Weight loss is a multi-billion dollar business. We look for fast weight loss, healthy weight loss, and easy weight loss, but the truth is that in our quest to lose weight we often succumb to dieting and weight loss myths that are none of the above.
Eliminating carbs is a healthy way to drop weight fast
While low-carb dieting is a healthy and relatively quick way to lose weight, totally eliminating carbohydrates from your diet for fast healthy weight loss is a myth. Our bodies need carbohydrates for proper functioning of the central nervous system, kidneys, brain, and muscles, including the heart. Even on a very-low-carb induction phase for a low carb diet such at Atkins, carbs from leafy greens, squash, olives, okra, asparagus, avocados, broccoli and other healthy vegetables are regular part of the diet. A low-carb diet is a healthy, balanced diet that helps drop extra weight, but a diet that totally eliminates carbs is not healthy. Moderation is key if you want to lose weight and maintain that weight loss for the long term.
All fat makes us fat
All fat makes us fat is another weight loss myth. While it is true that there are many unhealthy fats that promote unhealthy weight gain, not all fat in foods is bad. Our bodies actually need natural fats to help lose unwanted body fat. Consuming these monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) may even help reduce the risk of heart disease. These healthy fats can be found in avocados, eggs, salmon, some nuts (almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamias), olives, nut butters, and oils including canola, olive, and peanut. When you eat more of these healthy fats, it actually can help your body burn more fat.
Detox and juicing diets healthy weight loss option
Detoxing and juicing are both popular and a trendy ways to lose weight. Fresh pressed juice is a great way to increase intake of fresh produce along with the vitamins and minerals they provide, but a long-term diet of juicing without taking in other foods robs your body of essentials it needs to be healthy, including protein. Dr. Sears of Zone Diet fame says that, “without balancing the juicing with protein you are essentially drinking a glorified candy bar, hormonally speaking.”
Nuts are good protein snack for weight loss
While nuts are a source of healthy fat and some protein, they are also high in calories and some varieties are high in sodium. They must be consumed in moderation or you may see the scale go in the wrong direction. For instance, a serving of almonds is 162 calories and 6 grams of protein. One serving of almonds is 23 almonds or one ounce.
In general, weight loss myths focus on eliminating a food group(s). Instead, the healthy approach is to learn moderation and to make healthier choices.