Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Weight Loss Myth: Eating Low Fat and Sugar Free Foods Will Help You Lose Weight

This one was inspired by my significant other, who came over last night with some sugar free and low fat ice cream as a treat. Ice cream is my downfall when it comes to sweets. (Two of my dearest friends are Ben and Jerry) He thought he was doing a good thing. (He gets an "A" for his sincere efforts). Unfortunately, he is under many miss-perceptions, like so many people, when it comes to weight loss and healthy eating. Perhaps you are too.

Let's Face It, Gaining Weight Is A Whole Lot Easier Than 
Losing It.

We all know that. We don't need anything making it even harder for us. Did you know that some of the things you are doing to lose weight can actually be sabotaging your weight loss efforts? Here is just one of the many myths about weight loss that I hope will make it easier for you to lose weight faster and keep it off for good.

"Low Fat" And "Sugar Free" Foods Will Help Me Lose Weight.

Nope!  On the contrary, "low fat" foods usually have a much higher sugar content, to improve the flavor. Fat actually adds flavor to foods, so without it, they have to add sugar, and synthetic additives, to make it taste good enough for you to eat it.

"Sugar free" foods usually use artificial sweeteners to sweeten them up. Artificial sweeteners are extremely harmful to your body. (You're much better off with sugar)

Both of these "diet" foods contain artificial and synthetic chemicals that harm your body. To add insult to injury, when you consume these chemicals, your body recognizes them as harmful and goes into "survival mode". This includes holding on to and even gaining weight, to help it stay balanced in the face of the unintentional abuse you just heaped on it!

The result ends up to be, the more "diet" foods you eat to lose weight, the more you gain weight!

The Myth Buster

Low fat and Diet Foods do not help you to lose weight. They can cause you to gain weight instead!

Just The Facts, Jack

If you want to eat foods that will help you to loss weight, go for the natural foods that come right from nature, or as close to nature as possible. Fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains are best. If you're eating plenty of these foods on a daily basis, then its OK to allow yourself a little sweet treat now and then. Keep it small, only on occasion and enjoy it thoroughly. No guilt Allowed! Oh, and keep it natural whenever possible. (No sugar free ice cream, please)

Do Yourself A Big Favor, And Don't Buy Into All The Marketing Hype Of The Diet Industry.

They're main interest is their profits, not your weight. Learn to read labels. They are one of the best defenses you have to protect yourself from misleading advertising and to support healthy eating and weight loss.

Stay posted for more health myth busting posts.

Do you have a health myth you'd like to have busted? Write a comment to let me know.