Myth: “I can lose weight while eating whatever I want.”
Fact: To lose weight, you need to
use more calories than you eat. It is possible to eat any kind of food you want
and lose weight. You need to limit the number of calories you eat every day
and/or increase your daily physical activity. Portion control is the key. Try
eating smaller amounts of food and choosing foods that are low in calories.
Myth: Low-fat or nonfat means no calories.
Fact: A low-fat or nonfat
food is often lower in calories than the same size portion of the full-fat
product. But many processed low-fat or nonfat foods have just as many calories as the full-fat version of the same
food or even more calories. They may contain added
sugar, flour, or starch thickeners to improve flavor and texture after fat is
removed. These ingredients add calories.
Myth: Fast foods are always an unhealthy choice and
you should not eat them when dieting.
Fact: Fast foods can be part of a
healthy weight-loss program with a little bit of know-how.
Myth: Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight.
Fact: Studies show that people who
skip breakfast and eat fewer times during the day tend to be heavier than people
who eat a healthy breakfast and eat four or five times a day. This may be
because people who skip meals tend to feel hungrier later on, and eat more than
they normally would. It may also be that eating many small meals throughout the
day helps people control their appetites.
Myth: Eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain.
Fact: It does not matter what time
of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat and how much physical activity
you do during the whole day that determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain
your weight. No matter when you eat, your body will store extra calories as
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