Diet Fads and Myths…BUSTED!

There is so much information out there about healthy eating and dieting that it can be overwhelming. With all of the ever-changing fads and trends it can also be hard to tell what information is accurate and what isn’t. I took my favorite “diet myths”and replaced them with the truth.

Myth #1: Detoxing is a great way to jumpstart weight loss.

Fact: Our liver does an amazing job detoxing our bodies for us. We don’t need special cleanses, detox teas, or detox soups to help. Often times these items contain little to no calories and can actually slow your metabolism. Whatever weight that is lost isn’t true fat loss but water loss and will be regained shortly after eating again.

Myth #2: All carbohydrates are bad. 

Fact: Carbohydrates found in bread, rice, fruits and vegetables are our body’s primary source of fuel. Avoiding them all together will cause you to feel sluggish and irritable. Instead of eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, replace simple carbohydrates such as white bread, white pasta, candy and cookies with complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat bread, brown rice, beans and vegetables. This replacement will help regulate your blood sugar by contributing fiber to the meal. The fiber will also help to keep you fuller longer.

Myth #3: Low-fat is a better option.

Fact: While “low-fat” products contain lower amounts of fat, many products may contain just as many calories as the full-fat versions of the same foods. In order to allow the food to remain palatable, these foods may contain added sugar, sodium or other starches to improve flavor after the fat is removed. Be mindful that although the food is lower in fat it still should be eaten in moderation.

Myth #4: Skipping meals will help you lose weight.

Fact: Attention breakfast skippers!! Skipping meals can lead to cravings and the urge to binge at the next meal time. It can also slow your metabolism and inhibit weight loss. Eating consistently throughout the day (every 3 to 4 hours) will keep your metabolism going and your body fueled.

Myth #5: Gluten-free is healthier.

Fact: Gluten is a protein found in wheat,barley and rye products. Gluten-free foods are everywhere now and are one of the latest diet fads. A gluten-free diet is recommended for those with celiac disease because of the inflammation of the intestines caused by an allergic reaction to gluten. There are no health benefits associated with following a gluten-free diet  If you aren’t allergic to gluten, eating a gluten-free diet can restrict the amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals in your diet.The absence of it in food does not automatically make it healthier (soda is gluten-free).

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