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Common Weight Loss Diet Myths and Facts

busting-diet-mythsThe idea behind any diet for weight loss is to consume food that contains fewer caloric amount than your body needs for maintaining its current weight. In such case of calorie deficit, the body usually responds, by turning to the previously stored fat – as an alternative source of energy, in order to try and maintain its current state. Eventually the body will get accustomed to the new conditions (the new daily calorie intake) and will continue to maintain its new weight. But for a diet to succeed, it has to be tasty and nutritious, to make it more bearable and sustainable. Which is why, cutting down completely on some foods, especially those we like to eat, is not the best approach, because longing for a favorite meal, for too long, will result in breaking the rules.

Do Low-carb, High-protein Diets Work?

diet-mythsLow-carb, high-protein diets are widely spread along the weight-loss community. Based on the rule of significant reduction in the total calorie intake, they ensure fat loss results. However this approach is rather for temporary results, but not so good for long-term weight loss. Moreover maintaining such a diet for too long bears its health risks, because the body will lack certain essential nutrients, and when on a diet low in carbohydrates and calories, the body is forced to use the existing carbs located in the liver and the muscles. Therefore, at some point the weight loss process will engage not only the excess body fat – which may have serious consequences to our health.

Bread, potatoes and beans are not “enemies” to your healthy diet, quite the opposite. They will provide you with the sufficient amount of complex carbohydrates, which are good source for energy (needed when you exercise and for any kind of physical work) and a key factor in suppressing hunger without brining too many calories. It is safely to eat moderate amounts of potatoes and bread, if properly prepared (fried potatoes, or high-in-fat sauces are not a healthy choice). A high-carb, low-fat diet is far better than excluding  breads, beans and potatoes from your daily menu.

Fat – Good or Bad?

Another myth urges you to stay away from fat, because fat is stored under your skin and makes you overweight. Well quite on the contrary, there are different types of fats, and our body needs some of them to get the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K – circulating through the cardiovascular system. Moreover, the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 cannot be synthesized in the body, therefore they have to be taken by the food we eat. These fatty acids are mandatory for any healthy diet and have no relation to weigh gain (of course if not taken in great quantities). The recommended daily fat intake is of about 30% of the total calorie allowance.

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