10 DIET MYTHS BUSTED!
#1 But I only had two meals today! How can I get fat?
Myth: Skipping meals helps you lose weight.
Fact: Eating 3 meals a day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, is a normal routine for most of us. But sometimes when we try to lose weight, we skip a meal, hoping that we will actually get slimmer. The fact is, you won’t get slimmer but you will gain more weight! This is because by skipping a meal your body switches to survival mode and this slows down the metabolism. Eventually, it will result in an increase in your waist size. Let’s think of it this way, if skipping meals really helps you lose weight, then why do we see big, overweight monks? (Buddhist monks are allowed to eat until noon only).
What you should do: Eat at least 3 meals a day or have small meals up to six times a day to keep your metabolism going and your appetite down.
#2 Don’t eat the yolk!
Myth: Egg yolks have a lot of calories, therefore chuck it away!
Fact: Recently, Wake Forest University researchers found no connection between egg consumption and heart disease. More and more researches are saying that egg yolk has nutrients that are beneficial to our health.
Saint Louis University has also conducted a research and found that people who have eggs for breakfast consume fewer calories than those who have bagels.
What you should do: Don’t be afraid of eating the egg yolk but keep in mind, moderation here is the key.
#3 Coconut Milk? I don’t think so.
Myth: Having coconut or having food that has coconut milk as part of the ingredients will make you fat.
Fact: Believe it or not, ounce to ounce, coconut contains even more saturated fat than butter does. And this is the reason why doctors say not only will it make you fat but eventually it will clog your arteries as well! However, many researches say that saturated fat in coconut is beneficial to heart risk factors. Why? It is because 50% of its saturated fat content is lauric acid. What is lauric acid? let’s say a recent study of 60 studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that although the lauric acid increases LDL or “bad” cholesterol but it increases HDL or “good” cholesterol even more!. This means it won’t make you gain weight and it also helps prevent cardiovascular diseases.
What you should do: Go ahead and have this wonderful tropical fruit! There’s nothing bad about it.
#4 I always have reduced-fat peanut butter, I’m not going to get fat.
The myth: reduced-fat or non-fat products are better than full-fat products.
Fact: As we all know fat makes all food tastes so much better. This is the reason why when they try to remove fat from the food, they need to add extra stuff such as sugar or other chemical substances to enhance the flavour and texture of the food. These extra ingredients, health-wise, sometimes can be a lot worse than full-fat products. Besides, “full-fat” doesn’t mean “no calories”, does it? Next time you try some low fat products like yogurt and peanut butter, notice that they are even sweeter than the full-fat ones.
What you should do: Stick with the normal products and again moderation is the key here.
#5 Don’t put butter on my toast!
Myth: Butter makes you fat!
Fact: Of course butter has a lot of calories but if you think of it, one pat of butter actually contains only 36 calories! Besides, research says that fat in butter improves your body’s ability to absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.
What you should do: Just don’t eat bread slathered with butter. Instead, spread a little bit of butter on your toast in the morning.
Okay, That’s all for this post. Yeah yeah, I know we are only up to myth number 5 but if you want to know the rest, please come back next week and check out this blog again;)