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Common diet myths and misconceptions

By Edited Dec 24, 2013 0 1

Most people would like to lose a few pounds especially after the holidays. The new year is a good time to embark on a weight loss goal, but many people are confused about various things they hear about weight loss.
There are many things that are commonly believed to be true about weight loss, but many are myths. Many times, people think they are eating healthy choices, but some of the choices they are making are not healthy options.
They also hear about popular diets and decide to try them, but many popular diets are not healthy and also do not help you lose weight and reach your goal.

Some popular diets encourage followers to eliminate a single food group in an attempt to lose weight. This is not necessary and not a healthy choice.
In order to lose weight and be healthy, your body needs a variety of food so that it can receive all the nutrients it needs to be strong. You need water, vitamins, protein, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber and even fat in your diet each day to maintain your weight or lose weight.
The best option is to have a variety of foods in your diet each day and each sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables each day. You should also include whole grains and nuts to make sure you are getting enough fiber and healthy fats. Eating a balanced diet which includes all food groups will help keep your body healthy and your immune system strong.

Another diet myth is that meat is the only source of protein that you need. In addition to meat, you can find good sources of protein in dairy products, soy products, and in nuts. Your body should have approximately 30 grams of protein each day. Even fruits and vegetables typically have about 1 gram of protein per serving.

Many people believe that you need to eliminate all fats from your diet in order to lose weight and be healthy. Your body actually needs approximately 50 grams of fat per day. The key to eating fat is to eat fats that are better for your body. Fat helps your joints and muscles work smoothly.
Good fats can be found in raw nuts, olive oil and avocados. Be sure to eat limited amounts of hydrogenated fats though. These fats can be unhealthy especially when consumed in large quantities.

When trying to lose weight, people often think that they will be hungry during the process. Being hungry is not a healthy state when you are trying to lose weight. Instead of being hungry, you should be full, but you should be full from healthy options instead of foods high in fats and calories.

If you find that you are hungry after a full meal, be sure to eat more vegetables and fruits to satisfy your hunger. In addition to being uncomfortable, being too hungry can also cause your metabolism to slow down.

If you have more questions about choosing foods and making healthy diet choices, you can consult a nutritionist in your area or do some research online.



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