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Monday, 7 November 2011

Diet Myths – Part 3


Ok, this is the next instalment of my series of common diet myths. Today I will look at the final two myths regarding diet.

The first myth to discuss is to do with the elimination of carbs from your diet. People often try to incorporate high-protein, low carb diets into their lives, and often report rapid weight-loss. However, there are a number of reasons why you should keep carbs in your diet. Firstly, by focussing on a high protein diet you run the risk of increasing your chances of a heart-attack. Not good. Also, by cutting carbs, you can become irritable, nauseous and weak. Finally, eating too few carbohydrates can lead to the development of ketosis, which is a serious condition that can lead to gout and kidney stones.

The final myth to explode is that skipping meals is a good method for weight loss. This is unhealthy, and the fact is that your body is more likely to store food you do eat as fat because you have been starving yourself. If you eat inconsistently it makes it far more difficult for your body to regulate the metabolism. When you starve yourself, your body goes into ‘starvation mode’ which leads to it storing any extra calories as fat.

Hope this has helped

2 comments:

  1. This is absolutely true. Our doctor tried to put my wife on a 700 calorie a day diet, and she didn't lose a pound. We figured her body was probably starving and just storing fat because she wasn't getting enough to eat. Finally, I helped create a diet plan for her, which was literally double the calories - 1400 a day, but spread out across the day in 6 meals. She's been losing about 3-4 lbs a week for the past 3 weeks.

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