Diets. What are the facts? What are the myths? We’re sure you’ve heard some of these before: stay away from protein; stay away from carbs; eat only fruits and vegetables; drink plenty of water; avoid water. The list goes on and on. At one point or another, we have to ask ourselves – what’s the real deal on dieting? Today Dr. Oz reveals the four BIGGEST dieting myths we thought were true, but really, are nothing but old-school myths.
Myth #1: All Are Created Equal Even Calories. Dr. Oz says a calorie does not automatically equal one calorie. And he’s right! One calorie from a celery stick is not equal to one calorie from a potato stick we call a french fry. Calories are just as varied as you and I and everyone else in between. Think about it. Remember eating a nice well balance meal, and feeling completely satisfied right afterwards? Those are the kind of calories that you want in your diet. They are more filling, making you feel full faster and longer. Now remember the last time you ate a whole bag of potato chips. You satisfied your hunger while your hand was in the bag. But once that bag became empty, you’d start craving for another just shortly after finishing up that last chip. Those are the kind of calories that you want to avoid. In fact, according to this study from The New England Journal of Medicine, proteins, fats, and carbohydrates each provide us with differing forms of calories that we use for energy. The lesson here is to avoid less-filling saturated fats in foods like butter and fatty meat, and instead, seek out foods high in polyunsaturated fats like avocados and nuts, Dr. Oz says. Speaking of fats…
Myth #2: Eating Fats Makes You FAT. The words alone seem to ring true enough: “Fat makes you, well, fat.” But that’s completely wrong. Dr. Oz points out that eating small amounts of fat will actually help us to feel full faster. Feeling full faster will keep us from eating too much overall. Plus, we actually need fat to survive. Fat has been a part of our biological history for centuries. Without it, our physical bodies wouldn’t be able to function properly. We may not running from sabertooth tigers anymore, but those stairs when the elevator conks still pose a problem. Ultimately, what makes you fat is eating too much fat. Realize, however, this also true for proteins and carbohydrates. As our doctors usually advise, our best bet is to eat in moderation. If you gotta have some fats, make sure to get the good kind of fat. Dr. Oz prescribes foods with healthy fats like fish, seafood, and walnuts.
Myth #3: Exercising On An Empty Stomach Will Burn Fats Faster. As someone who considers themself a gym rat, I know from experience that exercising on an empty is not only ineffective, but also dangerous. You need energy to burn calories, and ultimately, fat. But if you don’t eat, you won’t have any energy to use to do the work you need to do burn those calories off. Thus, no food equals less energy, and less energy equals less calorie burn. Dr. Oz cites a published report that even reveals that our body will nonetheless burn about the same amount of fat regardless of whether you eat before you exercise. Also, by eating on an empty stomach, your body will more often than burn your muscles to power itself through a workout session. That’s a no-no. Your goal should be turn burn fat not lose muscle. However, when you exercise with a full stomach, your body will have the nutrients it needs to both burn fat and build muscle. Now that’s the goal. Be sure to eat at most two to three before your workout. A shake would be best as it will allow your body to readily and quickly use those nutrients.
Myth #4: Women Can’t Lose Weight Like Men. Even though calories are NOT created equal, in this case, men and women actually are. Dr. Oz points out that in the beginning, men lose weight more easily and quickly than women. This is due to the fact that men generally have more muscle mass than women and experience fewer hormonal changes which makes it easier for us men to burn-off those first couple of pounds. However, over a length of time, things balance out between men and women. Past and current research reveal that weight loss ultimately evens out between the sexes as long as we each follow a healthy diet and exercise program and stick to it.
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