Are These Food Myths Sabotaging Your Diet?

If your diet isn’t working, these food myths may be to blame

Going on a diet is difficult enough. Don’t make it harder than necessary by sabotaging it and believing these common food myths. Learn the truth and stay on the right track for successful weight loss

Myth #1 — Negative Calorie Foods Help You Lose Weight

Dieters love this myth. Who doesn’t like to believe that some foods are so low in calories you can burn up the calories just by chewing? Unfortunately, it only takes 11 calories per hour to chew. So, you can’t burn up many calories this way.

Celery, grapefruit, and cucumbers are all good foods for you to eat. They also don’t have many calories. This doesn’t mean that by eating and chewing these foods, you cancel out any calories they have.

Myth #2 — When You Crave a Food It Means Your Body Needs It

As much as we would like to believe our craving for chocolate mean our body needs it, it just isn’t so. There is no medical proof that your body craves certain foods to fill nutrient deficiencies. Emotions and psychological needs control food cravings.

Myth #3 — Fat and Sugar Free Foods Help You Lose Weight

When many people see ‘fat free’ or ‘sugar free’ on food packages, they automatically assume they have free reign when it comes to how much they eat. This simply isn’t so. Foods that are fat or sugar free still contain plenty of calories.

The bottom line? You must burn off more calories than you eat each day to lose weight.

Myth #4 — Carbohydrates Make You Gain Weight

Anything will make you gain weight if you eat enough of it. However, the carbohydrates that make you gain weight quickly are those found in processed foods and fast foods.

High fiber carbohydrates like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, apples and other fruits and vegetables, are not only good for you, they help you lose weight. These natural foods help you lose weight because they are high in fiber. This makes you feel full and helps you cut down on snacking.

Myth #5 — Bananas and Watermelon are Fattening

Bananas only have 105 calories. One cup of watermelon has 46 calories. Compare that to one slice of pepperoni pizza, which has 525 calories. You would have to eat a lot of bananas and watermelon to come close to the calories found in foods you eat every day.

Plus fruit has fiber, vitamins and nutrients that fast food and processed food don’t. You’re much better off eating a piece of fruit any day.

The key to losing weight is eating healthy and exercising not food fads. Don’t fall for food myths that mess up all your hard-earned weight loss. Learn from these and other food myths and diet in a sensible way for success.