We bust the most common myths in the dieting world
Myth: You’ll be fine on a high protein and low carb diet
Fact: This type of diet is suppose to get most of the daily required amount of calories from protein and fat foods, like meat, dairy, eggs and fish, with little take from food that contain carbs like rice, pasta, bread and vegetables. The main problem for people on this type of diet is that common foods are not allowed, which makes it easy for the dieter to become frustrated and fed up. When frustration sets in, giving up is always the next step. Another problem is the lack of energy that people have, while eating too much meat and dairy to compensate will raise cholesterol levels.
High protein and low carb diets do result in weight loss for some people, but it’s not just the fat that they lose. Not eating enough carbohydrates will lead to a loss of lean muscle mass and their kidneys have to work overtime to process the excess protein and fat.
The extra strain on your kidneys is unhealthy and can lead to headaches, dehydration, nausea and feeling light headed. Before going on any kind of diet it’s best to discuss it with your Doctor first. If you think dieting will be your answer to weight loss then start with a balanced diet, it’s the healthiest and safest way to do it.
Myth: Fad diets will lead to permanent weight loss
Fact: This is another common myth amongst dieters. Diets that require you to cut certain foods out or only eat certain types of food are unhealthy and should be avoided. The cornerstone of any healthy diet is to supply the body with all the necessary vitamins, minerals and calories. Diets that cut out important food groups are not healthy. Fad diets promise to deliver quick and permanent results, but they never work. People crave their favourite foods and soon quit the diet. Maybe in a few weeks they’ll try another fad diet. It’s a vicious circle.
The key to permanent weight loss is exercise and a healthy balanced diet. Many studies all over the world have shown this to be the case time and time again.
Myth: Reduced fat or zero fat foods is always a healthier choice
Fact: the only low fat foods that are also low in calories are fruit and vegetables. The low fat cheese, low fat ready meals or fries are an unsafe choice when dieting. To make these products taste good, extra sugar, salt and flavourings are added, which still means the same amount of calories, if not more. If buying reduced fat products, always read the list of ingredients first, if salt or sugar is near the top then stay away.
Myth: Becoming a vegetarian will help you lose weight quickly
Fact: Meat doesn’t make people fat. This may be difficult for some people to accept, but even the best food plan in the world won’t work for you unless you take charge of your eating habits and make sure that most of the food you eat is healthy and low calorie. Cutting out burgers and fatty meats that are high in calories will help you to lose weight but converting to vegetarianism overnight will only lead to trouble in the future if you don’t do it correctly.
Since plants tend to have a lower concentration of nutrients than meat, you will have to eat more food than before to make up for this difference. Not to mention that a strictly vegetarian diet will not get you enough vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, calcium and zinc. These substances are taken mostly from dairy products and eggs in a regular diet, but true vegetarians can’t touch those. You’ll have to rely on the few and uncommon vegetables that can provide these substances.
Becoming a vegetarian is a lot more complicated than people think. Proteins and certain minerals like B12 are difficult to obtain. A carnivore can easily obtain protein by eating meat, fish, dairy and eggs. A vegetarian has limited choices and can become deficient in vitamins and minerals.
Myth: Dairy products make you fat and can cause heart problems.
Fact: We now know that eating too much dairy can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. However, the amount you have to eat on a regular basis is much more than the average person consumes. Dairy is a safe and a good source of calcium when eaten in moderation.