You seem to be doing everything right- cutting out junk food, eating salads for lunch and dinner, snacking on raw nuts and celery sticks, and exercising more, but you just don't seem to be seeing the results you want, or ever reaching your goal weight. Sound familiar?
Well here are some of the common dieting myths that could be preventing you from reaching your goal, healthy weight. Erase these from your brain today!
#1 You need to go low carb
You probably know a lot of people who went zero carb, or at least cut right down on their carb intake to lose weight. And it probably worked! But here’s the truth. You do NOT need to cut out carbs to lose weight.
Remember, carbs have the same amount of calories (gram for gram) as protein. They are not a highly calorific food group. The problem comes when we eat too much of them, eat them mindlessly, or smother them in cheese/cream/chocolate spread (etc).
If keeping carbs in your diet will mean you can stick to your plan - then keep them in! Just eat an appropriate amount and stick to good carbs like sweet potatoes, wholemeal bread and pasta.
Carbs are not the enemy.
#2 Fats makes you fat
Body fat and dietary fat are two different things. Eating fat won’t automatically create fat on your body. BUT fats are higher in calories than protein and carbs. So you need to be aware of how much fat you eat. But fat isn’t bad. In fact, some fats are healthy and important (that’s why they’re called essential fats). Omega 3 fatty acids (the ones in oily fish especially) are really important for health, hormones, and brain function.
A word of warning, don’t think that healthy fats are a free for all. You certainly can get fatter from eating healthy things like avocados, nuts, coconut oil, and “trendy” healthy fat foods. Stick to no more than 5 thumb sized portions a day.
The key is to eat appropriate amounts of fat, preferably from healthy sources first. Cut back on trans fats and get more omega 3 fats.
#3 A detox is a good way to kickstart fat loss
This is one myth that won’t go away, no matter how smart we are. The diet industry is very clever at making juicing and other detoxes sound appealing when we are most desperate.
But hardcore efforts like juicing, low calorie diets, and fasting are NOT sustainable and will backfire. They don’t teach you anything about how to cook healthy meals, choose the best foods on a menu, or eat for your activity levels.
All they do is line the pockets of a business that doesn’t know or care about you, then leave you clueless when it all goes wrong.
A far better way is to clean up your eating habits, learn to cook healthy meals, understand appropriate portion sizes, and develop a plan of eating that you can stick to for as long as it takes.
Not as exciting, but definitely more successful.