Losing weight is hard work! And it’s even harder when you fall victim to some dieting myths that JUST DON’T WORK! So, here’s the truth behind some things you might have heard, courtesy of the Bottom Line Personal.
- Myth #1: The less you eat, the more weight you’ll lose. Dr. Mark Hyman is the author of Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss. And he says our bodies are made up of hundreds of genes that protect us from starvation. That’s why we start GAINING weight if we eat too few calories. In fact, the average person that goes on a diet actually gains 5 pounds. The remedy? Don’t diet! Instead, eat foods that turn on your metabolism. These are whole foods that come from nature – like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and lean animal protein. If you eat only these foods, you won’t have trouble with your appetite – it will self-regulate, and the triggers that drive you to overeat will be under control.
- Weight-loss myth #2: You can control your weight by counting calories. Many people believe that all calories are created equal. But that’s not the case. Hyman says everything you eat contains instructions for your DNA, your hormones and your metabolism. And different foods have different effects on your body. For example, the sugar in 100 calories worth of cookies enters your blood rapidly, increasing insulin levels – a hormone that causes you to store fat around the middle. But the sugar in 100 calories worth of kidney beans enters your blood stream slowly, so your insulin levels remain stable. More calories are burned – not stored. So make sure you eat the RIGHT calories.
- And one last dieting myth: It doesn’t matter what time you eat. When you eat LATE, calories again are stored, not burned. So, don’t eat within 2 hours of going to bed. You need to give your body time to digest and work off your food. And don’t forget to eat breakfast! The National Weight Control Registry has found that 96% of people who’ve maintained weight loss for six years eat breakfast regularly.