I know that you are overwhelmed on a daily basis if you ever look at fitness and health magazines or websites, fitness books, etc… there are diet and fitness tips GALORE available right at your fingertips. That fails to mention if you go into a bookstore, all of the fitness and nutrition books you will see will probably leave you feeling a little lost and confused. While I certainly am no nutrition expert, I have had enough knowledge passed along to me that I was able to lose 40 pounds and I help others do the same. It really isn’t as complicated to lose weight as we make it on ourselves, and today I want to share with you 5 diet myths that you really shouldn’t believe. <3
Myth #1. The salad on the menu is the healthiest option.
Wowza! I can tell you from experience that my very FAVORITE salad ever is at a restaurant called O’Charleys. It is called the Black & Blue Caesar Salad. The word Caesar is now a profane word to me in regards to dressings (LOL- it is one of the WORST), but at the time I really didn’t know any better. Salads CAN be healthy, but like this example, at restaurants they usually have more fat and calories than a steak with a side of veggies – sometimes double or triple the calories! My salad example has 950 calories, 71 grams of fat (22 grams of which are SATURATED), and over 2,500 mg of sodium (more than you should have in a day). I found this information here: . Needless to say, I never ordered that ever again! Another quick example is the Fuji Apple Chicken Salad from Panera Bread, which weighs in a little under 600 calories. That is over 150 calories more than a double cheeseburger from McDonalds.
Myth #2. I can eat whatever I want if I exercise, and still lose weight.
This is a tough one for me to share, because I WISH it were TRUE!! 🙂 Coming from a pizza-holic, I really wish I could lose weight eating pizza all the time, BUT it just isn’t realistic. If you try to out-exercise a bad diet, you will be left feeling extremely frustrated and defeated. Now I do believe that everything in moderation is a safe thing; some will disagree with me on that, but I do personally allow myself to have pizza sometimes. If I completely deprived myself of it, I’d go crazy. But I also know that I’m slowing my results down a bit when I indulge.
Myth #3. Eating small, frequent meals will speed up your metabolism.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been told to eat 5-6 small meals every day, and that if I didn’t, I would slow my metabolism down. So for years, I was trying to follow this rule, sometimes eating when I wasn’t even HUNGRY, just because I thought I was supposed to! Food intake has a negligible effect on metabolism. Some foods, including those with caffeine, may slightly and temporarily increase metabolism, but the effect is too small to help you lose weight. My new mantra for myself is to eat when I am hungry, and don’t eat when I’m not! And make sure not to let my calories fall below 1200 per day.
Myth #4. Short-term crash-diets are the best way to lose weight.
On any short-term or crash-diet, you will lose weight. BUT what happens when that diet ends? You’ll go right back to eating the way you were before, most likely. I can tell you from personal experience, when I did Weight Watchers and lost a bunch of weight, I gained it all back plus more when I quit following the plan. I relied on paying every month for a service, because I couldn’t do it on my own. Once I was tired of paying monthly and thought I could do it on my own, I stopped, and realized I had no idea how to eat because Weight Watchers did NOT help me learn a lifestyle. It didn’t teach me how to be on my own, it taught me how to be reliant on their service. In order to lose weight and KEEP IT OFF, it requires truly changing your lifestyle. I love my support groups because I focus on helping people become INDEPENDENT from me by teaching how to make a lifestyle change that can be maintained forever!
Myth #5. Fat-free and low-fat foods are healthy.
Companies that offer fat-free and low-fat products have marketing these items to us in a way that makes you feel that FAT is the enemy! I have good news though…fat is not necessarily bad. Of course as with anything, you do need to watch your intake and not eat too MUCH, but fat can be good for us. Choose monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, found in liquid oils such as canola, safflower, and olive; most nuts; and fish. These fats don’t raise blood cholesterol levels and may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. The fats to limit or avoid are saturated fats, found mainly in beef and dairy products, and trans fats, which are in a lot of packaged foods, fried fast foods, and margarine. The calories in all of these fats are about equal, but there is definitely a difference in their quality and how they affect our health. 🙂 Avocados and coconut oil are my favorite healthy fats!
I hope that this list of the 5 diet myths that you shouldn’t believe has been helpful to you! Do you have any diet myths that you would like me to debunk? I’d be happy to…just leave it in a comment!