The top 15 food myths set straight - maybe the reason you can't lose weight is about to be unearthed...
False: Eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet, carbohydrates will not make you put on weight. They are a good source of energy for the body and they can easily be turned into glucose, which is what fuels the body, than fat or protein. If you want to lose weight, try eating wholegrain and wholemeal carbs as they are easier for the body to breakdown. Wholegrain recipes
False: Some low fat foods can be crammed full of sugars, low-carb dishes may be full of salt, low-sugar meals may be full of fat and so on. The things you need to look at on food packaging are sugar, fat, saturated fat, salt, calories and carbohydrates (if you’re on a low-carb diet). All of these values are important to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. They are often displayed as percentages to help you with your sums. Read our Guideline Daily Amounts feature to find out what you and your family should be sticking to every day.
False: Although red meat can contain high levels of saturated fat, lean beef, lamb and other red meats contain a lot less and form an important part of a balanced diet providing us with iron, zinc, B vitamins and protein. Skinless poultry is a good source of high protein, low fat food. But chicken and other poultry skin is very fatty, so make sure your going for the healthy option. 100s of chicken recipes
False: Dried fruit like raisins, figs, currants and dates contain lots of vitamins and are a good source of fibre, but they do not contain vitamin C, like fresh fruit does. Because the drying process removed the water from fruit you are also missing out on the hydrating properties of fresh fruit when eating dried.Easy ways to get your five-a-day
False: It’s the type of fat you need to be aware of when you’re choosing the right spread for you. Many spreads are still high in saturated fat and hydrogenated fat, which are both things you should be monitoring if you’re watching your weight and trying to look after your heart. Learn about good fats and bad fatsHealthy Heart Diet
False: Fruit juice contains a lot of fructose (natural sugar) as it takes up to eight oranges to make a glass of orange juice. This also means you’re getting lots more vitamin C as well, but unfortunately, you won’t be getting the fibre benefits from the flesh and skin of the fruit.Smoothies are an easy way to get all the benefits of fruit in a drink.
False: Avocados can actually lower cholesterol levels and are said to have antibacterial properties. They also count towards your five-a-day.Avocado recipes
False: Lots of ready meals, tinned goods and processed foods like bacon and bread contain salt. Make sure you check the packaging of everything you eat as you should only be consuming 6g of salt per day. Try our Low-Salt Diet
False: Most families who are overweight are that way not because they have ‘fat genes’ but because they have unhealthy eating habits which have been passed down through the generations. While it’s true that some people can have a collection of genes which means they may put on weight more easily it doesn’t necessarily mean they will. Healthy shopping, cooking and eating habits are necessary to maintain a healthy weight.
False: It may sound a bit strange but eating is actually the best way to lose weight. Depriving your body of food by following low-calorie or extreme diets causes your body to go into starvation mode where it hangs on to fat for energy. The best approach is to eat a balanced and healthy diet combined with regular exercise.
False: In simple terms your metabolism is the amount of energy your body uses each day and the rate at which your body turns food into energy. These rates vary from person to person, however overweight people tend to have a slightly higher metabolism because they carry extra weight. Exercise can speed up your metabolism, but ultimately it doesn’t matter if yours is high or low, losing weight depends on your overall calorie intake.
False: Eating in the evenings will not stop you from losing weight as it’s the daily amount of calories you consume that matters. However, eating late at night can cause disruption to your digestion as well as potentially leaving you less hungry in the mornings causing you to skip breakfast – an important meal for successful slimming.
False: Quitting smoking doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll put on weight – some people gain weight when they stop, some lose weight and some stay the same. While nicotine does increase the body’s metabolism, it’s effect is minimal. Where people tend to fall down is replacing cigarettes with comfort food. Chewing sugar-free gum or having a piece of fruit or vegetable sticks to hand is a good idea as it should stop you reaching for sugary treats.
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