All women want an enviable figure and for that, they are able to resort to all sorts of diets and weight loss methods. But some things that worked for some friends regarding the weight loss may do you more harm than good since we are all different people and our bodies don’t act the same.
Here are five of the most common myths about weight loss that you should not waste your time believing:
- You can eat anything in moderation
Truth: This approach might influence your weight in the wrong direction. David Ludwig, an expert on issues of nutrition and obesity at Harvard Medical School points out that you need a diet plan that focuses not only on how much you eat but also on what you eat. It is useless to tell yourself that you can eat anything as long as you do it with moderation. According to a recent study, people who consumed a greater variety of foods for a period of five years have gained weight. On the other hand, people who had a balanced diet but less diverse kept their weight under control.
Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that if you eat a variety of sweets even in moderate amounts but a variety of vegetables you can still gain weight.
- If you follow the same diet as it did a friend of yours which has lost weight, you will automatically lose weight too
Truth: Each body processes foods – even if they are identical – in its own way. Researchers in Israel have found that the same breakfast resulted in various changes in blood sugar levels to the 800 people who participated in the study.
Do if your friend has lost 5 kilograms following a diet low in fat or carbohydrates that does not mean that you will have the same results – even if you follow the food plan step by step.
Remember: Bacteria in the gut play an important role in how blood sugar (glucose) reacts to the food you eat. Check with your doctor about taking a probiotic and about the introduction into your diet of foods rich in probiotics to restore your flora and prevent the digestive problems.
- Natural sweeteners are better than classic sugar when following a diet
Truth: The calories from sugar contribute to weight gain whether it comes from a natural source or not. That happens just because your body assimilates them in addition to white sugar, food associated with a long list of disorders such as the increased risk of breast cancer, heart disease or memory problems. In short, try to reduce as much as possible the consumption of sugar when you are on a diet.
- A gluten-free diet is a sure way to lose weight
Truth: Many people tend to entirely give up carbohydrates when they begin to follow a gluten-free diet. In this case, there is a good chance that you will lose some weight initially – because you most likely consume fewer calories. But other things are happening. It is very likely that you will feel irritable and a lack of energy. The result? There are fewer chances that you exercise or move (which will slow down your metabolism) and more likely to turn to foods which are high in sugar and calories, without gluten. Moreover, the complete abandonment of carbohydrates is not sustainable in the long term – which means there are more chances that you gain weight when you reintroduce them in your diet.
If you are among people with gluten intolerance (celiac disease or you are just sensitive to gluten) make sure you eat a daily serving of carbohydrates. There are other sources of carbohydrates outside cereals containing gluten, such as buckwheat, chickpeas, and lentils.
- Certain foods and spices speed up the metabolism and help you get rid of extra pounds
Truth: The calories your body burns when you eat hot pepper, celery and some spices (such as cinnamon, pepper, paprika and mustard seeds) are too few to be an essential element in the process of slimming. To speed up your metabolism, it would be better to start doing exercise and not skip meals.
Remember that spices help us keep portion sizes under control and even to diminish them. The spices make us eat a smaller portion and fewer calories precisely because they bring more flavors to the food.
So it is important to remember that not everything you hear about diets it is true and you may do your body more harm than good by following the same diet as your friend did.