Diet Myths That Might Be Your Undoing
We are constantly bombarded with information on dieting and nutrition. For people—like you!–that are eager to make a serious lifestyle change to become healthier, the access to information is great. But there is a downside: an overwhelming amount of information means that not all of it is fact-checked. Myths spread like wildfire online!
Which is exactly why we’re here to debunk a few of them, so you can get healthier without following false leads.
- Portion “Size”
You’ll see tons of talk online about controlling portion “size.” Obviously it’s best not to overeat, but overeating isn’t always about quantity or size—it’s about getting the right nutrition (and not going over your calorie limit). You don’t have to deprive yourself and never feel full. You just have to find the foods that satisfy you.
A huge bowl of steamed broccoli with a pat of butter, salt, and a squeeze of lemon, for example, probably isn’t going to impact your diet much, if at all… but if you think just stealing tiny bites of brownie won’t, you’ll end up in trouble.
- Dieting Doesn’t Work
You’ll also see plenty of people undermining your efforts by saying that “dieting” off pounds just means they’ll come back. While it’s true that yo-yo dieting is a thing, making positive, permanent changes to your lifestyle can help you lose weight.
Instead of telling the girl at work that you’re having an apple because you’re dieting, just tell her you’re focusing on healthy snacks. You’ll be educating her and avoiding the lecture.
- It’s All Genetic
Of course, your genetics influence your weight—they influence everything from your eye color to which hand you use to write with! But there’s no genetic condition that can’t be subverted with very healthy eating. It does, however, mean that you’ll need to find the nutritional approach that’s right for you… but that’s true for everyone!
- All Dieting Aids are a Scam
While there are certainly plenty of products out there designed to do no more than separate you from your money, that’s not true of all of them. Every market is full of quick fixes and shortcut products that turn out to be bogus. But there are also plenty of time-tested and proven ways to help you lose weight.
Nuez de la India is one of them—used in many different cultures for centuries for its various health benefits, including weight loss. Be wary of “flavor of the moment” remedies that have little history, but don’t be afraid to embrace something new to you that has been well-documented!
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