When you are on a diet, it is almost always expected that your family and friends will offer you some tips on how to lose weight. And with the amount of weight loss tips that you are going to receive, it is very important that you are able to determine which tips to listen to and which tips to ignore. After all listening to the wrong advice will not only derail your diet but it will also cause your diet to fail.
Below are some of the unfounded weight loss tips which have been passed on:
Chicken is less fatty than red meat
Many people believe that eating chicken is a healthier and better option than eating red meat. However, the fact is, you cannot generalize that chicken is always a better option than meat. Keep in mind that while red meats may have higher levels of saturated fat, there are also many other red meats. Lamb and lean beef do not have a high fat content. The same is true for chicken meals. While a skinless chicken may contain low fat, there are also other chicken parts which are very fatty.
The important thing when choosing between meat and chicken is to be aware of this and to always choose the healthier option.
Put some lemon juice on your food
Many people falsely believe that putting lemon juice on their food will lessen the fat content of the food they are consuming. How this myth started is unclear and despite this it is very surprising to know that even in the absence of any logical explanation, as to how the lemon juice lessens the fat content of the meal, many people still believe this.
The truth is, the only help you are getting from the lemon juice is to make your food taste less greasy. The sharp lemon taste overpowers the greasy taste which could fool you into thinking that it has lesser fat content.
Avoid eating a cooked breakfast
While it is true that some cooked breakfasts, such as bacon, may be unhealthy, merely cooking your breakfast will not make your food unhealthy. There are many cooked breakfasts which you can eat without having to worry about ruining your diet. Keep in mind that it is the food which you choose to eat as well as the manner by which you cook your food that will determine whether you are eating a healthy breakfast or not. Focusing on fresh fruit, berries, and raw foods is a good rule of thumb to help you kick start your day full of energy and stimulate your metabolism to get you through the day and burning fat.
Choose butter spreads instead of butter
Butter is butter no matter how you spread it. No matter what you put in it and no matter how spreadable it is. It is still butter. And it still contains the saturated fat and hydrogenated fat that you are advised to avoid.
Dried fruit is as good as fresh fruit
Many people believe that there is no difference between dried fruits and fresh fruits. While dried fruits do contain a lot of vitamins and fiber, eating dried fruits is still not the same as eating fresh fruits. Dried fruits do not provide you with the hydrating properties of fresh fruits as all the water has been taken out during the drying process. In addition, you will be surprised to know that dried fruits do not contain vitamin C.