Post-Thanksgiving Diet Myths to Bust
We love celebrities, but after a day of pigging out on turkey, pie, and mashed potatoes, the last thing we feel like doing is getting all peppy to go to the gym like Ashley Greene, pictured left. We're stuffed! We want to lounge on the couch and have the pounds just work themselves off. That will happen, right?
If you're a firm believe like us in utilizing the holidays to do as little as possible, you don't have to resort to a super scary crash diet come December 1. Nutrition expert and founder of NutriFit Jackie Keller busts some of the most common diet myths so that when you do decide to jump back on the healthy eating and exercise horse, you won't have to resort to starving yourself or drinking wheat grass for a week.
Myth #1: Don't eat dinner if you are trying to lose weight.
According to Keller, it doesn't matter what time you eat because your body doesn't know what time the clock says. While it is true that individuals tend to be more metabolically active earlier in the day, this doesnt mean that weight loss will magically occur during these time frames. Weight loss is a function of what and how much you eat, much more so than when you eat.
Myth #2: Cutting carbs helps the pounds come off easier.
Keller points out that what makes the weight loss possible is the fewer calories in this diet, not the fewer carbs. Weight loss is all about healthy calories taken in, in the right proportion, and significantly more calories expended out, in the form of physical activity. Carb-cutting will cause the body to shed water weight, as carbohydrates are stored in the body with water. That water weight will come right back on, and such a yo-yo weight loss is counterproductive and bad for overall metabolism.
Myth #3: Detox diets are the only way to jump-start weight loss.
Quite the contrary. Keller strongly advises against detox diets as they can cause the body to go into starvation mode and actually slow down the metabolism. Instead, she says that a better way to cleanse the body is to eliminate bad-for-you, processed foods and replace them with nutrient-dense foods.