Summer is just around the corner, so almost everyone is doing everything they can to lose a couple of pounds just to achieve their ideal summer bod. Some go to the gym every single day, some people do yoga, some people go Zumba dancing, some skips dinner, and some just simply starves themselves, which is obviously not healthy and incredibly dangerous.
A lot of people tend to not really think about how they want to lose weight, they simply make unconscious decisions which don’t really help with their diet at all. Some people believe that by losing weight, you actually have to restrict yourself from eating everything that could make you gain weight or anything unhealthy. However, it is not exactly the case, because some of you may have been misinformed. Here are a couple of diet misconceptions according to nutritionists and dietitians.
#1 Skipping Meals Will Make You Lose Weight Faster
Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day, but a lot of people choose to simply skip breakfast and have some coffee. People would often say that they’re not usually hungry in the morning or that they don’t really have enough time to make breakfast and eat, they would rather sleep spend that time sleeping in.
However, what most people don’t understand is that coffee wakes us up and energizes us for a bit, yes, just for a bit. Aren’t you wondering why you need another cup of coffee after just an hour or two of having one? That is because the people who only drinks coffee in the morning doesn’t have much energy to face the day because they don’t eat breakfast. A healthy breakfast would totally change your lifestyle for the better, if you don’t have time to make it in the morning, just have some granola bar or just get something to eat on your way to work.
Actually, every meal is important. If you think you’re going to lose weight easily just because you’re skipping meals, then you’re absolutely wrong. People who starve themselves would obviously lose weight, but once you eat, your body would double up the weight that you actually lost, because it wouldn’t want to starve again.
#2 Eat Everything Low-Fat
Another misconception when it comes to trying to lose weight is that you must only eat those foods that say “low-fat”. Most people think that just because it is low-fat it would mean that it is actually way healthier. The truth is NO, IT’S NOT.
When you remove fat from a certain food product, like milk and yogurt, it would literally taste nothing and no one would want to eat it. So what food manufacturers would do is that, they would replace all the fat with other ingredients like artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup etc. It would be true that it is indeed low in fat, but that doesn’t make them any healthier. According to studies, foods with artificial sweeteners are the main reason for obesity, diabetes, and other heart diseases. Always remember that there are such things as healthy natural fat, so replacing it with artificial ingredients would only make the product unhealthy.
#3 You Can Eat Anything As Long As You Work Out
This is probably the most common diet misconception. A lot of people would say you can literally indulge on your favorite fast food because you’re working out, so it’s like you will be losing all of those calories anyway. Then some other people would wonder why they’re not actually losing some weight no matter how much they’re actually working out.
Let’s break it down, shall we? When a person eats some large fries, that person would need to swim laps for about an hour in order for him or her to lose what he or she had gained with the large fries. When a person eats a slice of pizza, that person would need to run for about 30 minutes in order for him or her to lose the calories from the slice of pizza. This just explains that you need to know how many calories you’re actually eating so that you would know how many calories you will need to lose. It is best to ask your nutritionist about your health.