True or False? Busting Diet Myths

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Breakfast_wafflesBy Staff Blogger

There is never a shortage of information about what you should and should not eat to lose weight. Everyday there is a new “secret” pill or super-food that holds the key to finally helping us fight the bulge. There are however some “secrets” that turn out to be useless information or maybe they work for some people and don’t work for others.

Television personality and physician, Dr. Oz,  tackles 5 common—and potentially misleading—pieces of advice to help you rule out bogus weight-loss methods.

Look through the list and you might find that the reason you have not been successful in your weight loss is that you had the wrong information.

 “Wait Until You’re Hungry to Eat.”

Myth!: By waiting to eat until you’re very hungry, your hunger simply builds and builds until it’s all consuming, causing your appetite to get out of control. In fact, new research reveals that by skipping breakfast, you’ll end up eating more calories in total and making less healthy food choices throughout the day than you would have otherwise. Research also shows that forgoing breakfast activates your body’s insulin response, triggering fat storage and weight gain.

Bottom line: Never skip breakfast. In general, don’t wait until you’re ravenous to eat, which can tempt you to reach for junk foods loaded with refined carbs, sugar and trans fats. Be sure to eat every few hours throughout the day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner, and incorporate a few healthy snacks in between to keep your appetite in check. Lastly, consider monitoring your hunger by measuring your appetite on a scale of 1 (starving) to 10 (full). If you wait to eat until your hunger is at level 1, you’re more likely to binge.

 “Your Metabolism Makes You Fat.”

Truth!: Your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck right below the Adam’s apple, pumps out hormones that control metabolism throughout the body. But sometimes a medical condition called hypothyroidism occurs, which can slow down production of these hormones. As a result, the digestive process in your gut slows down, causing bloating and weight gain. However, hypothyroidism impacts only about 5 percent of the population. Consuming too many calories, not exercising enough, genetics, family history and unhealthy habits, such as skipping breakfast and not getting enough sleep, are the reasons behind most weight gain. In addition to unexplained weight gain, other symptoms of hypothyroidism include dry skin, daily fatigue and coarse or brittle hair. If you suspect you may have hypothyroidism, ask your doctor to check by performing a simple blood test.

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