Myth: Fad diets are Effective
Fad diets are called “fad” for a reason—they promise quick weight loss by convincing you to limit certain foods and essential nutrients from your diet. Sure, you’ll probably lose weight at first on the “baby food diet”, but you can’t live on a strict low calorie diet for the rest of your life to maintain the weight loss. Why? For one reason most fad diets are really unhealthy because they lack the nutrients your body needs.
And secondly, diets that consist of only 800 calories per day can cause heart abnormalities and dangerous blood sugar crashes. Instead, doctors recommend a weight loss plan of no more than 2 pounds per week with a healthy, balanced meal plan, portion control, and daily physical activity.
Myth: Low Fat for Weight Loss
It kind of makes sense that it takes cutting fat to lose fat, but at the same time slashing your fat intake completely can deplete your energy reserves, and mess with your hormone, cholesterol, and insulin levels. Remember that healthy unsaturated fats—like the ones from nuts, oils, avocados, fish, and eggs—are essential for fueling the body for activity.
Myth: High-Protein Diets are the Healthy Way to Lose Weight
Let’s face it; high-protein diets can’t be maintained over the long run for so many reasons. If the bulk of your daily calories come from high-protein foods—such as meat, eggs, and cheese—you’re hardly getting a balanced set of nutrients, and you’re eating too much fat and cholesterol, which increases your risk of heart disease.
Plus the lack of fiber in your diet, typically made up by fruits, whole grains and vegetables will leave you constipated and with a nasty problem called ketosis (from a buildup of ketones, which raises your risk of gout and kidney stones.