Now that the New Year has rolled around a lot of people have turned to their resolutions to lose weight. It is smart and healthy choice, but when you get caught up in the act of losing weight you can get waylaid by those weight-loss myths we’ve all heard about and end up doing damage to your body, your self-esteem and your weight-loss goals in the process. So, we’ve put together a list of 4 weight-loss myths that you shouldn’t pay attention to in your effort to get healthier and fit into those clothes you wore when you were a hot, young twentysomething guy on the prowl.
Myth #1: Exercising Longer Helps to Lose More Weight
You would think that exercising for a longer period of time would help you to burn off more calories, wouldn’t you? Well, it turns out that this may not be the case. A Danish study conducted late last year found that participants in the study who worked out for 60 minutes a day ate twice as much as those who worked out for 30 minutes a day. When you work out longer you try to over compensate by eating more, causing your body to either work off the excess food or let it settle around your middle at the end of the day.
Myth #2: Don’t Eat Fat
When you are overweight you’re “fat”, so it would be logical that eliminating all fat from your diet is a good thing. Wrong. Cutting back on fat can be helpful as too much can be more than your body needs to survive (i.e. it deposits itself in trouble areas), but cutting out too much fat can be just as bad. Your body needs a certain amount of the good fats to work properly and if you aren’t supplying them your body isn’t working at peak efficiency as well as burning the muscle in your body for energy instead of fat.
Myth #3: No Sweets Whatsoever
When you diet you are of course going to cut out the trouble foods such as sweets, but depriving yourself altogether can lead to binging down the road. The trick with this is choosing the right time of day to indulge in sweets and doing so moderately. By easing your sweet tooth before noon you can allow your body to have the rest of the day to work off the sugar, fat and calories as well as help to curb the sweet tooth before it becomes a problem.
Myth #4: Adding More to Your Diet Fiber Keeps You Fuller
This myth is both true and false. While adding more fiber from foods such as fruits and vegetables can help you stay fuller (because they take longer to digest and contain more water), fiber from artificial sources may do the opposite. A great deal of food manufacturers today have tried to capitalize on this myth and have added fiber to everything from cereal bars to pre-cooked meals; while they contain the fiber that could possibly keep you fuller for longer, that fiber is encased in foods that will digest quickly and defeat the purpose. These foods are also usually loaded in additives that can detract from the “healthiness” of the foods.