The weight loss industry makes billions every year from all these people who are desperately looking for the magic bullet that will cause rapid weight loss. Diet myths and fad diets abound, but they do not lead to effective and long-term weight loss. Permanent weight loss is possible, but you should first be aware of all the diet myths and misconceptions and avoid the pitfalls of the “popular diets":
Magic foods that contain negative calories
You have probably heard the myth that if you eat celery, cabbage soup or grapefruit you can burn more calories than the ones contained inside the food. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and are healthy choices, but that doesn’t mean that they have magical properties. This means that you should include them in your daily calorie count, not the daily calorie burn.
Fast Weight Loss
Healthy weight loss means losing less than 2 pounds per week. Losing weight faster than that can cause various health problems. Any very-low-calorie diet, such as the ones that contain 800 calories or less per day, should be followed under medical supervision; otherwise you risk getting heart arrhythmia which could be fatal.
Many people believe that we should stop eating after 7 or 8 pm. The truth is that if you exceed the calories you are supposed to eat every day, the specific time that you ate your meals doesn’t matter. Your total daily calorie count is what will make or break your diet.
Eating fats makes you fat
Dietary fat has been blamed as the main cause for obesity. Even though fats contain more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates, fats are necessary for good health and should be eaten in moderation. Especially the good fats are essential for the proper functioning of the heart and are found in nuts, olive oil, fish and seafood. The reason why most nutritionists tell people to avoid saturated fats is not because they are fattening (good fats are equally fattening), but because they increase the risk of heart disease.