Defeating Diet Myths
Widely held beliefs about dieting may not be true.
Some common diet myths could be weighing you down.
The misconception that low fat means low calorie is most common.
"A lot of times to decrease the amount of fat in a product they actually add more sugar or starches to make the texture more pleasurable and that adds additional calories," explains Dr. Jillian Rowbotham. "It's important to pay attention to the serving size because a lot will seem to have low calorie content but when you look at the serving size it's not really a serving you would eat on your own. Sometimes you eat 2 to 3 times that, and the calories keep adding up."
Dr. Rowbotham says you should ignore everything you see on the front label of foods and read the real nutrition breakdown on the back instead.
Another big fat myth is that over the counter and internet diet pills are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
"After they're on the market they're monitored by the FDA, but unlike prescription medication where they have to prove that they're safe, diet pills and nutritional supplements don't have to go through that proof," says Dr. Rowbotham.
Other common myths debunked:
- Carbs are not always the enemy.
- Drinking water will not curb your appetite.
- Calories consumed at night are not more fattening.