5 Popular Diet Myths Busted


Several myths drive us crazy. We want to cut our weights overnight. We want to look beautiful. But shedding those extra kilos needs lot of hard work which can never be over ridden by some common myths. Let us see which are those myths which make us fall prey to it !

Myth 1: Cutting carbohydrates helps you lose weight.


Truth: Doing it the wrong way can also make you feel rotten and unhealthy.
Carbs are to this decade what fats were to the last: food demons. Truth is, though, you need them for energy. And, like with fats, some are better than others. Lona Sandon, RD, assistant professor in clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, suggests a minimum of 130 grams of carbs a day—a far cry from low-carb diets that start with 20 grams or less.

Myth 2: You Can Eat Whatever You Want if You Workout


Reality Check: Unfortunately, a half hour trot on the treadmill isn’t going to help you lose weight if you reward yourself by downing a few slices of cake and an order of French fries. We know the treadmill told you that you burned off 500 calories, but those estimated machine readouts are not at all accurate—sorry! The bottom line: It’s near impossible to out-exercise a bad diet unless you plan to spend half your day in the gym. You must workout and eat smart to see results.

Myth 3: You’ll Burn More Fat if You Don’t Eat Before a Workout


Reality Check: Without the proper fuel you won’t be able to workout for as long or hard as you need to if you want to see a difference in your body. What’s worse, fasted workouts can cause low blood sugar and light headedness, which can be dangerous when you’re breaking a sweat. Plus, when you’re running on fumes, you’re going to be ravenous after your workout. That means you’ll be more apt to make poor diet decisions—like downing an entire pizza—after you get home. Not sure why that’s a bad idea? Refer back to Myth #1.

Myth 4: All Calories Are Created Equally


Reality Check: Eating 300 calories of chicken is not the same as eating 300 calories of cake. The body uses and stores calories differently depending on the nutrients each food is comprised of. Corn and beans, for example, contain something called resistant starch, a type of carb that is really hard to digest. In turn, the body isn’t able to absorb as many of the calories or as much of the glucose—a nutrient that’s stored as fat if it’s not burned off. It’s a similar story with lean-protein sources like turkey, chicken and fish. In addition to boosting satiety, protein also has a high thermogenic effect compared to fats and carbs. In turn, your body burns off a fair percentage the meat’s calories during the digesting process and post-meal calorie burn spikes by as much as 35 percent! Your favorite cookies can’t make that same claim. In fact, since the majority of sweet treats’ calories come from sugar, getting too many of your calories from desserts can leave you hungry, fat and–you guessed it–frustrated.

Myth 5: You Can’t Eat at Night If You Want to Lose Weight


Reality Check: Eating too many calories throughout the day, not nighttime munching, causes weight gain. In fact, “eating the right type of bedtime snack actually boosts metabolism and aids weight loss—not the opposite!” explains Cassie Bjork, RD, LD of Healthy Simple Life. “When you don’t eat before bed, blood sugar levels dip so you don’t sleep as well. In turn, you crave more sugar- and carb-laden food the next day. If this happens often enough, it can cause weight gain. On the flip side, eating the right snack can help keep blood sugars stable so the fat-burning hormone glucagon can do its job.” So what should you be eating? “I suggest pairing a natural carb with a healthy fat.” Apple slices and almond butter, berries with heavy cream and carrots with guacamole all fit the bill.