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6 Common Dieting Myths Revealed

Aug 2, 2008
You may have wanted to start a diet many times in the past, only to shy away from it because of some of the things you've heard or the self-doubt you have to succeed. There are many myths about dieting, and hopefully, we'll dispel them today!

One of the first misconceptions is that people think that if you reduce as many calories, from your diet, as you possibly can, that you can lose a great deal of weight quickly. This is very harmful for your body because you need calories for energy; your body, in fact, begins to starve. The most effective and safe way to lose weight is to do it gradually.If your prom or wedding is in May, start your diet at least five months before.

Another myth we face in our quest for a slimmer waistline is the one that tells us to only eat a certain type of food all day, every day. Grapefruit, pepper-laden water, and even hot dog diet fads have resulted in many binges over the years. Following dangerous fad diets means your body's not getting the necessary nutrients it needs to fight off illnesses and stay healthy.

You may have also heard that you can never stray from your diet. If you do, you'll need to exercise for hours to make up for it. This isn't true. It's okay to have that fudge brownie once in awhile. You only need to adjust your calorie intake for the day. There's really no need to exercise for hours just to compensate for one little treat.

Don't believe what you've heard when they say you cannot eat before you go to bed. Dieting healthy means you are watching your intake of calories and you are exercising along with it. Eating before bed will not change that, unless it's 5,000 calories; then you might have a problem.

While on the subject of calories, there are some diets that tell you to remove all calories from your diet completely. This is very harmful and will actually slow down your weight loss process. You need calories for energy; without them you cannot burn the excess calories you have built up (fat). Consult your doctor to find out who many calories a day you should be taking in and stay within those guidelines; but for goodness sakes, don't eliminate them completely. It's like trying to run a car without gas.

There's another myth that says you shouldn't consume any dairy products at all because they're too fattening. Dairy contains nutrients your body needs, so you should have some dairy - n fact, some studies suggest those who consume, have better weight loss success! Just make sure you limit your amounts and go for the low-fat versions.

Try not to fall victim to the myriad of diet myths circulating the 'net. A healthy balance of proper eating (most of the time) and exercise can work wonders for your diet success!
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