4 biggest weight loss myths

4 biggest weight loss myths

Eat a healthy diet and get plenty of exercise—sounds simple enough, right? The truth is that there's a lot that goes into maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and with the internet, fad diets and well-meaning friends and family giving advice and suggestions, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Check out this list of common weight loss myths to learn all the facts.

Myth: Cut out breakfast and snacks to lose weight faster.

Truth: Cutting snacks and meals out of your diet is unhealthy and could lead you to binge on your next meal. You should listen to your body when it tells you it's hungry. Dietitians often recommend eating smaller, more frequent meals to keep your metabolism going throughout the day. Just make sure to eat healthy snacks, like nuts, fruit or yogurt, to keep your hunger at bay and avoid overeating later.

Myth: If you exercise enough, you can eat whatever you want.

Truth: It would take about an hour of moderate exercise to burn off 140 calories—calories you could consume in minutes by drinking a can of soda. Watching your diet, combined with a healthy amount of exercise, is the most effective way to lose weight.

Myth: Eating late at night causes you to gain more weight.

Truth: You gain weight is based on what you eat, not when you eat it. This myth could stem from the fact that it might be easier to misjudge the number of calories you're eating when it's late at night and you're tired.

Myth: Switching from regular soda to diet soda is a great way to cut calories.

Truth: Both diet and regular sodas are loaded with artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners cause your pancreas to release insulin, which increase food cravings and lead to weight gain. However, trading soda for water does lead to a healthier diet.

Posted: 4/08/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: Diet, Exercise, Fad, Food, loss, Myths, Weight

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