Some diet rules are meant to be broken? Believe it or not many dated diet guidelines and myths are up for speculation. You have probably heard of a lot of these rules before, but experts weigh-in on the worthiness of these supposed truisms – most of which won’t help you lose weight or make dieting any easier.
10 Food Rules You Can Ignore:
1 – It’s best to eat at the same, time every day.
False – Eat when you’re hungry, not when the clock says it’s time to eat.
2 – If you eat at night you will pile on the pounds.
False -The total calories you consume over a 24-hour period or over a week is what causes you to gain weight. When you eat these calories doesn’t matter.
3 – Dieting with a friend always makes weight loss easier.
False – Common goals may pay off but weight loss is a personal journey and whilst the competitive angle may work for some it can have the reverse effect for others.
4 – If you blow your diet, you may as well wait until the next day to get back on track.
It’s fair to say we probably already know that nothing could be farther from the truth – always try to get right back on track with your next meal.
5 – Dietary fat keeps you feeling full longer, so you’ll eat less.
False -Fat does take longer to digest, but it will not help you control your appetite. Certain foods that are likely to fight off hunger the longest are protein foods, followed by carbohydrates, then fats.
6 – Refusing food at a party or when visiting is rude.
False – This is just an excuse, turning down food that you know will blow your diet is socially acceptable.
7 – Skipping a meal every now and then will help you lose weight.
False – Skipping a meal means you will be so hungry at the next meal that you are likely to overeat. This can also lead to a slowdown of your metabolism.
8 – Bread is fattening, nuts are fattening, pasta is fattening.
False – Whole-wheat bread/pasta is a great source of nutrients, and it won’t make you gain weight more than any other food with the same number of calories.
9 – If you don’t clean your plate, you’re wasting food.
False – If you just don’t feel right until you’ve cleaned your plate simply try putting less food on your plate to begin with, or you may overeat.
10 – All calories are equal.
False – Although somewhat true; you’ll get more nutrients from a 100-calorie apple than from a 100-calorie portion of white bread. Choose healthier items if you are losing weight, or controlling your hunger.
Don’t believe everything you hear! Much of it is just superstition or an excuse. Now you can tell your friends the real truth. At the end of the day nutrition experts say, many of the food and dieting rules we hold dear are meant to be broken – without guilt!