Myth: Skipping meals will help you lose weight.
Fact: If you skip meals, you can actually gain weight. This is because your metabolism slows down and makes you feel hungrier than normal. When you next eat, you'll most likely eat more than you should and so the calorie count increases substantially.
Breakfast is the worst meal to skip because it jump-starts your metabolism. If you eat a healthy breakfast, you'll be less likely to overeat during the day. Your nervous system and brain need sugar for energy so it can function properly. If you don't eat your meals, your body has to use stored carbs to fuel it.
Myth: Drinking a lot of water will help you lose weight quickly and easily.
Fact: You do need to drink plenty of water to remain hydrated. 60% of your body is comprized of water and up to 75% of your muscles are water...
water can help you lose weight if you drink it instead of juices, soft drinks and alcohol. These drinks contain sugar in high amounts which are unhealthy.
water suppresses your appetite, helps your kidneys function efficiently and helps prevent constipation.
It also improves...
the tone of your muscles,
helps if you feel depressed,
fights chronic fatigue and
defends against allergies.
Myth: Eliminate dairy products from your diet.
Fact: You need dairy in your diet. However, choose low-fat and non-fat options. Women especially need the calcium found in dairy products. Studies have shown if you take in sufficient calcium via food, you can lose weight.
Myth: Your willpower is the most valuable element in your weight loss journey.
Fact: You DO need strong willpower but you also need discipline and control. There are also many other factors that can influence your success including your...
family situation and
whether you get the support from those around you.
Your lifestyle choices affect how successful you will be, as does the strength of outside influences. Your willpower isn't enough to ensure your success.
Myth: Because starches are fattening, you should limit your intake.
Fact: Many foods with high amounts of starch have low levels of calories and fat. Unfortunately, people tend to add high-fat foods - such as butter, mayonnaise or sour cream, which increases the starch levels. Foods high in starch are complex carbs so they take longer to digest and keep you full for longer. They give your body energy as well.
Never believe myths without checking them out for yourself. Regardless of if you have Type 2 diabetes, another serious disease or illness, or are perfectly healthy, you must watch what you eat or your health can be affected.
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making simple changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by high blood sugar levels, and eliminate many of the complications you may already experience.