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Monday, March 14, 2016

6 Weight Loss/Diet Tips You Should Never Fall For -- And Why

When it comes to weight loss and diets, there are thousands of ideas that have been suggested over the years. Some ideas are good, but many are just bad, according to nutritionists.

6 bad weight loss ideas

#1 - A very low-calorie diet will help you lost weight: Starving yourself will not help you lose weight. Too few calories will result in loss of muscles and fluids, along with fat, and will more than likely cause you to overeat.

#2 - No carbs/no fat: Not true. Carbs are good for energy, and good fat (low-fat dairy products and lean meat) is a major fuel source for your body and also helps you absorb certain nutrients and antioxidants. Balance is the key to staying healthy and losing weight.

#3 - Eat 6 meals a day: This isn't such a bad idea, IF you are eating the right foods 6 times a day. Eating smaller amounts more often can keep you from getting hungry and keep blood sugar down. The danger is in eating too much which can cause you to want to eat more. And if you're on a low-calorie diet, eating 6 times a day won't make you lose any more weight.

#4 - Take more supplements to burn fat: Vitamins and minerals are good to take when you're missing these from the foods you eat, but they are never meant to replace food. Also, they won't help you lose weight. Excess vitamins either go down the toilet, and some can stay in your system and be dangerous if you're taking other medications.

#5 - Coconut oil helps you lose weight: Hello, coconut oil is saturated fat -- that's the bad fat. One tablespoon of coconut also has 117 calories. You are much better off eating more vegetables, fruit and whole grains.

#6 - Same food every day: There are tons of these diets, such as the grapefruit diet, the cabbage soup diet, etc. Eliminating other foods also eliminates important nutrients and increases your chances of not sticking with the diet.

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