When it comes to dieting, it seems like a new trend is always just around the corner. In our culture, thin is in, and with swimsuit season coming up fast, millions of Americans are already thinking about their next diet plan. But with so much controversy over foods that are safe to eat, and which are likely pack on the pounds, it can be difficult to separate fact from nutritional fiction. Let’s take a look at some diet myths:
1. High-fructose Corn Syrup is Worse Than Sugar
We’ve all seen the pro and anti corn syrup commercials. In fact, sketch show “Saturday Night Live” even did a skit parodying the controversy. However, there is really no difference between the two, in calorie content or basic molecular structure. High-fructose corn syrup was designed to mimic sucrose (table sugar), so its composition is almost identical.
2. Carbohydrates Make You Fat
Despite the many low-carb diets available today, scientists show that there is nothing inherently fattening about carbohydrates. While these weight-loss plans often do help participants lose weight, it’s only because of the calorie restrictions imposed. Pasta, bread, and other carbohydrate-laden foods are addictive and can be easy to over-eat, but a slice of bread is no worse than any other food with the same amount of calories.
3. Calories are Less Fattening During the Day
The “Sundowner Diet” is great for people that tend to binge eat at night. However, calories are fattening whenever you eat them, regardless of the time of day. Of all the celebrity diets, this one is easy to follow, but there is no science to suggest that calories become worse after the sun goes down.
The truth remains, when it comes to weight-loss, less is always more. Exercise and calorie restrictions are the key to shedding those unwanted pounds, not cutting out “bad” foods. Avoiding chocolate, pizza, and bowls of pasta will certainly help slim your figure, but only because these foods are heavy in calories, and easy to over-eat. Dieting is never fun, but it doesn’t have to be that complicated.