9 Fallacies Regarding Diets
Sun always wakes up our desire to get our body into perfect shape. Diets are somehow first on the list when it comes to losing weight. Some diets are meaningless, some dangerous and some are very effective. It is important to know that you need to forget about diets which promise you extreme weight loss in a short period of time. They are definitely bad for your health. These are some of the most common fallacies regarding diets.
1. Can I Eat Anything If I’m Plating Sports? Sadly No.
If you’re active you’re burning a certain number of calories, but mostly less than you think. If you ride a bicycle for a half an hour, you’ll lose around 200 calories, which is basically two apples, while half an hour of jogging burns as many calories as you can find in one candy bar. Despite that, any kind of exercise can help you lose weight if, for example, you eat the same amount of calories you ate before.
2. Do Light Products Allow Us To Limit Calorie Intake? Not Always.
The right label means that a certain product has at least 30% less fat, sugar, alcohol or calories, than the basic product from the same category. In the case of potato chips, the number of calories is still huge. Conclusion-when you’re buying products with a light label, pay attention to the nutrition facts on the package, that’s how you’ll avoid unpleasant surprises.
3. Does Fat Make You Gain Weight? Not Necessarily.
Considering the fact that one gram of fat has 9 calories, more than double compared to carbohydrates or protein, you’ll gain weight fast if you eat a lot of fat regularly. However, limited intake of quality fats from oil, nuts, avocado or salmon, can only have the positive effect- it lowers appetite and encourages fat burning. Experts recommend 1-2 teaspoons of oil, one portion of salmon, avocado or nuts a day.
4. Do Bread, Pasta And Potato Make You Gain Weight? No.
Despite that, if you want to lose weight, stay away from products made from white flour, because they increase blood sugar level, which then quickly drops. As a result, you’re hungry more often, and you don’t burn as many calories. Instead of white, eat bread made from whole grains because it gets into blood slower and it makes you feel full longer. Boiled potato also doesn’t have a lot of calories, be cautious when you eat fried potatoes.
5. Is Artificial Sweetener Better Than Sugar? No.
Artificial sweeteners might help you save a few calories at the beginning because they have a low-calorie count, but because they’re much sweeter, they’ll disrupt your natural feeling for sweet. That’s why you’ll need more sugar to sweeten other meals. Besides that, sweet taste “promises” our body energy, which it doesn’t get. This will make you hungry more often and you’ll eat more calories than you should. If you want to lose weight, use regular sugar in smaller portions.
6. Stress Will Make You Skinny? No.
High cortisone levels will increase your appetite and block calorie burn. Studies have shown that stressed people gain about 5 kilograms more over 6 years. People who sleep less than seven hours a day have higher cortisone levels and they gain weight more easily. That’s why you need to make sure that you relax often to create a right balance. Experts recommend endurance sports like fast walking.
7. Will I Stay Skinny If I Eat A Lot Of Fruit? No.
Compared to vegetables, fruit contains a lot of sugar, which has as many calories as ordinary sugar. It also increases blood sugar levels and insulin which encourages weight gain. Experts recommend two portions of sugar a day, but if you want to lose weight, replace bananas and grapes with apples because they contain less sugar.
8. Will I Gain A Lot More Weight If I Eat Late At Night? No.
It is scientifically proven that this is not true. It is more important to count overall calorie intake. If your main meal is at evening, you can eat peacefully; just eat less in morning and during the day. But, if you ate more during the day, eat less on evenings to keep the balance.
9. Is There Food Which Spends More Energy Than It Gives? No.
The truth is that each food contains more calories than it burns during the digestive process. However, there are differences. To digest protein, your body needs more energy than for digesting carbohydrates. Use this effect to implement the portion of protein in each meal like fish, eggs, meat or dairy products, and save calories.