If you have been looking for some great tips to help you to lose weight, then the odds are that you have come across dozens, if not hundreds of various forms of advice. The internet, your friends, magazines, and other sources will often offer lots of different strategies and techniques that they claim to be effective. Unfortunately, these sources are often riddled with what sounds like very rational truths, but that are actually common diet myths.
These diet myths can be quite difficult to recognize because of the fact that a lot of them sound as though they have science and reason behind them. However, it is very important not to fall victim to them or you could end up sacrificing the effectiveness of your diet or even place your health at risk.
The following are some of the most common diet myths that you should avoid.
• The best diets require you to give up carbs – this is a gross misinterpretation of diets such as Atkins, which has caused millions of dieters to make poor dieting choices that have not only held back their ability to lose weight but that have caused them to remove vital components from the variety of their food consumption. Carbs are actually critical to weight loss. The key is eating the right balance of carbs, proteins, and fats. If you don’t know how to do this, speak to your doctor, a nutritionist, or a dietician.
• High fructose corn syrup is the main cause of obesity – while it is true that this commonly used, unhealthy sweetener isn’t a friend to a person’s ability to lose weight, it is the food choices that we make in terms of what we eat and how much of it that is actually to blame, especially when combined with our activity levels. A healthy person who eats a balanced diet and who exercises most days will not experience weight struggles if they occasionally indulge in treats that include high fructose corn syrup.
• Detox and cleansing make weight loss diets more effective – the truth is that most doctors do not recommend these practices. Detoxing and cleansing through fasting, teas and other products that are high in diuretics (such as dandelion root) or laxatives are actually highly stressful for the body and have not been proven to be healthy for the average person or to accelerate weight loss. In fact, they can actually put the health of certain individuals at risk. Unless specifically recommended by a doctor, the odds are that a diet that includes a healthy fiber intake is all that is required for natural detoxification and will also promote faster weight loss.