There are so many star-approved nutrition tricks, but it’s hard to know what really works and what is just hocus-pocus. Read on to find out the truth behind the most-talked-about nutrition “rules.”
STARVATION AND DETOX DIETS WORK
Studies show that these types of crash diets almost never work in the long-term. Most people actually tend to gain all the weight back within a year. The main problem is many of these diets are so restrictive that they can damage your metabolism you miss out on essential nutrients. Because your body is low on energy, it craves high-fat and high-sugar foods, which means there’s a tendency to binge-eat.
EATING LOTS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Eating healthy food on top of unhealthy food doesn't cancel out the calories you’re getting elsewhere. Eating more fruit and vegetables should replace other food, rather than add to it.
Water is essential for good health, but drinking water doesn’t make you lose weight. However, because thirst can be mistaken for hunger, keeping hydrated can make you snack less.
RADICAL EXERCISE REGIME
Deciding to exercise regularly is great, but asking your body to adapt to a demanding new routine overnight can backfire. Successful weight loss involves making small changes in your daily routine that you can stick to for a long time rather than quick fixes.
FAST FOOD IS ALWAYS FATTENING
Most cheap fast food restaurants offer something healthier (or at least less unhealthy) than their main offerings, such as a chicken salad. If eating fast food is unavoidable, make sure you ask the counter staff what the healthiest menu option is.
ALL CALORIES ARE EQUAL
All calories have the same energy content, but not all calorie sources have the same effects on health and weight. For example, 200kcal of protein is far better for you than 200kcal of sweets.