7 Silly Weight-Loss Myths Debunked By A Dietitian

While it may seem difficult to maintain a healthy weight, it is actually a lot simpler than we make it. Eating well and staying active are the main ways you can lose weight and keep it off. But many times, we fall victim to trendy diets that are not that great for our bodies. These types of weight-loss fads are not only ineffective, but they can be dangerous as well. With expert advice from dietician Andrea D’Ambrosio, we explore common trendy diets and reasons they are not good for your health. Check out these 7 silly weight loss myths debunked by a dietician.

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We should be eating only alkaline foods

Many celebrities have jumped on the alkaline bandwagon and are convinced that it helps with all sorts of issues like bloating and weight gain. The general idea behind this diet is that illness is created by acidity in the body, and that eating alkaline foods only will help to reduce acidity levels. But D’Ambrosio says this is not accurate. “The foods we eat cannot change the pH level of our blood or body cells,” she said. It can only change the acidity of urine, which is not a holistic reflection of your health.

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You should eliminate all fats

Many diets currently deem fat as something to avoid at all costs. And certain types like unsaturated, saturated, and trans fat should be eliminated as much as possible. But there are some fats that are actually good for you. D’Ambrosio suggested finding ways to incorporate healthy fats like omega-3 fats and those found naturally in plants.

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All carbs are bad for your health

Low carb diets have been popular since the 90’s, and hold the belief that even fruits and whole grains that contain carbs are no good. But the truth is that carbs are an important component for keeping your energy sustained through the day. The real issue is the type of carbs, and processed and packaged foods are full of the bad ones. “When our carbohydrates are cut too low, our body actually resorts to breaking down our muscle before it would go to fat tissue,” explains D’Ambrosio. “When you’re planning on losing weight, fiber [found in carbohydrates] is your friend, and carbohydrates can be used strategically to ward off hunger.”