We all know that knowledge is the key to good health. And what about the wrong knowledge? It works the other way around. There are a number of myths abound weight loss diets. Some are really serious and affect not only weight but your overall health.
Myth # 1:
One should completely stop going to a fast food restaurant
Actually you do not need to deprive yourself of such foods. If you know what you eat and how many calories you intake, trust me on this, you can go to a fast food restaurant almost every day and still lose weight.
Just do not indulge in super size combo meals alone. Eat salad or a grilled chicken breast sandwich without or less dressing of mayonnaise, bacon or cheese. Do not eat French fries or fried chicken & drink water instead of soft drinks.
Myth # 2:
More protein means more muscles
Ian King, fitness trainer and author of a book Muscle explains Protein can actually curtail weight gain. He further explains, “Your body burns about 20 per cent of each protein calorie just digesting it; while for carbs it’s 8 per cent and for fats it’s 2 per cent. And if you eat more protein than your body needs, it will use the extra protein for energy”. Medical experts recommend, there is no point eating more protein diet because only at least 2 grams of protein per kilo of your weight is enough.
Myth # 3:
Crunches make for six-pack abs
Robert dos Remedios, an author of the best selling book Men’s Health Power Training is also the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach at the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, says, “Hundreds of crunches do not make a six-pack. It’s because that six-pack is already there hiding beneath a layer of that flabby chunk”. You first need to get your body fat down to 10-12 per cent.
Myth # 4:
Do not eat after 8 or 9 pm
The important thing about weight loss diet is how many calories you consume in a day or in a cycle period of 24 hours, not when you eat them. In a given day if you consume fewer calories during the day time, it is absolutely fine to eat late at night.
Myth # 5:
All weight loss diet herbal pills are safe as they are natural.
It is commonly believed that any weight loss diet pill which is labeled as natural is safe. But that’s not true. Ephedrine is a very famous drug for weight loss. However, it’s been banned by federal authorities because it has been researched & found to be unhealthy. So it’s always best to consult your physician about weight loss diet pills.
Myth # 6:
It takes 20-25 minutes of exercise to burn fat
There’s a very simple rule for burning fat with exercise-your body uses more energy when working out at high intense level. It means you do not need to exercise for 20-25 minutes to burn your fat; just an intense 10-12 minutes of workouts with short burst of high intensity movement will do the trick for you.
Myth # 7:
To lose weight fast, eat low fat diet
People on a weight loss diet usually follow a strict diet free of fat where in reality; the simple rule is that, if your calorie intake is more than your fat burning effort, you pile on the pounds. It doesn’t matter whether the calories are coming from fat, protein or carbohydrates. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fat, a type of fatty food found esp. in oily fish which do not lead to weight gain can be added to your weight loss diet.
Myth # 8:
You have to say No to sugar.
Again the same rule applies-if more calorie is coming in than going out, you gain weight. So it’s not sugar, it’s calories that are making you fat. Food may be sugar-free and still contain a great amount of calories and carbohydrates.
Myth # 9:
Maintain a strict diet
Maintaining a strict diet esp. eating only a particular food groups and completely eliminating other food groups is a very unhealthy diet. Doctors recommend eating a diet having entire food groups in order to maintain good health. This also boosts your metabolism.
Myth # 10:
You can lose weight with a pill
There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to weight loss. No one can replace healthy eating and exercise with a pill. You might lose weight for a while after taking pills, but once you go off pills you quickly regain the lost weight. So it is always advisable to check with your physician before going for a weight loss diet pills.