Three Myths That Might Be Sabotaging Your Diet
Until I met my husband, New Year’s Eve was the worst day of my year. I was always so down in the dumps and sad that my life wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I gave up on New Year’s Resolutions a long time ago. I was so tired of the same cycle: I’d psych myself out thinking I could take on a major life improvement only to drown my sorrows of failure in a pint of ice cream.
After meeting Jay, my outlook on virtually everything changed. He brought pure happiness to me. And that’s when I decided to give up on making New Year’s Resolutions. I realized that all I’d done for so many years was to put myself through a vicious and disappointing cycle. Every year I’d make some crazy, unattainable resolution and would psych myself out thinking I could take on a major life improvement only to drown in sorrow art the end of the year at my failure.
If you’re one of those poor souls who’s had trouble year in and year out with keeping your resolution to drop weight, please know that you’re not alone. A lot of people have gotten frustrated and given up (said while raising my hand). If you’re not ready to give up, kudos to you!
You need to know that there’s a lot of misinformation that could be ruining your chances of success. The diet experts at Eating Well magazine discovered three myths that might be sabotaging your hard work.
Myth #1: Doesn’t Matter What Time You Eat Dinner
If you can avoid eating late in the evening, or at night, do it! Researchers believe that going a long period of time between meals actually helps food process better. Also, people who eat late at night tend to eat more than they should and have a higher level of triglyceride levels, which can increase your chance of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Myth #2: A Calorie Is Just a Calorie
This is so not true. As a matter of fact, Dr. Robert Lustig says that certain calories are “higher quality” and eating low-sugar, high-fiber foods actually causes less blood sugar peaks, less insulin release, and less weight gain.
Myth #3: Eating Multiple, Small Meals Each Day Is Best for Weight Loss
We’ve all heard about how we should eat little meals here and there through the day to trick our bodies into thinking we’re full when we’re not, but a study found that dieters who followed a low-calorie diet had the same amount of appetite and hunger whether they had a solid breakfast, lunch and dinner or six mini-meals spaced through the day.