There are a great deal of myths circulating the Internet when it comes to nutrition regimens and dieting. Read on below for some of the worst diet tips that are best avoided.
1. Fat makes you fat
Many people believe that low-fat products are the way to go in order to slim down, but the truth is they contain added sugar and artificial additives. What’s more, eating healthy fats allows for the slow release of energy and works to keep you fuller longer while reducing sugar cravings. Good fats can be found in nuts, seeds, avocado, salmon, olive oil and coconut oil. Our body needs essential fatty acids as they make up our cellular membranes and nerve cells and also manufacture hormones in our body.
2. Skip egg yolks
Countless people opt for egg white omelets, fearing the cholesterol content of the egg yolks. However, countless studies have shown that cereal grains, fructose and industrial seed oils high in omega-6 fatty acids (think corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, safflower and sunflower oil) and trans fats are actually the precursors to metabolic disorders and heart disease. Egg yolks are quite beneficial and contain a great deal of vitamins A, D, K2 and E, as well as folate, biotin, iron, zinc and selenium.
3. Artificial sweeteners help you trim down
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and saccharin found in Equal, NutraSweet and Sweet’N Low have been shown in numerous studies to be carcinogenic and tumorigenic, although results are inconclusive. Artificial sweeteners are considered toxic and disrupt metabolic regulation. In some people, they even incite an insulin response and because no glucose is present, blood sugar levels plummet and you become hungrier faster.
4. Count calories to lose weight
Drastically cutting down calories will cause your body to go into starvation mode and your metabolism will slow in an effort to preserve energy reserves. It is best to cut out 500 calories daily and exercise to maintain sustainable weight loss.