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How To Lose Weight Without A Diet Tip 10 - Busted! 5 Top Diet Myths Exposed!

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Today we come to part 1 of tip 10 in my series 'How To Lose Weight Without A Diet'. This one is all about busting the top diet myths we are bombarded with day in and day out. These myths conspire to create the 'fad diet' culture we are falling for in a big way. These diet myths are behind all the crash diets that are flourishing at our expense.

How to lose weight without a diet? Give the top diet myths a sucker punch by arming yourself (and your kids) with the facts!

Top Diet Myth 1 - Don't Eat Carbs. They Will Turn You Into A Blob Of Fat!

What this is, is a big FAT lie. Carbs can't make you fat. The sin isn't in the carbs, but in what you have with it. Of course bread with a rich layer of butter or mayo comes with a higher calorie content. And that can add to your weight. Or what about that rich pasta sauce? So, as long as you are careful with what you have with your carbs, they shouldn't be a problem. Carbs are good for energy and can form part of a healthy, balanced eating or nutrition plan.

Top Diet Myth 2 - You Can Lose A Ton Of Weight Overnight With A Crash Diet

Well, how many of you have tried this? And how many of you have kept the weight off? It may seem to work at first, as you will be shedding a whole lot of water, but this is no real, sustainable weight loss. You will probably also be losing precious muscle tissue - not a good thing at all.

What happens as a result of a crash diet? Your metabolism crashes! It slows right down, as your body assumes that it has to go into starvation mode, because it is not getting enough nourishment. It actually begins to hold onto fat! This is the last thing you want. What will happen as a result? You will gain all that weight right back and then some! And it will become even tougher to lose weight. It is a vicious cycle.

The solution? Discover how to lose weight without a diet. You can do this by simply making smarter food choices. Throw a bit of strength training into the mix and the increased muscle mass will help you to burn more calories automatically, even while you sleep.

Top Diet Myth 3 - Avoid All Junk Food, Sweets And Treats

This is where many folks stumble badly. If you have a long list of foods that are totally forbidden, you are going to feel deprived. And that is going to make it impossible to stick to your eating plan. Again, it is all about balance.

If you aim to maintain your healthy nutrition goal on 6 days, but opt for a small pizza (or whatever is your 'must-have') on the 7th day, it should help you rather than hurt you. It will give you something to look forward to. It will motivate you to maintain a healthy diet the rest of the week. And it will satisfy you, before that craving causes you to go completely overboard.

Of course, you still have to be careful. Don't opt for the biggest portion and don't add all the fattening toppings. But do have something to enjoy and something you can look forward to as a treat on one day of the week.

Top Diet Myth 4 - Skip One Meal (Breakfast) A Day To Lose Weight Fast

Top Diet Myth 4 Skip One Meal This is a biggie that can really do more harm than good. Why is it important to eat breakfast? Let's look at two of the things that happen if you skip breakfast:
  • Your body metabolism again slows down, because of a lack of nourishment. Remember, it has been many hours since your last meal! Your body can't start the day functioning optimally if you don't give it the necessary fuel to run on.

  • You will be absolutely starving by teatime, which will make it more likely that you will grab the nearest doughnut or other fattening snack to fill you up. And you can be sure that you are not going to feel like having a healthy salad! In the end, you are going to take in far more calories than you would have with a healthy, balanced breakfast.

Top Diet Myth 5 - Avoid All Fats. Fats Are REALLY, REALLY BAD For You!

This is simply not true. In fact, avoiding all fats will be harmful to your body. You need healthy fats as part of your daily nutrition. These include fats such as olive oil, fats from plant sources such as nuts and avocados and coconuts, as well as things like flax seed oil. Just remember that the fact that it is healthy, doesn't make it calorie-free! You still have to watch the quantities. Nuts, for example, are calorie dense and are high in fat, so you have to eat small portions.

Remember that many nutrients are fat-soluble. This means that you have to take in some healthy fats with your meals to ensure that your body can absorb the nutrients properly. So, you may think that you are being 'good' by eating a healthy salad with a fat-free dressing, but the lack of fat may actually cause your body to miss out on some of the vital vitamins, etc!

The healthy fats can help your body with heart health and with fighting cancer. They are also crucial for your nervous system and for healthy cell membranes.

Learn to read food labels. Run a mile if you see any mention of 'trans fats' or 'partially hydrogenated oil'! Trans fats are found in many baked goodies such as biscuits and crackers, in fried foods such as french fries or doughnuts and in solid fats such as stick margarine. When you next visit a restaurant, ask about trans fats and the oils they use.

In part 2 of this tip we bust a few more diet myths. That article also concludes this 'How To Lose Weight Without A Diet' series. I hope you are enjoying this journey-towards-health as much as I am!

How To Lose Weight Without a Diet: Tip 1 | Tip 2 | Tip 3
Tip 4 | Tip 5 | Tip 6 | Tip 7 | Tip 8 | Tip 9 | Tip 10a | Tip 10b

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