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six-diet-myths-busted-headerThe most common diet myths explained and busted.

Dieting is tough. With plenty of misconceptions and myths about how to lose weight and be healthy, it is hard to make the right choices. Check out the biggest diet myths that appear time and time again online, in conversation and in your head...and what the reality is behind them. 

Carbs are the enemy. Loading up on carbs isn’t what makes you gain weight. Consuming too many calories is! The only way to lose weight is to reduce your caloric intake. If you burn more than you consume you will lose, even if all you eat is carbs throughout the day.

Coffee will help you lose weight. While many people experience a suppressed appetite after a cup of coffee, it’s a myth that it boosts your metabolism enough to help you lose weight. Drinking too much coffee can actually have a negative effect on your health, causing anxiety, sleeplessness, and even an increase in blood pressure.

Stocking up on the “lows” will help you lose weight. Low fat, low carb, and low calorie foods seem like an easy option when looking to drop a few pounds, but many of these foods contain artificial sweeteners that can actually be counterproductive to your weight loss goals.

Eating late in the evening makes you fat. Your calories can’t tell time. The body digests and uses calories in the same way in the evening as it does in the morning. Even if you’re sitting around after you eat dinner, your body will dip into what it has stored as soon as you need more energy.

Drinking more water helps you lose weight. Foods that contain a lot of water can be helpful in making you feel full, but drinking water alone usually doesn’t decrease hunger. Thirst indicators and hunger indicators are very different, and it is hard to train your brain to accept water as a way to curb hunger.

The best way to lose weight is to go on a diet. While going on a diet may help in the short term, it is best to make a lifestyle change. Trying to cut carbs, do a juice cleanse, or other crash diet will not work in the long run because it is very difficult, and sometimes even dangerous, to keep up for the long term.

How to spot a diet myth. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Think about the studies presented. One study does not mean proof. Pay attention to the facts and make educated decisions about your health. Remember, there is no magic solution to good health. Making good decisions toward a healthy lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and keep it off long term. 

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