Are you tired of cutting down on calories and avoiding your favorite foods with no better result? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Almost all the people in the world have gone through this at least once in their lifetime. This happens when you go on a diet without proper knowledge on ACTUAL health diet.
Misconception about foods and exercises has always floated around our society. Since this is the generation of social media and internet, it is too easy to get mixed up on all those vat of information. And, this is exactly where we commit mistakes. There is a process on how you should go on a diet without putting your body through pain and troubles. For that, you need to be able to differentiate between the facts and myths of healthy diet.
1. Favorite foods
Myth: To lose weight quickly, you have to give up on all your favorite foods
Fact: You don’t have to give up on all your favorite foods to lose weight. In fact, small intake of your favorite high calorie foods should be on your weight loss menu. Try to keep count of the amount of calories consumed. To lose weight it is important to burn more calories than you intake.
Myth: Snacking makes you fat
Fact: Overeating wrong snacks between meals can lead to weight gain but healthy snacking will not make you fat. On the contrary, snacking in between meals can be beneficial as it will help to reduce the risk of overeating in the next meal and help to improve metabolism.
Tips: Some healthy snacks can be fruits, low-fat yogurt, vegetables, low-fat chips and so on.
Myth: Fasting can help you lose weight quickly.
Fact: Fasting is not healthy if you go all day without food and then cap it off with a large meal containing all the calories you skipped the entire day. Intermittent fasting has been proved to be helpful to lose weight but if you are one of those people who skip food all day and think it is going to help you lose weight, you are wrong. Sometimes, it can lead to weight gain.
Tip: Make a meal plan and try to follow it religiously if you are on a weight loss journey.
4. Nutritious food
Myth: Eating nutritious food will help to lose weight.
Fact: Just because some foods are deemed healthy, does not mean its calorie free. To lose weight you need to be in a calorie-deficit—meaning consuming less calories and burning more calories than you are consuming. So, eating healthy or nutritious food alone is not going to help you to lose fat. But, overall calorie-deficit meal plan with small portion of all nutrients will help you to shed fats.
Myth: If you skip exercise for a day or two, you are going to gain weight.
Fact: Your body needs break too. Don’t put your body through pressure that it can’t handle. When you don’t exercise for a day or two or even a week that does not mean you are going to gain all those fats that you lost. The truth is when you take occasional breaks from exercising; your body will rejuvenate instead. As long as you get back on the swing, you don’t have to feel guilty about missing a workout.
Myth: Eating breakfast will make me fat.
Fact: Starting a day with wholesome breakfast will keep you fuller for a long period of time and help you say “No, thank you. I am full” to unhealthy snacks. A healthy breakfast will help to maintain your energy which is essential for your weight loss plan.
7. Cheat meals
Myth: I can’t have cheat meals. I will not be able to lose weight.
Fact: Having occasional cheat meals can actually motivate you to stay on track as it will satisfy your cravings and prevent boredom and deprivation of your favorite foods.
8. Less eating
Myth: Eating less is important to lose fat.
Fact: Again, the most important rule to lose weight is to burn calories. Eating less does not necessarily mean you are eating calorie-free foods. When you don’t eat enough, your body actually panics and goes into starvation mode. This will make the body hold onto more fat and hence, will result in weight gain rather than weight loss. So, it’s important to not starve yourself. Eat right, not less.
Myth: Carbohydrates are bad for you.
Fact: Carbohydrates are not essentially bad for you. Cutting off carbs completely from your diet might lead to nutritional deficiencies, increased risk of health problems, and low energy levels. Not all carbohydrates are created equally. Carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, multi-grain bread, fruits and vegetables can be hard to make up if removed completely from one’s diet.
10. Drinking water
Myth: Drinking water helps you lose weight
Fact: Water does not help you lose weight, but it does keep you hydrated and make you snack less. Water plays a crucial role in maintaining good health and well-being. Sometimes, thirst can be mistaken as hunger and you may snack more when you are thirsty.