Dieting facts and myths

Are you about to start a weight loss diet? Then it might be a good idea to take a look at the following dieting facts:

#1 Dieting Fact or Myth?

Diets low in fat are good for you

A diet low in fat may help you reduce your overall caloric intake, but eliminating fat from your diet can be dangerous. Your body needs fat for energy, tissue repair and for the transport of vitamins A, D, E and K. Try to reduce saturated fats and eat unsaturated fats, found in foods such as olive oil and avocado.

#2 Dieting Fact or Myth?

Crash dieting makes you lose weight

This may be true in the short term, but if you follow a crash diet for extended periods of time you will also lose lean muscle tissue apart from fat. This means that your body will burn fewer calories than it did before (even though the effect is smaller than you think) and you may end up regaining some of the lost weight.

#3 Dieting Fact or Myth?

Food eaten late at night is more fattening

Many diets advice you not to eat anything after a certain time. They say that the body will store more fat, if food is eaten close to bedtime. The truth is that when you eat is not important, but what’s important is the total amount of calories you consume throughout the day.

#4 Dieting Fact or Myth?

A slow metabolism prevents you from losing weight

This is a common myth among dieters who struggle to lose weight. Studies have shown that the resting metabolic rate actually increases as people get fatter.

This means that the bigger you are, the more calories your body burns to keep you going. So weight gain doesn’t occur because your metabolism is slower. It occurs when the number of calories eaten is greater than the number burned by the body. In other words, even if your metabolism was super slow you could still lose weight, if you ate fewer calories than the calories used by your body.

#5 Dieting Fact or Myth?

Eating one “fattening food” means instant weight gain

Real weight gain is a slow process (water retention doesn’t count). You need to eat 3500 extra calories to store one pound of body fat, so don’t feel guilty if you eat a “fattening food” from time to time.

#6 Dieting Fact or Myth?

Bananas are fattening

Bananas are low in fat and rich in potassium. A banana contains about 95 calories and is not fattening per se.