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If only figuring out how to lose weight were an open and shut case. But if slimming down happens to be a goal of yours, you may have experienced the struggle of parsing through conflicting weight-loss advice. Here, I explain the truth behind popular misguided pieces of weight-loss information.

 

  1. Myth: All carbs will make you gain pounds.

Some people equate carbs with weight gain because they bind water and can lead to bloating. You’re not truly getting bigger, but it can feel like it. The other reason people see carbs as a nutritional adversary is because they can be so easy to overeat, which can lead to added pounds.

  1. Myth: indulging is off-limits.

Humans have increasingly long lifespans. Can you honestly imagine never touching your favorite food again for decades? It’s just not sustainable, which is why experts don’t advocate swearing off your most-loved treats altogether. I strongly believe that all foods can fit into a healthy diet.

  1. Myth: going gluten-free is good for dropping pounds.

If you don’t have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, adopting a gluten-free diet probably won’t do much in the way of lasting weight loss. You might see a change in the beginning because you’ll cut back on things like pasta, bagels, and pizza, but it’s likely not sustainable.

 

  1. Myth: the number on the scale is the best marker of health.

So false! Weight may be one way your doctor lets you know if you’re at risk for lifestyle-associated diseases, but even then it’s not always the most reliable indicator. Someone who’s technically outside of the normal weight range but has healthy habits can be less at risk for things like heart disease, than someone in the normal weight range who doesn’t eat well or exercise.

 

  1. Myth: low-fat and fat-free foods are automatically better for you.

Many low-fat processed or fat-free foods have just as many calories as the full-fat versions, if not more. To compensate for the loss of flavor and texture that occurs when you take away fat, they add sugar, salt, or other additives.

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