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The most common myths when it comes to dieting

Although part of the theory is clear, we fail in practice and repeat some wrong lessons, such as bread is fattening or fat is bad. We review the most frequent mistakes we make when we go on a diet to continue to progress properly.

The most common myths when it comes to dieting, find out which are true and which are not

Instead of traditional recipes for greens, vegetables and legumes, in our day to day we succumb too often to the temptation of easier and more comfortable options such as processed foods.

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MYTH 1. Skipping breakfast helps you lose weight

30 percent of Spaniards wake up with such a tight time that they rush off to their daily obligations without having breakfast. Or having a coffee on the run: 62 percent spend between 5 and 10 minutes a day and 17 percent say they are even faster.

There are studies that show that there is a direct correlation between not eating breakfast and an increase in the Body Mass Index. Skipping breakfast causes more hunger in the later hours of the day, so there will be a greater chance of opting for unhealthy foods.

In addition, the body defends itself against this fast by activating enzymes and fat accumulation mechanisms. A healthy breakfast should provide a quarter of the energy we need per day. Starting the day with nothing in the stomach is directly related to a drop in energy, poor intellectual performance, tiredness and bad mood.

MYTH 2. Bread makes you fat

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It is one of the most widespread beliefs and the most common "sacrifices" of those who want to keep their weight at bay. However, eliminating it from the diet is not justified because the amount of calories it provides (230 per 100 grams) is very reasonable within the essential daily caloric count.

A healthy and balanced diet requires that approximately 50 percent of the calories consumed come from carbohydrates. Diets that are based on banishing them from the plate do so based on the theory that, in this way, the body will have to turn to fats and proteins to obtain the energy it needs, with the consequent loss of weight.


 

MYTH 3. Fruit after meals is indigestible

Not even fruit, universally considered a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals has been spared some erroneous beliefs that spread by word of mouth and that, without obeying any scientific argument, serve as an excuse to replace it with another option Less healthy .

Although it is possible that a specific fruit makes a person feel bad, it is not true that they are difficult to digest. Its residence time in the stomach is very short and if it is taken after meals, far from making digestion difficult, it favors it, especially some. Papaya and pineapple are very useful to make digestions much lighter and faster and, in addition, they help to improve the assimilation of nutrients.

MYTH 4. Sleeping for long hours makes you fat.

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Our mind has these deceptive shortcuts that make us associate a person who needs, likes and insists on sleeping enough hours with someone lazy, inactive and, consequently, with a greater predisposition to overweight and obesity.

This assumption stems from a logical reasoning: the more hours you rest, the fewer calories you burn, and therefore the more fat you accumulate. However, the reality is the opposite. Those who sleep less than 5 or 6 hours each night over time gain more weight than those who sleep 7 or 8 hours, according to the latest studies from the Spanish Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SEEN).

MYTH 5. Fat is bad

Not even fruit, universally considered a healthy source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals has been spared some erroneous beliefs that spread by word of mouth and that, without obeying any scientific argument, serve as an excuse to replace it with another option less healthy (like a sweet, industrial dessert).

Or fat makes you fat. Or animal lipids are more fattening than vegetables. Fat is one of the most feared villains in food. Of the misunderstood diet, of course.

Its bad reputation comes from the fact that fat contributes 9 kcal per gram regardless of its origin, more than double that of carbohydrates or proteins (about 4 kcal / g). That is why they became enemy number one in weight loss diets.

Arymel García

Editor of muii.in. Passionate about nutrition and healthy living, I have been a content creator for 8 years.+ info

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