The 5 Worst Myths About Dieting

By Letizia L

There are endless myths about dieting and how to lose weight online. Not snacking between lunch and dinner, for example, is one of the most harmful myths for our diet. Here are the worst lies about dieting, that we should get forget so as not to waste time and start losing weight instead!

1 – You can eat whatever you want and burn calories with sport

This is just a classic way to never start or to get your diet completely wrong. Sport certainly is important but, in order to lose weight, it is necessary to follow a balanced diet. The formula for weight loss is this: 80-90% diet and 20-10% sport.

2 – Drinking water makes you lose weight

Properly hydrating your body is very important. On average it is recommended to drink about 1 and a half liters of water a day, but in special cases, you may need up to 3 liters. Drinking water helps drain and eliminate toxins in the body… but it doesn’t melt the fat. You don’t lose weight by drinking water: it is just a myth!

3 – You will lose weight if you eliminate fats from your diet

Lipids are essential nutrients for our body and in particular, those called essential fatty acids are very important for our health. In fact, they cannot be synthesized by the body and must be provided by the food you eat every day. Avoiding the intake of these nutrients means exposing yourself to deficiencies that can put your health at risk. You don’t have to completely eliminate fats from your diet, but select the “good” ones and the right amount.

4 – Skipping snacks will help you lose weight

Among the most common myths about dieting, there is also the “no snacks” rule. Nutritionists recommend having five meals a day to better distribute the intake of the necessary daily calories. The key is to “listen” to your body and eat when you are hungry.

5 – Any mistake is fatal

This way of thinking is extremely common among people on a diet. If you are too strict about your diet, you will end up experiencing it as a punishment. Like all too rigid constraints, sooner or later you’ll get tired of them and go back to your old habits. A “mistake” from time to time is even desirable. It is a way of saying to yourself “good, you deserved it” and this can only help you pursue the path to achieve your dream size!