For all you guys who can’t wait to see the rest of the myths, HERE WE GO!
#6 I drink diet Coke, I’m on a diet.
Myth: Beverages with sugar substitute are not fattening.
Fact: According to a study published in the journal Obesity in 2008, and another one conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio which followed more than six hundred people for more than eight years found that those who drink diet soda didn’t lose weight and were likely to become more overweight than those who drank regular soft drinks. Some scientists believe that artificial sweeteners messes the brain and makes us want to eat more calories-dense food.
What you should do: Stick with the good old plain water. It’s the best choice period.
#7 I’ll eat whatever I want, I’ll exercise anyway.
Myth: We don’t have to control what we’re eating because exercising is enough.
Fact: If you want to lose weight, you need to use more calories than you eat. I used to run 5 kilometres a day everyday but I didn’t even lose a single pound. Why? Because I didn’t control what I was eating!
“You can make a better impact by controlling what you eat,” said an obesity researcher Susan Carnell of Columbia University. However, I’m not telling you to give up on your exercise routine, what I’m saying is exercising and controlling what you eat is equally important.
What you should do: Try to exercise everyday while also controlling what you eat and limit the calories you’re taking in each day.
#8 Hold on, let me take the chicken skin off before I eat.
Myth: Chicken skin is not healthy and fattening.
Fact: Skin on roasted, boiled, or steamed chicken makes the chicken tastes better and also provides half your daily requirement of selenium.
What you should do: As long as the chicken is not deep-fried or battered, it’s okay to have some of it.
#9 Look at my beer belly!
Myth: Beer gives you big belly.
Fact: Just like any other kind of food or alcoholic beverage that has calories, too much beer will definitely make you fat. But will you get the “beer belly” if you drink too much of it? The answer is no. A research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that when it comes to your belly fat, it’s not all about the beer, it’s the calories! In fact, from the subjects studied, liquor drinkers seemed to have bigger bellies than people who drank beer and wine.
What you should do: Drinking beer moderately is fine. Remember that an 12-ounce bottle of beer has about 100-200 calories so, just make sure that you burn off enough calories to compensate what you’ve taken in.
#10 I don’t eat at night, why am I still fat?
Myth : Eating late at night makes you fat.
Fact: It doesn’t matter what time you eat, it’s how much calories you’re taking in and how much calories you have used that determines whether you will be in shape or not.
“Calories are calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in,” said John Foreyt, Ph.D., Director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.
What you should do: It’s okay to eat at night as long as it’s not a dozen donuts or a whole box of KFC chicken wings. Just think of how much calories you have taken during the day before munching anything at night.