Science Free Dieting Rubbish

Your body is a machine and dieting is a science. Unfortunately, there are plenty of diets out there that are far from proven and tend to place the term pseudo at the fore of the aforementioned ‘S’ word. Below are the diet myths that cause scientists and dieticians to frown and scratch their chins in bemusement.

Losing weight with Fat Free

Throughout the 1980s the notion that a fat free diet would result in a fat free body was touted. However, there is a current belief that this notion is partially to blame for the increasing obesity rates and the diabetes problem.

One of the reasons for this is that the reduction of fat means the food doesn’t taste as good and so the food companies substituted fat with sugars/sweeteners and salt. Fat is also necessary for a healthy brain, skin and heart function and so eliminating it is simply not a good idea.

Losing weight where you can Eat as you Wish – Once you Exercise

The amount of exercise needed to lose a pound of fat is 3,500 calories or thereabouts and exercise is not a way to lose weight unless you are also looking at what you eat. If you eat as you wish, it can be hard for even the healthiest and fittest to keep the weight off. Exercise is vital, but it does not impact as much as many people think on weight. That said it’s amazing for skin, bones, muscles and your mind and does still play a pivotal role in weight loss, health and wellbeing.

Losing weight with Power Bars

Energy bars, which are in essence processed food, were once thought to encourage weight loss. So, what was the pseudo-science behind this? These foods were filled with vitamins and minerals and other ‘healthy’ additions thought to aid wellbeing.

In reality, they are highly processed and full of sugar and so provide an excess of energy and tend to lead to weight gain. The notion of a meal in a sugary bar is not one that  is going to help you.

Losing weight with Juice Detox and Smoothies 

According to Boston University, we don’t gauge the number of calories in liquids nearly as well as we do for those in food. This means they are less satisfying and confuse our internal counter and so we often indulge a little too much. Though the blame is often pointed at diet drinks; juices and smoothies are as much to blame and are full of sugars and calories. Simply, water is the safest bet.

A diet that’s balanced in all things is the only way to stay healthy. I know that doesn’t sound as sexy or interesting as a magic bar but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true.

Victoria Wills (founder of NuBeginnings)

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