more likely to cause weight gain than any other time throughout the day. This is because what matters is your total daily intake versus your total daily physical activity.
Just try to remember that when it comes to your health, haste makes waste. Achieving your goals takes time and hard work, and trying these crazy health fads can cause some serious damage to your body.
By: Kayla Harwick