When it comes to losing weight, a lot of false beliefs and myths are lurking around. Listed below are a few of these food myths that keep us obese:
Myth #1 – All Calories Are Created Equal
The truth is there are good and bad calories. When we eat, our food interacts with our biology; every bite affects your hormones, brain chemistry and metabolism. Empty calories from processed foods could be detrimental to you health and also a reason behind the rapid and unintentional weight gain. While high-quality calories from organic whole foods could help you reach your desired weight loss goal.
Myth #2 – Diet Soda Is Better Than Regular Soda
Diet soda may actually be worse. The truth is, diet soda slows your metabolism, makes you hungry for sugar and carbs and packs on the belly fat. Stay away from all artificial sweeteners, even natural ones. Just add a little real sugar to your coffee if you want.
Myth #3 – Foods Labeled Low Fat or Whole Grain Are Good
Many of the health claims on the labels could be misleading. Food companies add a few flakes of whole grain to processed foods and try to convince us that it’s healthy. Hence we need to be mindful of what we eat, and should avoid processed foods as much as possible.
Myth #4 – Difficult to digest foods, will make you lose weight
You may have heard that some foods, because they are difficult to digest, will make you lose weight. Negative-calorie foods such as citrus fruits and celery have both been hailed for these properties. The problem is that it’s not true. The calories your body burns in fueling the digestive cycle are minuscule compared with the calories in the food itself.
Myth #5 – Liquid Calories Rarely Counts
You should always take into account what you drank at the end of a meal or a day while calculating your total calorie intake. Liquid calories add up quickly, so stick with water and calorie-free beverages, and you could lose a pound or more a week.