Dieting Myths That Are Derailing Your Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss there are many divergent opinions on how best to approach it. Unfortunately, many of the sentiments are myths and you can read more about them below. 

Drink water with your meal
It is often recommended to drink water with your meals to create a feeling of satiety. The problem with this is that it dilutes your gastric juices as you’re trying to digest food, creating a water log effect that leads to fermentation and putrification of your food. It is better to drink water 1 hour before your meal or 1 hour after. 

Stop snacking
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. If you’re choosing healthy snacks, such as nuts, seeds, protein shakes and berries for instance, then you’re heading on the right path. 

Cut out fruits
Most diets will tell you to completely cut out fruits because they contain too much fructose. In reality, fruits have beneficial phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber and a balance of naturally-occurring sugars – unlike high fructose corn syrup found in many commercial goods. Given you keep your fruit intake to 1-2 pieces daily and eat them earlier in the day, you’ll be able to utilize the carbohydrates to properly fuel your body and nourish your cells and tissues. 

You can burn more calories on an empty stomach
Studies have shown that whether you eat before or after a workout, your body will burn the same amount of calories. What’s more, a study published in Strength and Conditioning Journal found that skipping meals prior to exercise may lead to muscle atrophy. Try out HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as it has been shown to create an ‘afterburn’ or sustained fat burn, even after completing a workout.