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Do you believe anything and everything when it comes to dieting? Are you someone who hasn't eaten an egg yolk since years, and can't eat stomach French fries without being saddled with guilt. We list out some of the wrong dietary habits you have been religiously adhering it and you must ditch them right away. Read on.
Fat Makes You Fat
Not all fat will make you fat. It depends on the type of fats you are eating. Fats in chips, cookies, and greasy foods can increase cholesterol and your risk for certain diseases. But good fats, like those found in nuts, avocados, and salmon, protect your heart and support your overall health.
Cut Out Carbs
Chrissy Carroll, R.D., founder of Inspired Wellness Solutions, LLC. "Yes, it is true that excessive intakes of refined carbohydrates, like white bread or white rice, may lead to weight gain or increased cardiovascular risk," she says. "But there is no research suggesting that healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, or legumes, can negatively impact health or weight. On the contrary, many studies suggest a diet high in these plant-based foods is associated with better overall health."
Load Up on Protein
Sorry, caveman lovers: eating lots of protein alone won't aid in weight loss. That is because thebody needs three macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fat to burn calories. And hogging exclusively on protein won't make any sense.
Exercise On an Empty Stomach
Working out with or without food in your stomach doesn't affect calorie burn—but skipping meals before sweat sessions may result in muscle loss. And before you settle for a sports drink, know this: While a quick sip of sugar energizes your muscles, the drink’s other artificial additives can be harmful to your health.
Eat Every Two Hours
Going four or five (or even eight!) hours between normally-sized meals will not make your metabolism slow down. Eating more frequently may help stave off hunger, which can help you fight temptation," she says. "But if you want to do this, you have to be careful to keep your meals and snacks really small. Otherwise, eating every two hours can simply lead to taking in too many calories over the course of the day.
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