Top 10 diet myths- part 2

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Let’s debunk five more diet myths!
Myth No 6: Low-fat foods will help you lose weight.

The truth: They won’t help you lose pounds. In fact, they may have the opposite results.

The explanation: First of all, “low-fat” means “high-sugar”. The label 0% means that the nutrient has zero fat. But when you buy it, you don’t check the sugar percentage do you? Foods that claim to be low in fat usually have more sugar; that’s why they won’t help you lose poundsanything. Plus, sugar overconsumption may lead to several health problems.
Secondly, low-fat foods can be very tricky. Because they are low in fat, it’s easy to fall into the trap and eat much more than you would if the food had “normal” fat.
Myth No 7: Pasta makes you fat.

The truth: Pasta is in fact a light meal.

Explanation: You can blame pasta for your extra weight only if you combine it with greasy sauce, chopped meat and cheese on a regular basis. Otherwise, it’s a low calorie meal, perfect for summer days.
Myth No8: Fructose has zero calories.

The truth: Fructose has the same calories as sugar.

The explanation: Fructose is mostly recommended for use by diabetics, because it does not raise blood glucose. But its caloric content is just about the same as sugar’s – it is about two times sweeter than sugar, so half the amount would do the job. This might look tempting, but keep in mind that you shouldn’t replace sugar with fructose. Fructose in a small amount may be good for your health but in big amount it could be a problem because your body may not be able to process it.
Myth No 9: There are nutrients, like grapefruit and pineapple, that burn fat.

The truth: Only in your imagination.

The explanation: it’s simple. There are no fruits that burn fat.
Myth No 10: You shouldn’t drink juice when you are on a diet.

The truth: Juice won’t make you gain weight.

The explanation: Usually, we tend to overreact when we are on a diet. It’s wrong to replace every liquid with water. You obviously don’t need to suffer every time you decide to lose weight. A glass of fresh juice won’t make you gain weight. Contrarily, it contains lots of vitamins and it is essential for good nutrition.

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  1. Mallory Thursday - 26 / 06 / 2008 Reply
    The juice thing is bullshit. You shouldn't have juice when you're trying to diet, as it's unnecessary calories compared to water, and it won't fill you up. Sure you get vitamins, but you'd be better off having a glass of water and a piece of fruit, you get the vitamins, plus fibre. It'll keep you full longer, and have less calories than a glass of juice. If you don't like plain water, try a low calorie flavoured water, sugar-free iced tea, or a squeeze of lemon. Or dilute your juice.
  2. Paolo Thursday - 26 / 06 / 2008 Reply
    I agree with Mallory. Drinking juice is not a smart thing to do on a diet, it constitutes a totally unnecessary intake of calories. I can't believe someone would state that it is wrong to replace all liquids with water. Water is perfectly fine for anyone on a diet, and it is extremely healthy. Why on earth should drinking water amount to suffering? There's no pain in drinking water, in fact it is a great pleasure. Of course, if someone decides that within their dietary regimen they want to reward themselves with a daily glass of fresh juice, that's perfectly fine. After all, anything can be integrated in a diet, if one wishes so, as long as it's done in moderation. Even chocolate chip ice cream. But the real truth is that juice, like any other calorie rich drink, WILL make you gain some weight, compared to water.
  3. Evi Friday - 27 / 06 / 2008 Reply
    I think you misunderstood me. I never said you have to stop drinking water, diminish the amount of water you drink or replace water with juice. Of course water is important- you can't live without it. I said that a glass of fresh juice -no added sugar- won't harm you. I talked about people's overreaction when they decide to go on a diet. It is not forbidden to include juice on your diet.A couple of friends loved drinking juice but stopped when they heard that juice makes you fat. And even when they wanted to drink juice they forced themselves to drink water instead.So, the "suffer" thing was not about drinking water of course, it was about force yourself not to drink juice. Although i never compared water with juice, sure, juice has more calories compared to water but calories do NOT make you fat. Some juices may also contain a small amount of fat, but every organism must gain an appropriate amount of calories and fat every day. Of course, if you drink the whole bottle daily, you will eventually gain weight. Anyhow, before you go on a diet, you must know how many calories and fat you should receive; as Paolo said "anything can be integrated in a diet as long as it’s done in moderation" and that is exactly my point. Finally, i'd like to let you know that one glass of fresh juice hasn't much more calories than a fruit; in some cases they have the exact same calories. For example, an apple has 125 calories when an apple juice has 125. One banana has 105 when the banana juice has 120, and so on. All in all, a glass of juice on its own does not make you fat, and that is exactly the myth. The only way to gain weight drinking one glass of fresh juice is to accompany it with a large piece of pizza.
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    Great point about low fat usually means high sugar. One point that is really important to remember as well, and I touch on it in my book, is the substitute of sugar alcohol. Almost every low-sugar or sugar free food has a sugar alcohol substitute. This doesn't mean that you can dive into a ton of these cookies. Sugar alcohol works almost like fiber. It can have a laxative effect...beware! Clayton Garland, PGA, C.G.F.I.
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