1. Eat often and small portions of food. This convention is widely used by most dieters, but actually, there is no difference to the body in the amount and frequency of meals. From the standpoint of metabolism and calorie consumption only quantity and quality of calories matters, not the frequency of their consumption.
2. Snacks are harmful. They are, if it is a chocolate bar or a piece of cake. It is better to choose in favor of an apple, brown rice and other wholewheat products, as their digestion requires more energy.
3. Food should be eaten without species. Another unconfirmed myth. According to the research of dietitians, if you add a little spice, for example, cayenne pepper, to your usual meal, at the next meal you will eat less. Most hot spices contribute to the rapid digestion and increase metabolic rate. However, people who have stomach problems should avoid this practice.
4. Weight-reduction pills. It has been written many times that these pills do more harm than good. But still there are people who believe in such miracles. Unfortunately, magic pills that dissolve all extra pounds have not been invented yet.
5. Fasting once a week do not help to become slim. Body fat needs at least 72 hours to start dissolving, therefore you will lose only water and muscle tissue instead of fat. It is much safer and better for your body, when the process of weight loss occurs gradually.
6. Stop smoking and you will put on weight. It is one of the most frequent reasons why smokers do not say good-bye to smoking once and for all. Nicotine does speed up the metabolism, but not as much as is commonly believed. Just those who quit smoking usually replace cigarettes with additional portions of food, and that becomes the cause of extra pounds. An alternative is replace a cigarette with a sugar free gum or vitamins.
7. The longer the diet, the better the outcome. In fact, weight loss slows down over time because our body gets used to short rations of food. So, if you decided to go on a diet, it is better to choose one with a small number of days, and then return to the correct balanced nutrition.
9. Sweeteners are better than sugar. Actually, low-calorie sweeteners are even more fattening than sugar. The point is that our body simply cannot distinguish it from regular sugar. Sweet taste prompts the body to prepare for a large intake of calories, but since sweeteners do not contain calories, body then becomes confused and either demands more food or burns less energy - with the result showing on the scales. Consequently, it would be far better to eat products containing sugar, but in small doses.
10. Refusal of certain food types leads to rapid weight loss. This is a myth, which helps earn virtual nutritionists on the Internet good money for making a personal list of “wrong” products for you. The fact that he only way to lose weight is to spend more calories than you consume has been long proven, and this is the main key to success.