Diet Myths: Top 6 Diet Myths revealed

Diet Myths surround us since our childhood. You'll here them on radion, TV or read them in health magazines. Some are totally wrong some hold only partly true depending on the point of view. In the following we'll shed some lights on the Top 6 Diet myths.

1. Several small snacks per day help you drop your pounds easier

Your metabolism has to work in order for weight to be lost. Your metabolism will only work if you ingest food. But there isn't any difference between having five small meals or three big ones. It can be a problem, though, if five small snacks develop to the size of a large meal as you would then be overeating.

This happens because those with weight problems seem to need to feel full every time they eat. For this reason, it is important to take modest portions of the correct measurements for each particular food and quit eating when you feel full but not stuffed.

2. Cardiovascular training:
Fat burns only after 30 minutes

This isn't quite the truth and a very popular diet myth. In truth, an average person in training mostly burns carbohydrates that are the glycogen your muscles store during the first fifteen minutes of training. But fat begins to burn after only twenty minutes.

However, weight loss does not depend on reaching this juncture. The total balance of negative energy is what is important. This means that, by burning energy, you will lose weight and it doesn't matter if it is primarily carbohydrates or fat. In other words, even short training units count.

3. Slimming Teas work

Though it would be nice, there is no such thing as a tea that can make you lose pounds. Some teas help you to lose 'water weight' and this can give you the feeling of having lost several pounds. The only real truth to this might be if you drink tea instead of high calorie drinks like cola or beer.

4. Food eaten late at night
causes more fat to be stored.

Quite a few diets advise you against eating after a certain time at night. Because there is little activity, it is said that a body will store a greater amount of fat.

Dunn Nutrition Centre studies in Cambridge show that this might not be the case.

A whole body calorimeter, a device that measures stored and burned calories, was used on volunteers. In one test, volunteers were given a big lunch and a small supper, then for the next test, they were given a small lunch and a big supper. The tests showed that eating a big meal late at night made no difference in the amount of fat stored.

So, in any given 24 hour period, it is the total amount you eat and not when you eat it that is important. Lyndel Costain says: 'It is true that people who eat regularly through the day are less likely to be overweight than those who skip meals during the day, and then eat far too much in the evening." 'Regulating the appetite and total food consumption through having regular meals could be the reason for this.'

5. Full-fat milk has more calcium than low-fat milk.

Dietician Alison Sullivan says that, since calcium is in the watery part of milk rather than creamy part, 1% and non-fat milk have more calcium than whole fat milk.

According to her: "Skim milk is your best option to reduce fat from your diet to lose weight because of its lower fat content and the fact that it has 10mg more calcium than whole milk for the same 200ml."

If you are not dieting to lose weight, 1% milk is the best choice for keeping your lifestyle healthy. Underweight children and adults are the ones who would benefit from drinking whole fat milk.

6. Cholesterol is not good for you

The liver makes most of the fatty substance we call cholesterol, some is from diet. Since it can line and clog our arteries with fatty deposits, it can be harmful for us. Heart disease is often a result of clogged arteries.

But there is both bad and good cholesterol. Because it helps in the building of cells and manufacture important hormones, some cholesterol in the blood is necessary.

According to Lyndel Costain: 'Food like meat, cheese, cream, butter and processed pastries contain saturated fats that raise low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as 'bad' cholesterol, and this delivers cholesterol to the arteries.

'High density lipoprotein known as HDL, or 'good' cholesterol, leads cholesterol away from the arteries, and back to the liver.'
Unsaturated fats, such as nuts, vegetable oils and seeds, are the better choices.

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