High protein diets are the best diets
sorry you lose again!
TRUTH – Your body NEEDS carbohydrates to function. This is why eliminating carbohydrates from one’s diet is unhealthy, and on the long run – dangerous. Proteins are needed for body building and are very filling, however, most food items that are of high protein content are also high in fat. A high protein diet may result in weight loss, however, it will constitute of weight loss in muscle mass and not in fat mass. Moreover, this diet cannot be sustained forever and hence once this diet is stopped, the person will gain weight – however that weight gain would mainly be fat mass (fat mass, unlike muscles mass, does not enhance metabolism and is just mainly blubber). In conclusion, dietitians do not recommend high protein diets, we always recommend a moderate diet with exercise which eventually should become a lifestyle.
Starving is an excellent weight loss technique
TRUTH- When you skip meals during the day, the body goes into “starvation mode”. In an effort to naturally conserve energy in starvation mode, the body slows down its metabolism. Not only that, but prolonged starvation causes the body to break down fat (wait this is not a good thing!) instead of glucose for energy, resulting in ketones. High amounts of ketone have damaging effects on body organs
Eating many smaller meals throughout the day enhances metabolism
TRUTH- There is a slight truth to this myth, in such that digesting food requires energy and so our metabolism revs up as we eat – but this increase is negligible for weight loss. In reality the best methods to enhance metabolism is through exercise and not skipping breakfast. Exercise helps increase muscle mass which in turn increase metabolism. Also having breakfast is like revving up a car before driving early in the morning. You prepare your body for a full day’s work. Best advice, exercising early in the morning sets up your body for the day.
Foods eaten at night have more calories
calories can’t tell time, they’re not very bright
TRUTH – Calories are calories whether its 8am or 8pm. The only kernel of truth here is that people tend to be more active in the morning, hence are more likely to burn off the food they eat. However, this does not mean that overeating in the morning doesn’t count! Again the key is in the quality of the food, and in moderation.
Conclusion, if want to get rid of that tummy or those hips – changing your lifestyle is the way to go. Adjust your caloric intake and start using exercise techniques that target your problem areas. The rule is simple but flexible in the sense that you can tailor it to fit you. Don’t like running? Take up dancing! [I hear zumba is the new way to go in Lebanon]. Final words, it’s really not quantum physics, but sadly it’s a lot of willpower and perseverance. It’s hitting the gym and not indulging in that oh-so-yummy chocolate fudge [ok fine indulge, but make it only for really worthwhile events]. From one fellow dieter to all of you – GOOD LUCK!