Almost every week there seems to be another trendy diet plan circulating around the press and internet. Some diets may have a useful application, for example if you are intolerant of some foods or need to lose weight quickly for health reasons. Others, however, seem to have no basis in fact at all.
Take a look below for our take on the four diet myths you should definitely stop believing.
Perhaps the golden rule: Never trust a ‘quick fix’ diet. They might work, yes, but the results are almost never going to last. The problem with most of them is that they rely on a very simple purge of certain foods. Cut out meat and bread and feel the effects in days – even someone who is healthy and already happy with their weight can shed pounds with these types of diets, the problem is though, that they’re impossible to maintain for any length of time. Low carb diets are popular but your body needs carbs for energy, and as soon as you start eating them again you are likely to pile the weight back on.
One of the biggest and most common diet myths is that cutting out fat is good for you. It isn’t. Your body needs fat just like it needs every other type of nutrient, and cutting fat out completely is not the right way to improve your overall health. Of course if you are someone who eats too much fat normally, then you may be right to cut some out, but most nutrition experts agree that about a third of your daily calories should come from fat in a balanced diet. Your body needs fat for energy, tissue repair and to transport vitamins around the body, so cutting it out completely can be as bad for you as eliminating any other type of food.
Wrong. A lot of people cite athletes like Michael Phelps when they talk about eating a lot to support their training regime; the Olympic swimmer reportedly takes in 12,000 calories a day when training in order to support his regime. But unless you’re a professional athlete, the same isn’t going to apply to you. The best way to gauge how many calories you should eat in a day is to speak with a nutritionist or personal trainer so that you can work out a fitness strategy. You can do this on your own, but working with someone who understands how the body gains and loses fat is the best way to ensure the right results.
A lot of modern diets are based on the way you look, indeed, some of them rely on it. But sometimes you will not notice results immediately and some studies show that, unfortunately, not noticing results fast enough is one of the biggest reasons that people give up on diets. For a lot of people, weight loss is about making themselves look better, and very often it takes a long time to notice differences in your physical appearance. It can be disheartening when you’ve lost a few pounds but can’t see it in the mirror, but that is when you most need to keep going, because you’ll feel amazing when you do.