We need to stop believing everything we read, especially when it comes to diet advice. With every new diet trend, with the most absurd demands, comes a whole new belief system that its followers can’t seem to stop preaching. And social media isn’t much help either.
Because of all the information that’s out there, we understand how it can get confusing. Fortunately, we’ve done the work for you. We’ve done the research and busted the biggest diet myths out there so you can focus on becoming the best version of yourself without the unnecessary roadblocks.
Read on to discover the 8 Worst Diet Myths You Need To Stop Believing Right Now:
1) If you want to lose weight, just eat less and exercise more
According to Dr.Yoni Freedhoff, author of The Diet Fix, believing that “eating less and exercising more” is the key to successful weight loss is as pointless as telling someone suffering from depression to “cheer up”. Weight management is complex and every individual responds to weight loss differently. For example, one of the factors has more to do with what you eat, rather than how much. Eating low-quality food, such as refined carbohydrates, causes a surge of insulin that triggers fat cells to soak up calories. However, with there being not enough calories and nutrients to provide the energy the body needs, the brain realizes this and triggers a hunger response that will slow down your metabolism and makes you want to eat more. So two different 100 calorie foods might not necessarily affect you in the same way.
2) Stop eating carbs!
Cutting out an entire food group only works temporarily. For long-term success, nutritionist Keri Gans, author of The Small Change Diet says that if we want to be successful in the long run, “we should be teaching individuals to incorporate the foods they love – like pasta, bread, and potatoes – in a healthier manner.”
3) To lose weight, you should try a cleanse
A cleanse, much like cutting out carbs from one’s diet is a temporary fix. Your liver and kidneys are doing a great job detoxing your body on their own. By starving yourself and subjecting your body to crazy juices, you’ll just damage your digestive system. “Sure, you might lose some weight, but that’s because you aren’t eating!” says dietitian Dana Angelo White, founding contributor of the Food Network’s Healthy Eats. “Once you go back to eating normally, the weight will come right back.”
4) You shouldn’t eat after 8 p.m.
You know what it’s like after you’ve had an awesome training session at night. You just want to pig out and indulge yourself because you’ve worked so hard in training. Although it’s perfectly fine to eat after 8 p.m., you need to make sure that you’re eating a healthy, balanced meal. “As long as that meal isn’t tipping your calorie intake for the day, it shouldn’t lead to actual body fat gain,” says dietician Lisa Moskovitz, CEO of NY Nutrition Group.
5) Drinking diet soda is an acceptable substitute for regular soda
On the contrary! Diet soda is often loaded with artificial sweeteners, which could be equally or more harmful than regular sugar. In fact, research shows that diet soda could be associated with a higher risk of metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. If you find plain water lacks taste, add some lemon/lime or cucumber for some extra zing.
6) You need to stop eating your favorite foods to lose weight
In order to lose weight, your choice of diet must be sustainable for a long period of time. Choosing to cut your favorite foods out of your diet completely will leave you craving them, and you’ll possibly end up binging on them come cheat day. To lose weight the healthy way, you should maintain a healthful eating plan and ample physical activity (like attending a Muay Thai class or two). This eating plan can include your favorite foods – but remember – everything in moderation!
7) Grapefruit can help speed up your metabolism
We’ve all heard of these incredible diets that contain one magical ingredient that changes everything. Whether it’s the grapefruit diet or lemon juice diet, we need to remember that there’s no shortcut to weight loss. There isn’t a food/juice that will help you burn more calories than a good workout can. The only way to speed up your metabolism is through exercise and building muscle.
8) Eating each food group separately will make it easier on your digestive system
Whether you realize it or not, your digestive system is built to handle more than one type of food at a time. Although it is true that protein, carbohydrates, and fat are all digested by different mechanisms, these mechanisms can also work simultaneously. Remember, very few foods are purely carbs/fat/protein so there’s no reason why they can’t be eaten together.
To effectively lose weight and sustain it for a long period of time, you must be committed to your goal. Evaluate your current lifestyle and diet and gauge what’s feasible for you. If you need to make drastic changes, then it probably isn’t going to be sustainable. And remember, weight loss becomes easier when combined with exercise! So tell us, which of these diet myths did you believe in before?