Aim to strengthen your every day by learning how to debunk
the myths that may hinder your way.
MYTH: Fad diets will help me lose weight and keep it off.
FACT: Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. These diets often promise quick weight loss if you strictly reduce what you eat or avoid certain foods. Some of these diets may help you lose weight at first, but often they are hard to follow and people quickly get tired of them and regain any lost weight. Furthermore, many fad diets do not provide all of the nutrients your body needs. If you are looking to develop a healthy weight, start by making healthier food choices, such as eating smaller portions, and build exercise into your daily life. Stay educated about what’s in your food by downloading the “Fooducate” app to your phone! http://win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/myths.htm
MYTH : Skipping meals will help me lose weight.
FACT: Skipping meals may make you feel hungrier and lead you to eat more than you normally would at your next meal. In particular, studies show alink between skipping breakfast and weight. People who skip breakfast tend to be heavier than those who eat breakfast. For a quick breakfast, try a fruit and yogurt smoothie or PBJ with a banana. Also try incorporating mid-day snacks into your day, such as low-fat yogurt, almonds with a piece of fruit, or veggies with hummus.
MYTH: Eating healthy takes too much time.
FACT: People believe that eating super healthy requires a lot of work, therefore they put it off. Instead of seeing eating well as “all or nothing”, start where you are. Take one small step at a time and you will gradually find what works for you. Take simple steps such as eating meals at the table instead of in front of TV or on the go, which will help you listen to your hunger cues and enjoy your food. Set goals to swap a new fruit or veggie into your diet each week and for that sugary or salty snack. Slowly add whole grains, lean meats, and fish.
MYTH: The “Freshman 15”
FACT: Although it may be hard to believe, there is no such thing as the “Freshman 15.” Studies have proven that the average freshman only gains 2.5-3.5 pounds during their first year at college. Students may experience weight gain due to lack of sleep secondary to an increased amount of study time, which leads to an increase consumption of convenience foods. Alcohol, stress, and freedom over food choices also increases intake of higher-calorie comfort foods.
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