There are so much myths and hearsays surrounding diets. There are fad diets that promise results within a short period of time and require you to cut off from certain kind of foods altogether and restrict you to certain foods that are too boring to enjoy in the first place. And there may be side effects as a result of insufficient daily essential nutrients that your body needs. For example, adhering to a diet that is high in fibre and low in carbohydrates may make you feel tired, nauseous and weak. Eating too little carbohydrates can cause fatigue and low mental concentration level. Too much fibre can cause gas, abdominal discomfort and inhibit the absorption of key minerals, leading to other problems.
The basic idea of any diet is to eat food that contains fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight. This way, the body is forced to use the accumulated fat in order to make up for the energy it doesn’t get from food. People should also learn not to put their faith into meal replacements, such as Mypoplex, Slimfast or Eat-Smart. The low-fat and high-protein diet cannot substitute a proper diet. They should never be used for more than four weeks at a stretch
Another widespread myth is the idea that the best approach to weight loss is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet. This is one of the myths that emerged from the Hollywood slimming industry. Nearly all movie stars and singers are on some such diet. However, this approach is not exactly good for you because a diet low in carbohydrates and calories forces the body to use existing carbohydrates located in the liver and the muscles. In time, this diet leads to weight loss mainly from water stored in the body, instead of fat, and also strains the internal organs.
And people should not be so afraid of potatoes, bread, rice and pasta, the leading sources of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are actually good for you because they are important sources of energy for your body. Eating less than 130 grams of carbohydrates and you may risk getting kidney stones or gout So you can safely eat moderate amounts of bread and potatoes as long as you don’t use sauces or butter, which are laden with fat. Of course, you also have to look at how these foods are prepared. French fries is not a healthy choice as too much oil and trans fat used in the preparation. Still, a high carbohydrate and low-fat diet is far better than banning potatoes and bread from your everyday meals and it is also a diet that is easier to adhere to.
Another absurd myth is that fat is absolutely bad for you. A low-fat or fat-free food is often lower in calories than the same size portion of the full-fat product. But with the flavour of the fat removed, many processed low-fat or fat-free foods may contain added sugar, flour, or starch thickeners to improve flavor and texture to improve the flavour. These added ingredients add calories.
The body actually needs a certain amount of fat in order to get the important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K circulating through the cardiovascular system. Moreover, fat also brings into the body the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 that cannot be synthesized in the body. The word “essential” means that these fatty acids simply have to be present in your daily food since they play an important role in your health. The recommended dose of fat is 35 percent of your daily calories.
Last of all, whatever diets you stick to, make sure it provides enough energy levels for your daily routine. If you feel tired, unwell or lack mental or physical energy when you started on a diet for a period of a few weeks, the diet may be not suitable for you.