Top Myths About Weight Loss Diets

Myth 1. Cut out carbs to lose weight. Carbohydrates eaten in the right amounts will supply adequate calories that you can use as energy. Instead of watching your carb intake, count your calories. This gives an accurate picture of the amount of energy your body needs to burn to keep the extra weight off.

Myth 2. Fat and cholesterol are bad for you. Like carbohydrates, fat and cholesterol are also needed in the right amounts for the body to function properly. Reducing or eliminating intake of foods high in saturated fat while preferring those rich in unsaturated fat also lowers your low density lipoprotein (LDL or ‘bad cholesterol’) level, and increases the ‘good cholesterol’ HDL level in your body.

Myth 3. Skipping a meal can help you lose weight. Starving oneself will not help anyone lose weight but instead will slow down the body’s metabolism. There is also the tendency to eat more on the next meal. One study found out that it is not the frequency of meals that affects weight, but the amount of food intake. Thus, it is better to eat at least five small meals to keep yourself full throughout the day.

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