You may have wanted to start a diet many times in the past, only to shy away from it because of some of the things you've heard or the self-doubt you have to succeed. There are many myths about dieting, and hopefully, we'll dispel them today!
The number one myth people fall prey to is that you can lose weight fast by eliminating as many calories as possible from your diet or by starving yourself. This is an extremely unhealthy way to go about it because your body goes into starvation mode, shutting down as much weight loss as possible. Some people only want to lose weight fast because they have an outfit they want to fit into for a special occasion coming up next week. Don't wait until the last minute to start a diet.
A very harmful untruth about diets says that you must eat one type of food, such as soup, mean, hot dogs, or even ice cream. The diet prohibits you from eating anything else except that food. This is very unhealthy as your body needs other foods to be healthy. Eating only one type of food deprives your body of essential vitamins it needs. You may lose weight, but you could also do serious damage to your body as well.
It's also been said that you must stay strictly to the foods your diet calls for and you can never stray from those foods or else you'll have to do five thousand jumping jacks to burn off that piece of pie you ate at lunch. This is not true. You can have a treat as long as you count the calories and reduce the calories from your next meal. Exercise as normal, but please, don't be a prisoner to your diet.
Don't let anybody tell you that eating before bed will cause you to gain weight; that just isn't true. A healthy diet means you are counting calories, exercising, and keeping fit. If what you eat before bed is included in the daily allotment of calories you are allowed, that will in no way cause you to gain weight. It's all about the calories; not when you take them in.
How about the one that says you can't eat anything between meals? It's better that you do eat snacks. Eat smaller meals throughout the day to keep your hunger satisfied. By eliminating snacks between meals, you're only going to make yourself hungrier at meal times, which cause you to eat a lot more than you really need just to satisfy your hunger.
There's another myth that says you shouldn't consume any dairy products at all because they're too fattening. Dairy contains nutrients your body needs, so you should have some dairy - n fact, some studies suggest those who consume, have better weight loss success! Just make sure you limit your amounts and go for the low-fat versions.
I hope this helps you to make a wise decision upon which diet plan is best for you. Consult your dietitian or doctor and they will help you to develop a healthy plan that works for you. I lost 40 lbs in 3 months with extreme dieting measures that almost destroyed my health. Spicy food + lots of milk that lead to serious diarrhea every day. I've been doing a bit of research after my dramatic weight loss experience and found that there's actually a PROGRAM designed to do what I attempted, except its basically more healthier and effective.