It doesn’t matter if we pen this article now or in a couple of decades; the message will be the same. Dieting is a big business – it always has been, and it always will be.
The trouble with big businesses is that messages can get mixed up quickly. One year “x” works, and another year it is “y”. Over the decades, this has meant that umpteen myths and misconceptions have done the rounds about dieting. Considering all of the health concerns that arise from a poor diet, you don’t need to quiz one of the big health insurers to understand the repercussions that this can have on the nation’s health.
Following on from the above, today’s article will look at some of the primary myths and debunk them once and for all.
Myth #1 – It pays to starve yourself
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book. The theory goes that the less you eat, the more weight you will lose. In the short term, this may hold some truth. However, it is one of the worst things that you can do to your body in the long term.
What happens when you starve yourself is that your metabolism slows down. This means that when you start to eat normally again, you will pile the pounds back on – and then some.
Myth #2 – You need to eat less fat to lose weight
This is another one of those old wives’ tales that refuses to die. In the past, the thinking was that fat was the enemy. However, this is not necessarily the case.
What you need to understand is that there are two types of fat – good and bad. Good fats are essential for the body, and you need to make sure that you are getting enough of them. The bad fats are the ones that you need to avoid.
Sure, if you plough your diet with fatty foods, it’s unlikely to end successfully. However, understand that good diets constitute far more than eliminating fats.
Myth #3 – Eating lots of small meals is the key to success
This is another one of those dieting myths that refuse to die. Once again, there is an element of truth in what is being said. After all, if you eat five or six small meals a day, you are less likely to get hungry and snack.
The issue with this theory is that it’s not based on any science. In fact, there is no evidence that eating lots of small meals helps you to lose weight.
So, what’s the problem with the above? Many people eat more meals, some of which aren’t significantly smaller than normal, and they pile on the pounds.
Myth #4 – Cleanses and detoxes help you to lose weight
This is one of the most popular dieting myths around. The idea is that by cleansing and detoxing your body, you will eliminate all toxins, which will help you lose weight.The reality is that there is no evidence to support the above. Most experts agree that cleanses and detoxes are nothing more than a waste of time. Will you lose weight in the short term? Probably, as you’ll consume fewer calories. In the long run, you’re on a hiding to nothing, though.