6 Weight-Loss Myths

Saturday, August 18, 2012 · 0 comments

Most people who are anxious to lose weight search for the best diet plans on the internet. They get swamped with tips, guidelines and articles that promise to grant them their desired figure. While the net offers a lot of useful information on weight loss, not everything it presents is entirely true. Here are the six most common myths that you have to watch out for.

Myth 1: Carbohydrates means trouble for dieters.

Your body needs energy to perform physical activities, like doing manual chores and exercising to burn your body fat. When you are on a diet, carbohydrates are not totally your adversaries. They are actually a principal source of energy. Although, not all carbohydrates are equally beneficial to your diet, there are actually some healthier types that you can opt for. Instead of processed grains such as croissants and white bread, go for whole grains, brown rice and beans. Likewise, make sure to include fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber and low in calories.

Myth 2: Fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious that frozen ones.

This is only true if you actually live on a farm. While it is a fact that produce picked and consumed at the peak of ripeness contain more vitamins and minerals, the levels of nutrients drop in the course of shipping and storage. On the other hand, frozen fruits and vegetables that are picked ripe and frozen without delay, retain nearly all of its nutrients.

Myth 3: The cholesterol in eggs is bad for you.

There is approximately 213 milligrams of cholesterol in one large egg. Health experts recommend limiting your dietary cholesterol to 300 milligrams daily, and 200 milligrams a day if you are diagnosed with diabetes, heart disease, of high LDL. If you have these diseases, eat only a maximum of two eggs a week, but you can enjoy as much egg whites as you want. Egg whites are cholesterol free, high in protein and can satisfy your hunger as well.

Myth 4: Skipping breakfast makes you lose weight.

Studies found that women who eat breakfast tend to consume fewer calories during the day, than those women who skip their morning meal. A recent British study also showed that over the course of four years breakfast skippers among 6,764 participants acquired twice as much weight as breakfast eaters.

Myth 5: Your metabolism and body weight are decided by your genes.

Only a minimal 25% of your entire body weight is determined by your genes, your behavior is responsible for the rest. It is a great comfort to know that you can change your body weight drastically at any point in your life by minimizing your calorie intake and engaging in exercise. It is also worthy of note that your metabolism can be increased regardless of age by simply doing strength exercises.

Myth 6: It is best to exercise in the morning.

It doesn’t matter what time in the day you exercise. Any time is just as good as any. Whether you exercise in the morning, afternoon, or evening you reap the same benefits and burn the same calories. What matters is that you do it regularly.


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