There are hundreds of myths out there about dieting, weight loss, and what’s really healthy for you. It can be very difficult to weed out truth from fiction, so we’ve gathered some info on 5 popular myths and done our research so you don’t have to!
I have to avoid carbs to lose weight - Cutting carbs is actually not the best thing you can do to your body, particularly when trying to lose weight. As long as you don’t have them in excess and try to consume whole grain, carbs can be a happy way to add to your meals.
Skipping meals will help me lose a few extra pounds - It’s often assumed that cutting meals and therefore lowering the amount you eat in a day is a good way to lose fat. The reality is that skipping meals can just leave you tired and decrease your general health - sometimes also leading you to eat extra at your next meal. Losing weight means lowering calorie intake overall (eating smaller portions each meal) and/or burning calories through exercise.
Snacking is always a bad idea - People who are overweight consume an excess of food at every meal. Snacking on can actually encourage you to eat less during meals - and if you replace the chips and high fat snacks with healthy veggies and fruits, you might find that snacking can help you in your weight loss journey.
No more fast food! - Fast food is arguably fully integrated into North American culture. Experts realize that cutting it out isn’t always an option, and there are options to choose healthier meals at fast food restaurants. Simply pay attention to the nutrition facts and stay away from unhealthy meal add-ons like french fries.
Frozen or canned fruits/veggies are less healthy for you than fresh - This is a very common misconception - we assume that because it’s fresh it’s better. This also feeds the myth that healthy eating is too expensive. As long as you rinse excess salt from canned veggies, they are just as nutrient-packed (sometimes more!) than fresh.