Are you familiar with the Mandela Effect? It’s a phenomenon whereby many people misremember certain facts or events. It’s named as such because many people are convinced that Nelson Mandela died in the 80s and that his funeral was televised. Of course, we know this isn’t true because he didn’t die until 2013 – but many people were adamant.
It sounds crazy, but it isn’t as crazy as you think. When it comes to dieting, there are certain facts that we’ve heard so often we have started to just accept them as truth, which has led to some widespread dieting myths being passed around as gospel.
Myth 1: Following A Low-Carb Diet Will Flush My Body Of Calories
Some people have been taken in by the belief that a low-carb diet allows the body to excrete fragments of fat through urine, thus purging the body of calories. There is no correlation between the weight change during dieting and ketone levels in urine.
Reducing your carb count does help cut your overall calories, simply because the foods that are packed with carbs come with fats, too. This induces a rapid loss of weight, most of which is water weight. The weight loss period tends to last up to two weeks and then comes to a halt.
Myth 2: Eating Healthy Is More Expensive
This is a big one and it’s become such a convincing argument that most people have fallen into the trap of believing that eating healthy is far more expensive than the alternative. Certainly, if you’re buying organic you will pay more, however, if you plan your meals ahead of time you can spend less on your shopping than you would hitting the drive-thru.
Over the long-term, eating a balanced diet is healthier than scarfing down fast food. A big way to save on your grocery bill is by ditching meat and embracing more legumes. There are certain healthy items you can buy in bulk to pay less.
Myth 3: You Should Only Eat If You’re Hungry
If you space your meals throughout the day evenly you are more likely to experience a bit of success in your weight loss. Start healthily at breakfast and continue eating well, regularly throughout the day and you won’t face the typical temptations people do while dieting.
Eating erratically leads to mood swings and hunger pangs that are difficult to quench once cravings kick in. People who skip meals frequently are more likely to experience weight issues because they end up eating the wrong stuff and too much of it.
Skipping meals isn’t going to save you calories or help you lose weight.
Myth 4: Crash Diets Are Great For Losing Weight Fast
While this is technically true it’s only short-term, for long-term weight loss you may be inviting problems. Losing weight slowly means you’re more likely to keep it off – and crash dieting also affects muscle mass and tissue, not just fat. The practice leaves your body needing fewer calories, but as soon as you go back to previous habits you will gain the weight back.
Myth 5: Eating Late At Night Makes Food More Fattening
There are plenty of diet plans that advise you to avoid eating after 8 pm (or even earlier). The belief is that your body stores more fat because you’re not active to burn it off. In truth, it makes no difference. The problem comes in when you eat unhealthy foods late in the evening (or at any other time of the day). It doesn’t really matter when you eat during the day, what matters is what you eat.
There are plenty of myths out there about dieting, but in truth, the best type of diet you can follow is a healthy one. Studies have found that only a dozen or so of the major diets out there are effective.
What is effective is eating healthily by including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, nuts, and seeds in your diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising regularly, having a healthy sleep pattern, and managing your stress levels. You should be making healthy choices on a consistent basis and allow yourself to enjoy life.
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