How to Avoid Dieting Myths

By: sayedah
Like all the other dieters before her, Hedelyn has been there and done that. She has tried the vegetable soup diet and she swears she will never eat cabbage again for the rest of her life! She has also tried a low and sometimes no carbohydrate diet but it seemed to sap all the energy out of her already frail body.

Like Hedelyn, thousands of men and women have become victims of dieting myths that seem true and effective at first glance. However, these diet myths have proven themselves useless for most people.

People used to think that eliminating fat in their diet would keep them fit and thin. To their dismay, it has only resulted in them craving more fatty foods and sometimes also causing illnesses due to the hormonal and nutrition imbalances that have occurred in the body.

If you are among those people cringing at the thought of adding cholesterol to your body then you should think twice. Cholesterol per se is not bad because there is bad cholesterol and there is good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol can come from foods like cheese, pasties and meat and it causes blockage in the arteries. Good cholesterol is however needed by the body to bring cholesterol from the arteries where they are not wanted, to the liver.

If you are like most people I know, then you would be prone to trying any kind of diet. You saw a new diet scheme that worked for your favorite movie star? You just got to try it! The question is; will it work for you?

Most fad diets are so popular these days that even teens are trying these diets just to keep up with the demands of society. If you feel you are too fat for that dress you want to wear to next weeks party then I am sure you would resort to crash dieting.

Crash dieting can give you the body that would fit that wonderful dress but it would have serious consequences on your health. While resorting to crash diets can help you remove fats, it will also remove the important nutrients and lead to feelings of dizziness and irritation.

A person I know has succumbed to the after six in the evening diet that she no longer lets anything touch her mouth after the sacred hour. She has religiously followed this diet plan believing that eating at night can be fattening. But research shows that there is no difference if a person eats at night because what is important is the total food intake for the whole day. Of course, if you starve yourself the whole morning and you eat like a king before sleeping then you will surely be a candidate for obesity.

Most people who have tried different diet schemes and scams have failed. As most nutritionist agree, it is better to eat several small bites day rather than three very big meals.

A friend who has tried every diet without positive results has blamed her metabolism for her failure to lose weight. She said her slow metabolism is the culprit and she could not do anything about it anymore. Little did she know that she can coax her metabolism into doing more work for her by keeping herself busy and active.

You can gain weight if you eat more calories than what is being released or used up by your body. To avoid this, you should at least exert more efforts in working out your body rather than in putting food into your mouth. The amount of calories you are taking in should be equal if not less than the calories you are using up. If you lead an active lifestyle then you need calories to keep you working.

There are a lot of dieting myths that we believe and follow only to find out that these do not work for us. Contrary to what most people say, losing weight is not really very hard. What you need is a healthy eating habit, a good exercise plan and some inspiration to keep yourself healthy!
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