By Lauren Companiott, Reporter
Here are a few of the most common misconceptions about weight loss and the reality behind them:
MYTH: “Skipping meals will cause weight loss.”
TRUTH: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that those who skip breakfast or other meals throughout the day actually tend to be heavier than those who don’t skip meals because the body’s metabolism slows down. Instead of three big meals a day, try eating four or five small and healthy meals.
MYTH: “As long as a person exercises, they can lose weight and eat what they want.”
TRUTH: To accomplish weight loss, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the trick is to burn more calories than consumed. Less healthy foods can still be enjoyed, but controlling the portion and counting calories always helps. If weight loss is desired, eat well and exercise.
MYTH: “Dairy products are unhealthy and very fattening.”
TRUTH: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, dairy products are very important for the body. They contain calcium that strengthens bones, which continue growing throughout the adolescent years, and help organs work properly. Low-fat and fat-free milk are a better and lower-calorie alternative to whole milk, as are products made from them, such as low-fat cheeses and yogurts.
MYTH: “Eating after 8 p.m. causes weight gain.”
TRUTH: It doesn’t matter if people eat at six in the morning or 10 at night. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it’s what they eat, and exactly how much of it. Weight gain and loss depends on how much physical activity a person gets each day and how many calories they take in. However, if a bedtime snack is needed, eating in front of the television should be avoided. It usually causes a person to consume more.
4 TIPS FOR HEALTHY WEIGHT:
- Start the day off with a good breakfast. Breakfast kick starts the metabolism and provides the energy and nutrients necessary for the day. Studies have shown that teens who eat breakfast do better in school and eat fewer calories throughout the day.
- Get easy exercise. It may not seem like a lot, but walking or riding a bike somewhere rather than driving really does help. Instead of sitting around, take a break and get some kind of activity each day.
- Choose snacks wisely. When choosing a snack, many people’s first choice is chips or candy. Try something that will fill you up and give energy, instead. Apples, dry cereal or graham crackers are good choices because they are lower calorie and will keep you satisfied longer.
- Make being healthy fun.Get a group of friends together to play a sport or eat the healthy foods. You can even include your friends and family!