Nowadays, on the Internet, you can find many tips, tricks, and diets that can help you to reduce your body weight in a short time and with little effort. If you need to lose weight, before you start doing any of those tricks, read what the experts have to say about some popular diet myths. Because, unfortunately, many of these “guarantees” for quick weight loss will not give you the success you expect.
These are the most popular diet myths:
Myth 1: Eating late at night is a major cause of weight gain
Fact: Some diets recommend that you avoid eating late at night to reduce weight. But a recent study showed that the intake of a rich meal in the evening does not produce more fat in your body than eating less at the same time. Avoiding unhealthy snacks late at night will help you not to gain more weight, but this fact applies for any period of the day, not just for the evening hours. Sleeping on an empty stomach can also affect your sleep, and research shows that people who have a good sleep are less likely to gain weight.
Myth 2: Avoiding breakfast is a good way to lose weight
Fact: All scientific researchers show that people who have a regular healthy breakfast have a more proper body weight than those who skip it. This happens because if you eat more regularly the chances of starving later in the day are smaller. Also, breakfast speeds up your metabolism and gives you more energy to carry out daily activities. The key is choosing a healthy and balanced breakfast and avoiding a high-calorie meal full of fats and sugars.
Myth 3: It is important to eat special foods to reduce weight
Fact: There are many diets that recommend you to include eating special foods or replacing food with various shakes, drinks etc. All these things can help you lose weight but in the short term. They can also be very expensive and tasteless, and many of them do not provide the required daily dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your organism. Also, such diets and food substitutes do not promote healthy eating habits, so you are at great risk of quickly returning the lost weight, and sometimes even your weight can duplicate after the diet. Besides that, rapid weight loss can increase the risk of health problems.
Myth 4: “I have a tendency to obesity, it’s in my genes”
Fact: The tendency to weight gain can run in your family. But no matter what your genes are, the cause of overweight will always be related to how much and what kind of food you consume. Although you may suffer from obesity because of your genes, the right diet can help you to reduce weight and maintain your ideal and healthy weight.
Myth 5: Drinking ice-cold water burns calories
Fact: When drinking ice-cold water, your body will burn some extra calories to warm up the water that you have drunk. The number of calories burned during this process would roughly be between 8 and 20 calories, which is very small. Drinking larger amounts of water while you are on a diet is a great idea, but if you think that if the water that you are drinking is ice-cold will help you reduce more weight and makes a big difference, be aware that this is just yet another myth.
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