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Top 10 Diet Myths Debunked

In this article Women Fitness tries to demistify your myths and provide facts and tips about weight loss,nutrition, and physical activity. This information may help you make healthy changes in your daily habits.

Gluten-free desserts are good for Health: The concept that Gluten-free desserts are not healthier than ‘normal’ desserts is wrong. In fact, gluten substitutes may actually increase calorie content and contribute to weight gain. With that being said, gluten-free food is great  for those diagnosed with celiac disease or who are gluten-intolerant — but gluten-free desserts should be eaten in moderation and with a balanced diet.

Fat free foods lead to less fat deposition in the body: When the words ‘sugar free’ or ‘fat free’ are splashed across a box of chocolate it’s probably easy to feel less guilty about eating the entire box in one sitting. Fat free and sugar free do not mean foods are calorie free. It doesn’t matter what type of food you are eating, if you are consuming more calories than you’re expending, you will gain weight. Be a conscious label reader. In fact, the fat content in many of these ‘sugar free’ items can be extremely high. When nutrients like fat are removed from food, artificial ingredients may be added back to the food to account for taste. This filler may lead to more calories.


Lettuce makes your Figure Slim: The theory adopted behind this fact is that, you can eat a food with low energy density, such as lettuce, and consume a huge amount for few calories. This belief is true to some extent as lettuce leaves practically do not contain calories. A tablespoon of butter has the same number of calories as 10 cups of leaf lettuce. However, generally they are not eaten alone and most lettuce sauces are high in fat.


Carbs make you fat: No particular food is responsible for weight gain. It’s the type of carbohydrates we choose to consume that lead to more fat cells in the body. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of fuel. Diet rich in refined carbs and processed foods is basically responsible for weight gain. Binge eating contributes to weight gain. Eating a balanced diet higher in complex carbs and lower in simple or processed carbs is the right way to manage weight . The target should be to consume more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less processed foods, refined carbohydrates and white flour products.


Healthy food is more expensive: Eating fresh may cost more than loading up your shopping cart with processed foods or fast food from restaurant value menus, but, in the big picture, it will likely cost you more in medical bills to maintain an unhealthy lifestyle. The choice lies with you. You have to look at the larger picture. It is possible to eat clean at an economical price. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are not expensive in-season. Vary your palate — don’t be afraid to try the eggplant or cauliflower when it’s in season over broccoli or asparagus. Similarly, Extra-virgin olive oil is also thought to be expensive, but we suspected it was meat that made a diet expensive, and extra-virgin olive oil is cheaper than even small amounts of meat. Using extra-virgin olive oil, a plant-based diet is far less expensive and features so many more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This is really good news for individuals served by the Food Bank – showing that wholesome eating on a tight budget is possible for everyone.

Eat late at night will lead to Weight gain: It doesn’t matter what time you’re eating as much as what you are eating. Watch your portion size and how you’re expending calories. It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat as long as you are eating a balanced diet, consuming foods in moderation and burning off more calories than you consume is the right way to manage weight.

Fasting is important to cleanse the body: Our body has a built in cleansing system – our kidneys and liver. Avoid extreme diet that encourage fasting for an extended period of time. Having a diet that’s fiber-rich is what moves toxins out of your body naturally. The more fiber you consume the more it’s able to move food and the related toxins out of the body. Toxins thrive inside our bodies when we consume a low fibre diet. It’s important to know we all have cells with the potential to turn into cancer cells. The way we fuel our body determines if these are transformed into cancer cells or are terminated.


Energy bars are good for weight loss: Energy bars are convenient, but need to be consumed along with a balanced diet and we should be wary of their ingredients. They can be extremely high in fat and sugar content. While they may be a good way for athletes to consume extra calories, I wouldn’t recommend them for a person trying to boost fat loss.

High-protein diets cause ketosis, which reduces hunger: Ketosis occurs when fat is used as an energy source instead of carbohydrate during a high-protein diet. Ketone bodies are produced, which turn your breath a bad “fruity” odor. Ketone bodies do not reduce appetite, however, eating sufficient protein for your body type can help reduce hunger and support weight loss. These diets may help you lose weight fast –  but most of this weight that you lose would constitute water weight and lean muscle weight instead of fat. The best way to lose weight and keep it off without harming your body is by following a reduced-calorie diet that is well balanced between carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.


Yoghurt is the Perfect Diet Food. Many dieters swear by it, but some yoghurt can be as fattening as ice cream. As a milk product, yoghurt is naturally rich in calcium. Research shows that calcium helps reduce weight gain. Even small changes in the calcium levels of fat cells can change signals within the cell that control the making and burning of fat. What needs to be remembered is no one food is going to prove magic, it is a combination of effective diet and exercise plan that will really work. Avoid yoghurt that contains added sugars or sweetened fruit, as these upset the delicate chemical balance that allow the cultures to thrive. Sugars also feed the growth on unwanted yeasts, so you’re better off without it!

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