You might think you know the best ways to lose weight, the easy wins, the absolute dieting truths. These `truths’ might actually be myths. Here are nine of the most common weight loss myths and the reason they might be stopping you from shedding the pounds.
1 MARGARINE CONTAINS LESS FAT THAN BUTTER
Margarine is usually lower in saturated fat than butter. But it is more likely to contain hydrogenated fats, also called trans fats. These may be more harmful to health than saturated fats. To lose weight, and for a healthy heart, reduce the amount of saturated and hydrogenated fats.
2 STARVING MYSELF IS THE BEST WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT
Crash diets are unlikely to result in long-term weight loss. In fact, they can sometimes lead to longer term weight gain. The main problem is that this type of diet is too hard to maintain.Your body will be low on energy , causing you to crave high-fat and high-sugar foods.
3 A RADICAL EXERCISE REGIME IS THE ONLY WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT
Not true. Successful weight loss involves making small changes that you can stick to for a long time. That means building regular physical activity into your daily routine. Adults between 19 and 64 should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity every week, and those who are overweight are likely to need more than this to lose weight.To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume.
4 CARBOHYDRATES MAKE YOU PUT ON WEIGHT
Eaten in the right quantities, carbohydrates will not cause weight gain.A 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that dieters on the best-known low-carb diet, the Atkins diet, tended to lose weight not because they ate fewer carbohydrates, but simply because they ate less overall.Eat whole grain and wholemeal carbohydrates such as brown rice and wholemeal bread, and don’t fry starchy foods when trying to lose weight.
5 SLIMMING PILLS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS
No, they’re not. Slimming pills alone will not help you keep the weight off long term. They should only be used when prescribed by a doctor. Even if popping these pills can help you lose some weight initially, the harm done by the pills might not be worth it at all.
6 DRINKING WATER HELPS WEIGHTLOSS
Water does not cause you to lose weight, but it does keep you hydrated and might help you snack less. It is essential for good health and wellbeing. Sometimes thirst can be mistaken for hunger -if you’re thirsty you may snack more. We should drink about 1.2 litres of fluid every day .
7 FOODS LABELLED LOW FAT ARE ALWAYS THE HEALTHY CHOICE
Be cautious. Labels such as reduced fat do not have to meet the same criteria and can be misleading. A reduced-fat snack could still contain a lot more fat than, say, a portion of fruit. Low-fat foods also sometimes contain high levels of sugar.
8 CUTTING OUT SNACKS CAN HELP
Snacking isn’t the problem, it’s the type of snack. Many people need a snack in-between meals to maintain energy levels, especially if they have an active lifestyle. Choose fruit or vegetables instead of crisps, chocolate and other snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fat.
9 SKIP MEALS TO LOSE WEIGHT
Don’t skip meals. To lose weight and keep it off, reduce the amount of calories you consume or increase the calories you burn through exercise.But skipping meals altogether can result in tiredness and poor nutrition. You will also be more likely to snack on high-fat and high-sugar foods, which could result in weight gain.