Ladies and gentlemen of the world – don’t you just want to know the whole truth, the real truth about those diet “truths” that you hear flying around? Every time you hit the gym someone’s telling you that cutting out is fat is much better for your health or eating too late at night will cause you to put on lots of weight. We have decided to make life much easier for you people – we are cutting to the heart of the debate and BUSTING those diet myths!
“You can’t quite smoking on a diet because you will put on loads of weight!”
There is a pretty good chance that you will put on weight after you quit smoking but for the most part, this is mostly down to lifestyle changes that you take up in place of your smoking addition, and the reason that you put on weight is because you overeat. If you diet PROPERLY when you quit smoking, you will find that you don’t put on any weight and in actual fact, the health benefits that you will get from quitting smoking will actually help you to exercise more and this will cause to lose MORE weight in the long run!
In all fairness, although nicotine DOES have an effect on your metabolic system, the effects are so tiny, any changes that could arise wouldn’t even catch your eye anyway.
“If you eat late at night, you will get fat”
The fact of the matter is it doesn’t really matter what time of day that you eat – eating later on at night isn’t going to make you any bigger. It might give you heartburn or indigestion from time to time, but you won’t put on weight.
The reason behind most people putting on weight when they eat late at night is often because they have skipped vital meals throughout the day and the evening meal is something that the body will cling on to with every ounce of it’s being simply because regular food isn’t provided so it never knows when it is going to get its next calorie fix. The more regularly you eat, the easier you will find it to lose weight. The more sporadically during the day that you decide to feast, the higher your chances of weight gain. It’s as simple as that.
“Crash dieting works!”
Yes, of course crash dieting works – you are starving your body of vital nutrients. It’s going to start eating itself eventually. The only problem with crash dieting is that you normally only use the diet for a short amount of time, either because your body can’t handle it, you don’t have the will power to carry on, or because they are only designed to be used for very short lengths of time, usually for big events that are coming up.
As soon as you resume any sort of “normal” eating pattern again, all the weight that you lost will pile right back on and in actual fact, you may even find that you put more weight on because of it!
“You shouldn’t eat fat”
Of course you need fat – you need all of the food groups in various amounts in order to be fit and healthy. In reality, almost a third of all of your calories should come from some sort of fat, so by cutting it out completely, you could actually be doing yourself more harm than good.
Not only does your body use fat in order to make energy, but fat is also needed so that the body can help to repair and create new cells and tissue, and also for various vitamins to work.
The one thing that you do need to remember about fat is that when we say the word, we are not talking about greasy French fries or a towering burger, we are talking about various fats that you can get from healthy foods such as fish, olive oil and avocado. Make sure that you know what the good stuff is!
So there you have it – a few of the common diet myths busted. Hopefully this will make your quest to make 2013 the year of the beautiful body an easier one for you!