5 Dieting Myths Debunked

Dieting Myth #1 - You have to eat a low-fat diet to lose weight and be healthy.

This couldn't be further from the truth. Our bodies require healthy fats to function properly and maintain a healthy metabolism. Healthy fats are good for our skin, brain, heart, metabolism and more. There are of course fatty foods that need to be avoided. We just need to learn what fats are good and what ones to avoid. Flax seeds, coconut oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds are examples of food containing healthy fats. Fats to avoid are animal sources, vegetable and processed oils.

Dieting Myth #2 - Skipping breakfast

The truth is, skipping breakfast will cause you to be exhausted and gain weight. You've fasted since you're last meal, a good 8 hours before getting out of bed and your body needs fuel. Going without nourishment can cause your body to go into starvation mode which causes it to store fat. It will begin to convert muscle into fat. Remember, your heart is a muscle. Does that sound healthy to you? If you want to lose weight, eat a light healthy meal within the first hour of waking up. Try a smoothie or even a piece of fruit if you're in a hurry.

Dieting Myth #3 - Portion control

This one is a bit more complex. This is where using your will power comes in. It's exhausting and you feel like a big fat loser when you can't fight the cravings anymore and you give in. The myth is that you can still eat whatever you want, you just have to minimize the amount of the particular food. That's not true. If you're eating a piece of cake that has white flour, processed sugar, food dyes, etc, all of which contain zero nutritional value, you won't lose weight and keep it off. You're body  will only continue to crave more of the junk you're feeding it. Studies have shown that diet soda causes weight gain even though it's low to no calories. Your body needs proper fuel and nourishment. You are actually fighting with your body when you try to have your junky chemical processed food and eat it in moderation.

Dieting Myth #4 - Dieting pills

Some diet pills will cause you to lose weight due to what they call "curbing your appetite." They are usually in the form of a stimulant. They can initially seem like they're working but with prolonged use, they can actually have the opposite effect. They deplete your adrenals and wreak havoc on your hormones and metabolism. They are very dangerous despite what the labels may say. They can cause heart problems as well.

Dieting Myth #5 - The Liquid Diet

You'll lose weight on the liquid shake diet but how long will you be able to live on sweet, synthetic vitamin filled milkshakes? I remember years ago a relative of mine did this type of diet. He lost a lot of weight and looked very unhealthy. It was under a Dr's supervision who insisted he get back to his high school weight. He did and it messed up his metabolism further and he didn't have energy and was very pale. Not long after he stopped the diet, he gained all his weight back plus more. This diet is not a healthy way to lose weight and keep it off.

You're worth so much more!

With Love,

Heather Silva

Heather Silva Health Coach

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