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Dieting myths: fact or fiction?

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When it comes to dieting, whether for weight loss or to eat more healthily, we’ve all heard the different tips and tricks that are meant to give the best results.

While some diet tips do help you to shed those extra pounds/kilograms or stay satisfied for longer, there are others that could actually do more harm than good.

To help you avoid falling into the trap of a poor diet even when you think you’re doing the right thing, here are the dieting myths that you should steer clear of:

Only eat when you’re hungry

You might think that only eating when you’re hungry is a great way to avoid unneeded snacking, however, it can mean that you aren’t as nourished. Not eating regularly can mean that when you do get hungry, you’re less likely to make healthy choices, which can impact your diet.

Ensuring you have meals at regular intervals throughout the day will keep you feeling satisfied for longer and ensure you avoid mood swings, which can often lead you to make the wrong food choices.

Fat makes you feel fuller for longer

A lot of people believe that you need some fat in your diet in order to keep you feeling fuller for longer as it is the slowest food component to clear the stomach. However, this is not the case as you can feel just as satisfied by eating healthy protein and carbohydrates.

Never mind the fact that fat has a lot more calories than protein or carbohydrates, which means it can negatively affect your diet.

I need to eat more when working out

It really isn’t the case that working out burns all your calories meaning you need to up your intake even if you want to lose weight. While you may feel hungry after working out, this isn’t a sign that you should increase your calorie intake.

Working out doesn’t burn as many calories as you might think it does, so to get the best results, you should also reduce your calorie intake. This will ensure you see the best possible results, including steady weight loss.

It’s bad to eat late at night

You may think that eating late at night is bad, but it is what people tend to eat at night that really impacts a healthy diet. If you’re tired and you’ve had a long day, you tend to reach for high fat or high sugar foods at night, which have the same number of calories no matter what time of day you eat them.

While you’re likely to feel better without a stomach full of heavy food when it comes to going to bed, eating at night won’t impact your diet any more than eating during the day.