5 Diet Myths Debunked

Eat Carbs, Gain Weight

5 Diet Myths: Eating carbs will make you gain weight.
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There’s something about the word “carbs” that makes people fearful of gaining weight. But there’s not a whole lot of fact behind that feeling. The truth is, you absolutely can eat carbs without gaining weight. In fact, they can even help you lose weight. But it all depends on what type of carbs and how many of them you’re taking in.

The carbs that come from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains contain healthy fiber which makes you feel full and curbs overeating. Just watch out for refined carbs, like white bread and pastries, which are low in fiber and high in sugar and calories. And beware of calorie-dense carbs with small portion sizes. Basically, carbs don’t make you gain weight, excess calories do!

It's Always a Good Idea to Order a Salad

5 Diet Myths: If you’re dining out, it’s always a good idea to order a salad.
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This is absolutely false. A salad can be a healthy choice at a restaurant, but it could also be a diet disaster. Restaurant salads are often piled high with toppings that are super high in sugar and fat. Watch out for candied nuts, dried fruit, cheese, fried tortilla strips, and more. And dressing, especially creamy or oily kinds, can add hundreds of fatty calories to the meal. If you are ordering a salad, stick with one mainly made up of fresh vegetables and lean protein. Then get a low-fat dressing on the side and dip, don't pour.

Eat What You Want as Long as It's Healthy

5 Diet Myths: You can eat as much as you want, as long as the foods you choose are healthy.
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Yes, it’s better to eat healthy foods than unhealthy foods. But the truth is calories count. Just because a certain food is nutritious doesn’t mean you can eat an unlimited amount. Take bananas, for example. One medium banana has about 105 calories, half a gram of fat, and three grams of fiber. That makes a pretty nutritious snack. But if you toss three in a blender for a smoothie, and add that to your regular food intake, you’re looking at an extra 300+ calories. Everything you eat has calories, and if you eat too many calories, you’ll gain weight.

Surrender Guilty Pleasures and Lose Weight

5 Diet Myths: To lose weight, you have to give up your favorite “guilty pleasure” foods.
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One of the keys to weight loss is balance. If you go cold turkey (no pun intended) and give up all your favorite foods, chances are the decision will come back to haunt you. You may feel so deprived that you give up altogether. Instead, find healthy, low-calorie alternatives to your favorite “guilty pleasure” foods. That way, you’ll satisfy your cravings without going overboard.

Going Vegetarian Is Better

5 Diet Myths: Going vegetarian cuts calories and leads to weight loss.
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Think of all the meatless foods out there that are high in fat, sugar, and calories: pizza, pasta, cakes, cookies…the list goes on and on. Replacing a breast of chicken with a big bowl of cheesy pasta definitely isn’t going to help you lose weight. Whether you’re a vegetarian or not, you need to make healthy choices and keep your calories in check if you want to lose weight.

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