Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Weight Loss Myths Revealed for You!

The mistake most people make when trying to lose weight is believing there is a magical diet or weight loss pill that will help them reach their weight loss goals. We’re sorry to disappoint you, but there isn’t. These types of diets may be endorsed by top celebrities, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to work. Notice how often you hear about Oprah’s weight loss rollercoaster? That’s because whatever her magical diet is, it’s not working for her. That goes for anyone who tries a fad diet or wastes money on a magical diet-potion or lotion. Fad diets will do nothing for your weight loss plan and might end up actually doing more harm than good.

To lose weight all you really need to do is burn more calories than you store. No matter what creative method the next trendy diet suggests, you can still accomplish this by eating fewer calories or exercising more than you currently do. Leave the diet myths and fads for the tabloids - if you really want to lose weight you need to ignore the dieting myths and get started on your weight loss plan.

Some "diet facts" are repeated so often that women can be pretty convinced that they know everything there is to know about fat, carbs and hunger. But when you peel back the platitudes and look at the research, the truth about eating healthy food -- and what fills you up and what trims you down can surprise you. Find out thereal truth about these common diet myths.

Diet myth 1: Only eat when you're hungry.

Diet facts: Researchers at the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) report that spacing food evenly throughout the day is key to weight-loss success. People who eat healthy food at regular intervals, starting with breakfast, are better nourished, think more clearly and report fewer mood swings than those who eat erratically. Meal skippers are more prone to weight problems probably because once they do eat, they eat too much of all the wrong stuff. People who successfully maintain a healthy weight eat nutritious foods every four to five hours, regardless of whether it's a weekday, weekend or holiday.

People often think they can save calories by skipping meals, but most people more than make up for those saved calories at other times of the day. Keeping track of calories with a food journal is a great way to stay on track throughout the day.

Diet myth 2: There are no bad foods, everything in moderation.

Diet facts: You may have heard that there are no good foods or bad foods, only good and bad diets. But truth be told, some foods just don't stand up nutritionally speaking. For example a potato chip can't hold a candle to a baked potato. And to say there are no bad foods might be a license for some people to eat anything whenever they want.

What's more, if having cookies in the house triggers a person to binge, then that food could be a problem simply because it results in unhealthy behaviors. Not to say you can't enjoy bad foods once in a while and in reasonable portions, but focus on eating fresh healthy foods and be aware of your own trigger foods.

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