Dispel the Diet Myths This Summer
With thoughts turning to a summer spent lounging at the beach or by the pool as often as possible, ladies across the country will be thinking about some form of diet. While we love you the way you are, if you do want to shed a few pounds there are a few things you should know before you start. Every workplace has someone who claims to have achieved incredible results on one fad diet or another, but a truly healthy weight loss program is about cutting back on calories, not your nutrition.
There are many myths out there regarding the food we eat and the impact it has on our weight. Firstly, many assume that skipping meals and starving yourself is a good way to lose weight. If you're not eating you can't be putting on weight, right? Crash diets are hard to maintain, and when your body is low on energy cravings for high-fat, high-calorie foods become their most intense. In a similar vein, some people think that diets are about cutting out snacks, but it depends on what you are eating. Switching to fruit instead of chocolate and cookies can help you top up your energy levels throughout the day without adding too many calories.
As for diet pills, many people believe they can encourage long-term weight loss, others see them as a little dubious, but the truth is somewhere in the middle. If you select an example from a reputable outlet, then they can be a useful supplement to a reduced-calorie diet. However, you should always speak to your doctor about them first.
There are also a lot of myths about the types of foods you can and can't eat. Beware of buying items that say they are 'reduced fat', as this is not the same as 'low fat'. They may also contain more calories than a portion of fruit, and have a higher salt content. Margarine is also thought to be healthier than butter as it contains less saturated fat, but it tends to contain more hydrogenated fats. Intake of both should be reduced as part of any diet plan.
The low-carb Atkins diet has long been a favourite of many women, but scientific studies have shown that women on this diet have tended to lose weight simply because they eat less, not just because they have cut the carbs. Wholemeal and wholegrain carbohydrates can be a healthy part of your diet.
Lastly, drinking your weight in water will not help you slim down, but thirst is often mistaken for hunger. So drink around two litres of fluid a day and try make sure you eat regular, balanced meals and you'll be ready for the summer in no time!