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Weight Loss Myths Debunked

When it comes to losing weight, everyone seems to have a trick on the best, easiest, most efficient way to drop the pounds and stay looking trim. However, many of these “tricks of the trade” are often outdated, and can even be doing more harm than good.

In order to lose weight the right way, it’s important to separate trendy fads from scientific proof. Below I have debunked a few of these diet myths that have been floating around the diet-sphere for years, so you can finally base your weight loss regiment on fact rather than fiction. 

  1. Myth: Eat more so your body doesn’t go into ketosis.

    Eating frequently throughout the day is necessary to keep your metabolism going, however there is a right and wrong way to do this. You should try to eat every 2-3 hours, consuming 3 meals a day interspersed with light snacks. Sometimes this rule can be misinterpreted and lead to over eating, which obviously hinders weight loss. Eat frequently, but ration out your calories so you do not go over your allotted amount for the day.

  2. Myth: Carbohydrates cause weight gain.

    Calories are calories, no matter where you get them from. Whether they are from carbohydrates or protein, eating too many will cause weight gain. During a diet, it is important to stay within your daily calorie allotment, which should include plenty of carbs. Just make sure you are eating the healthy, complex kind, not the refined, high-glycemic starches that will leave you hungry shortly after eating. 

  3. Myth: Eating low fat foods will help your body lose fat.

    Naturally low fat foods are good for weight loss, but the key word here is natural. Diet food products with the buzz word “low fat” plastered all over the cover are not the same. Most of these foods are supplemented with high sugar content and other unnatural preservatives. It’s wise to lower fatty foods during your diet, but don’t cut out all fats completely. Avocado and coconut oil can actually aid in digestion and help with weight loss.

  4. Myth: You can’t gain weight from organic, GMO-free foods.

    Even though it is good for you to eat organic, non-GMO, gluten-free foods, you have to remember that they still have calories that can cause weight gain. Just like when eating processed foods, you need to be mindful of calories, fat and sugar amounts in the nutrition facts. The good thing is that when eating organic, non-GMO foods you are limiting your intake of processed foods that are harder for your body to understand and digest efficiently. You will probably realize you feel better when you eat more natural produce, protein, fat and carbohydrates. 

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