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Common Diet Myths Debunked

No crash courses, no cheap tricks

One of the most common misconceptions about getting fit is the idea that being skinny is the way to go. We have different body types, and we can all be healthy without conforming to these notions. You can be thin or plump, either way, it doesn't indicate your 'healthiness' directly. 

Still, because of the belief that 'body fat is bad', one of the methods people resort to when getting fit is following different diets. And while it can aid weight loss and being healthy overall, there are still a lot of myths about dieting that can cause more damage than good to your system.

So if you're already ironing out your fitness plans, we say why not start with debunking common diet myths to get you to a good start? 

Getting rid of carbohydrates will make you healthier

Common diet myths debunked - carbs

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One of the biggest myths about dieting is that you have to get rid of all kinds of carbs in your diet to be able to live a healthier life. However, carbs are a natural source of strength and energy for our body and taking it away can result in getting easily exhausted. Just like anything else in life, consuming too many carbs can lead to excess body fat, but regulated eating as part of your daily meal won't do you any harm.

Coffee helps you lose weight

Common diet myths debunked - coffee

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Not quite! The thing is, coffee can give you the boost of energy you need to get moving, but just because you consumed a large cup of joe without doing anything doesn't mean you're set to lose some numbers off the scale. In fact, there are tons of high-calorie and high-sugar coffee drinks on the market that do not help your weight loss or health journey at all. 

So make sure you keep your caffeine intake moderate and try switching to tea once in a while to give your system both the caffeine and cleansing it needs. 

Cutting a lot of calories will help you lose weight

Common diet myths debunked - calories

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One of the most common things we hear from people who are dieting is cutting back their calories. However, to some, this means completely obliterating food off their daily routine and just replacing it with water or power drinks, which is more of a health hazard than an advantage. On average, men and women need at least 2000 to 2500 calories per day and only need to cut back a quarter of that to lose a pound per week. So instead of going on a food strike, just be conscious of nutritional labels and still take note of your Body Mass Index to keep yourself right on track.  

Low-sugar, low-carb, low-anything aids no-exercise weightloss

Common diet myths debunked - wellness

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Have you ever tried searching for 'how to lose weight' on Google? Did you notice that the most common autocomplete phrase that pops up with that search index is 'how to lose weight without exercise'?

Now that seems like a dream, especially for those of us who are so caught up in our busy lives. Tons of articles suggest that cutting back on sugar or carbs and filling your fridge with anything labelled 'low in....' helps the issue. However, without exercise, you may lose a pound or two but you will notice that the skin and the muscle underneath still feel soft and saggy. This is because exercise helps tone your muscles and actually convert the weight you're losing into body mass instead of just leaving things hanging. Plus, it delivers a more long-term solution than losing all your dieting results in one cheat day. 

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Here's how to have a healthier diet without trying too hard.