Fearing weight gain during the holidays, it is easy to be tempted to follow unscientific weight loss advice. That’s why there are five myths about dieting according to research carried out by the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, reported the specialized press.
So many things are said about what to do to lose weight that, out of a desire to take care of oneself, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between reliable information and false information, and one ends up putting into practice things that have neither feet nor head.
To avoid these tips, which can be misleading, here are five common misconceptions about weight loss:
1- The only way to lose weight is with a radical exercise regime.
This is not true. Losing weight involves making small changes that can be sustained over time. This means being more physically active. The general recommendation for an adult is to get at least 150 minutes of physical activity – either brisk walking or cycling – per week, as recommended by the UK National Health Service.
2- Avoid carbohydrates for weight loss.
Low-carb diets, very much in vogue in the 1990s and 2000, gave them a bad reputation.
However, when eaten in the right amount, as part of a balanced diet, they do not lead to weight gain, as long as butter, cream sauces, etc. are not added to the carbohydrates.
3- Certain foods burn fat and speed up the metabolism.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a prestigious American non-profit organization dedicated to clinical practice, education and research, there are no foods that burn fat, make you lose pounds faster or speed up your metabolism in such a way that it has an effect on your weight.
4- Foods labeled “low fat” or “fat free” are always a healthy option.
The problem with these types of products is that many of them may contain more sugar or sodium to compensate for the loss of flavor that occurs when reducing fat.
Also, choosing a fat-free product to reduce calories can work against you because it can lead to a snack soon after.
5- Eliminating snacks between meals will help you lose weight.
Actually, when it comes to losing weight, the problem is not the snacks themselves, but what type they are. Many people need to eat something between meals to maintain their energy levels.