We all have staples we turn to when we’re trying to slim down. The truth? Many dieting habits are not as healthy as people think they are. If you’re trying to lose weight and not getting getting the expected results, take a close look at the weight-loss principles you’re following. These diet myths could be sabotaging your efforts to burn fat.
Myth #1 : As long as your eating healthy foods, calories are irrelevant
The truth : How many times have your heard people say "it doesn't make you fat, it's healthy!". Lets start with avocados, sure they're loaded with healthy fats and are good for your hearth, but they're also loaded with calories. Same goes with nuts and olive oil. Whole wheat pasta and brown rice contain more fibers but also have as many calories as the original. Same goes with bananas, you might think fruits aren't making you fat, but bananas are loaded with sugar. I'm not saying you shouldn't eat them but keep in mind they're around 130 calories each.
Myth #2 : You can lose 10 pounds in a week
The truth : if you've been eating like there's no tomorrow for the last month and you are totally bloated because of all the salt and the food in your body, then suddenly crash-diet, you might lose a lot of water weight and "eliminate" the extra food in your body but you will get in back as soon as you get back to eating what you were eating because you didn't burn any fat there. In order to lose a pound of fat, you need to burn 3500 calories. In order to keep burning calories, you need to keep your metabolism high, that is why not eating enough will end up totally ruining your weight loss. A rule of thumb is to cut between 500 to 1000 calories per day to lose between 1 and 2 pounds per week. If you were to really burn 10 pounds of fat in a week, that would mean having a deficit of 5000 calories per day. So unless you are running at 5mph for 10 hours per day, it's scientifically impossible
Myth #3 : If you workout, you can eat whatever you want
The truth : A chocolate muffin can contain about 450 calories. In order to burn that you would need to run for over an hour. So if you want to lose weight, it's much easier to resist the sweets you crave as they only last a few seconds in your mouth than to go run for hours and hours. So unless you are training for a gold medal at the Olympics, keep an eye on your calories! Check our guide : How Do I Count My Calories
Myth #4 : Low fat foods helps you lose weight
The truth : First of all, low fat or fat free doesn't necessarily mean low calories, keep an eye on these foods because most of them time, low fat foods have more sugar. The problem with sugar is that, as opposite to fat, it raises your insulin levels, makes you more hungry and tells your body to store fat.
Make sure you check the nutrition label, foods like cakes, cookies and granola bars are often loaded with added sugars and thickeners and the low-fat version contain only a few calories if not the exact same amount as the regular version!
Same goes with low fat yogurt, sometimes they have more sugars than the regular version.
Nutritionists advise to be careful with the quantities, it is proven that when people buy food labelled as "low-fat", they eat twice as much!
Foods labelled as "low-fat" should contain less than 3g of fat per 100g.
Myth #5 : Going gluten-free will help you lose weight
The truth : Everybody seems to go ape on gluten-free stuff thinking they will lose belly fat these days and we see gluten-free stuff everywhere we look in the grocery store! I've seen some stores with an entire gluten-free alley, gluten free pizza crust, gluten-free cookies, etc.
The gluten free sales reached more than $2.6 billions in 2012, but is it all a marketing gimmick?!
First of all, only 6% of the human population has a sensitivity to gluten, and less than 1% really have an allergy or celiac disease.
The truth is that the gluten-free version of foods might get you even fatter, as gluten is the protein contained in wheat. If you truly want to go gluten free, eliminate the foods that contain gluten! Breads, pasta, pastries and crackers, as these foods are knows to make you fat anyway.
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