(Part 3 of 3)

Everyone who has ever wished to be slimmer or healthier has encountered dieting myths without even knowing that it was a myth. In this 3-part article, you will learn what makes a dieting myth, a myth and what health and weight-loss habits you should be following.

  1. If you want to lose weight, you should focus on eating healthier choices rather than just choosing to count calories.

Counting calories only works in the short-term, but it also has a long-term negative health impact. For example, to fill your 2400 calories for the day, you can choose to eat 4 large burgers from a leading fast food chain, but doing this will also up your cholesterol and fat levels. Thus, you should also look at the health benefits of the food you eat apart from just counting calories.

Choose to eat real healthy food by being mindful of how it is cooked, what oil is used, what the source of the food is (going organic helps big time). The people who eat truly healthy will see that weight loss naturally follows. Plus, your overall health will also improve.

  1. Eating after 6pm makes you gain weight because the body doesn’t digest as well at night.

Going to bed hungry is not a sustainable nutritional practice. So, unless you go to bed by 7pm, you shouldn’t practice “after 6”. Eating something small and nutritious after 6pm will help continue the fat burning process.

  1. Foods labeled ‘low fat’, ‘reduced fat’, or ‘no sugar’ are always the safer and healthier choice. 

I do not believe in “low fat”, “reduced fat” and “no sugar” labels in food products. Yes, you might have bought something that says “reduced fat” but reduced compared to what? When I look at the label, I always zero in on the ingredients to check whether it is worth eating or not. Besides, all these marketing hype enticing you to buy by making you believe you are actually making a healthy choice is just a way to sell more products.

For example, sugar-free almost always means they use some chemical sweetener as a replacement. Your body doesn’t like chemicals. Opt for natural, low glycemic index sugars like Coco sugar instead of using artificial sweeteners. Another example is, even though you choose “lite” hotdog, it doesn’t mean it is healthy. It just means it’s a lighter formulation than the regular hotdog. It probably still has nitrates, is high in sodium, and artificial flavorings. Definitely not healthy choices.