4  Dieting Myths You Probably Thought Were True

Posted on November 5, 2016 in Living Well with 0 Comments

Fitness Myths

Hey Team Fitfam. We hope our Healthy Eating series has been of great help to you so far!

We are sure you know this by now, but dieting is more than going on a hunger strike. According to Wikipedia, dieting is the practice of eating food in a regulated and supervised manner to either decrease, increase or maintain body weight.

Daily, more people jump on the diet bandwagon, and more confusing myths are generated. The results – complete frustration in an effort to lose pounds and stay healthy. That’s why we are here to debunk 4 common myths about dieting and tell you all you need to know.

Myth 1: “If you exercise, you can eat as much as you want.”

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You can’t out-exercise a bad diet, says Daily Burn blog.  Half the time, when people think like this, they end up binging on food that’s not right for them.

For DeHenzel Training System, another issue with the mentality of “If I exercise, I can eat whatever I want”, is that food is often viewed as a reward.  This can easily create a bad relationship with unhealthy food and the mind; that’s something you definitely don’t want.

Myth 2:   “There are no bad foods. Just eat everything in moderation.”

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You may have heard that there are no good foods or bad foods, only good and bad diets. But truth be told, some foods just don’t carry any weight nutritionally speaking. Also, to say there are no bad foods might be a licence for some people to eat anything, especially unhealthy junk, whenever they want.

Diet Doctor blog refers to this myth as bad advice. They recommend you eat as much healthy food as you can, whenever you are hungry. When it comes to junk food, eat as little as you can and if possible none at all. You can totally down your consumptions of foods with no nutritional value. Foods like candy bars which are made from sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. According to Workout Mommy, the stickier the candy bars, the more unhealthy they are. Soda drinks made it to the list too. They lack vitamins and contain tons of sugar and chemicals that give taste and colour. And as stated in Eatthis.com, they contain a lot of ingredients that can do some harm to your body.

Myth 3:  “Carbs are bad.”

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Once upon a time, fats were the Number 1 public enemy of nutrients. Now, all fingers point to carbs. However, many carbohydrates are good for your diet like potatoes and whole wheat bread. Carbs don’t necessarily make you fat. Extra calories do.

Carbohydrates are found in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains — all important additions to a healthy diet. The key is to reduce consumption of simple carbs, like cookies and cereals while choosing mostly complex carbs, like whole wheat bread and carrots.

Myth 4.  “Snacking is bad for you”

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There has been an eternal debate as to whether snacking is good or bad for your diet. We found in Discover Good that when it’s done right, snacking can be a healthy habit that may help you manage your weight and balance your diet. This is because snacking breaks the long stretch between meals and may prevent you from overeating at meal time.

The myth on snacking emerged from late night snacking of processed foods, or foods high in extra fat and sugar. The ultimate rule is the snack smart; choosing the healthy snack options. We recommend you read our Healthy Snacking Tips post to help you snack smart.

There you have it, guys! We hope we’ve helped to clear some myths for you. We also know there are more flying around, so do tell us some you’ve heard, whether you believed them or not.

Also, as you share this post with your friends to help them stay healthy, invite them to try out some of our great recipes from our MAMADOR COOKBOOK.

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