Weight Loss Myths
- Skipping meals is a good idea. The idea behind this myth is that you will consume fewer calories in the entire day. The reality is that you probably will consume at least the same amount, if not more. Skipping a meal lowers your blood sugar. Low blood sugar usually makes you very hungry. In return you end up eating quickly and probably making poor food choices when those hunger pains kick in. eating several small meals per day helps you stabilize blood sugars and control your appetite.
- Eating late at night makes you fat. Your body does not determine your weight based on when you eat. It just cares how much you eat. What is important is determining how many calories are coming in versus how many are going out. You need to find the right balance based on how much you are eating and exercising. If you take in more calories than you burn, then the extras will be stored as fat. That’s true whether you eat at night or not.
- Eating less than 1200 calories will accelerate weight loss. In fact, it may have the opposite effect. Too few calories per day causes your body to adapt to a minimal amount of food, and slows down your metabolic rate. The body may think it is starving and actually hold onto every bit of food when you begin to eat normally, your calorie needs are reduced and you end up gaining more weight even though you are consuming less food.
- Salads are always a great eating out choice. Sometimes you are better off eating a burger than a salad. Many restaurant salads are dripping in high calorie, high fat dressings. Plus, they often add fatty toppings like croutons and bacon bits. If you are going to choose a salad, be sure the dressing and extras don’t sabotage your calorie counting.