There is a lot of bad information out there when it comes to dieting. In today’s blog, I’m covering a few common misconceptions and giving you the real scoop.
Myth #1: When It Comes To Calories, Less Is More
Too many people find themselves playing the “how long can I go without eating” game when they start dieting. In fact, calorie restriction is one of the most popular ways that individuals in North America try to lose weight. It’s true that many of us can stand to reduce our portion sizes overall, but too many take it to the extreme.
The truth: You should never consume under 1200 calories a day unless you’re being supervised by a physician or registered dietitian. This is especially important for those who are working out. Eating too little will result in your body becoming malnourished, which can lead to health issues.
The solution: Practice mindful eating to help you become more aware of your eating habits. Click here to read my blog on Simple Tips for Mindful Eating.
Myth #2: You Can’t Eat Carbs
When it comes to what most people refer to as “carbs,” the breads, cereals, pastries, etc., many of us lack balance. Either we’re avoiding them entirely or bingeing on them. Strangely enough, avoiding them only furthers the cycle of cravings.
The truth: You shouldn’t have to feel like anything is off limits, unless you have some sort of allergy or food sensitivity. Grain/Flour-based carbs can be a fulfilling and beneficial part of a balanced nutrition plan.
The solution: Play it smart, you can indulge in grain/flour-based carbs daily and stay fit too! Click here to read my blog titled “Dieting for Weight Loss: Lose Weight and Eat Carbs Too.”
Myth #3: Fat Is Bad
Do you avoid fat like the plague? Order veggies without the butter or take the low fat yogurt over full? Low fat or no fat items have been all the rage in the past few decades. But did you know that there are very few benefits to completely removing the fat from your favorite food items? In fact, there is a very big secret hidden in the food label that most people don’t think to analyze. If you guessed carbs, you’re right! Low fat and no fat items don’t taste as good as their fat-filled counterparts. The companies that make them often add a ton of sugar to mask the fact that the flavor was removed!
The truth: Eating fat doesn’t translate to fat gain, unless you have a huge surplus in your diet. Dietary fat is actually necessary. It helps your body absorb the nutrients in your food more efficiently. Plus, it keeps you full longer after you’ve eaten.
The solution: Add moderate levels of healthy fats into your diet each day. Enjoy your yogurt full fat or add avocado to that salad to make it creamy and delicious!
Good luck! 🙂
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