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Weight Loss Dieting Myth

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

There are so many myths regarding weight loss diets. Though some may hardly affect one’s weight loss programs, others may cause major health issues. Therefore, one must be aware of the various weight loss dieting myths.

Myth # 1

Eliminate carbs from the meal plan!

Carbohydrates are the main source of body energy, and eliminating them from the diet will make you fell lethargic and will lower the energy level. However, you may have to eliminate some carbs if you want to have a well-toned body. These may include sweetened fruit juices and other drinks, sugar, fried stuff, and pastries. Instead, you main source of carbohydrates should come from complex slow releasing foods such as brown breads, oatmeal, brown rice, and sweat potatoes. Remember that your meal pan must include 40% carbs.

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Myth # 2

Starve to get that desired body weight!

Wrong, starving will only cripple your body metabolism and may even result in muscle loss. It may even affect your body shape adversely. Eat small portion of food; instead of having three large meals, have six small meals. This will make you feel full and you can avoid the tendency of overeating. In addition, starving will cause sugar highs and lows. One must also avoid skipping meals; after skipping a meal or two, you may develop the tendency to eat more than usual.

Myth # 3

Fat is bad, eliminate it from the meal plan!

Fat is not necessarily bad, though gaining fats from fried and junk foods must be avoided at any cost. Body needs certain essential fatty acids such as the Omega 3 fatty acid to work properly. They help in brain development, lubricating the joints, and in manufacturing hormones. Since the body cannot produce such essential fatty acids, it is important to consume them. Therefore, one need to include nuts, flax seed oil, olive oil, tuna, and salmon in their meal plans.

Myth # 4

High protein diet may damage the kidney!

This may be true for those who already have kidney problems, but for others this is just another weight loss dieting myth. A healthy human can easily consume a medium to high protein diet without worrying about its effect on the kidney. For per pound of bodyweight, one can have around 1.5 grams of protein. However, one must drink enough water (8 glasses of water minimum) so that the kidney can process the protein.


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