If you are a woman, the chances of having gone through a weight loss diet by now are considerably high. And most of the diets going around hide myths that not only sabotage our weight loss plans, but discourage us from pursuing what we believe are the eating habits that suit us best. Here are the most common myths:
1. It’s harder to lose weight during winter. We’ve read this in dozens of magazines, we’ve heard friends confirm it and it has become a law. Moreover, we expect to gain a few pounds during the cold season. But if you sit and think about it, cold weather makes our body consume more energy to keep the same temperature. So, in reality, we are burning more calories. The myth has some truth in it, as during winter we indulge ourselves with foods (or dish sizes) we would definitely say no to in the summer. The tip? Eat just as much as you eat during the summer.
2. Eating late at night puts weight on. This comes from the idea that the stomach doesn’t have the time to digest the food and thus, there is no time to consume it. So it is deposited as fat. Scientists have noticed no connection between eating late at night and weight gain. However, eating one meal a day, in the evening or at any other moment during the day, promotes the increase of fat storage. The trick is to eat several times a day, smaller meals.
3. If I eat less I can drink more. People tend to go by this rule, especially at parties. The truth is that even drinks have calories, and the worst part is that you don’t even feel them. A glass of soda can have up to 300 calories, the equivalent of a sandwich. A glass of red wine has 150 calories and a glass of champagne has 100 calories. And you never have just one glass at a party. The answer is to alternate food and drink.