10 Diet Rules Meant to be Broken
Some food 'dos and don'ts are best ignored, experts say.
10 Food Rules to Ignore continued...
3. Dieting with a buddy always makes weight loss
No one doubts that companionship and common goals can pay off for dieters.
But Aronowitz notes that there are some instances in which the buddy system may
work against you and your buddy.
"If one buddy fails and the other doesn't, it clearly upsets the
balance, and could cause tension and embarrassment," she says. Ultimately,
Aronowitz says, weight loss is a personal journey. If you find it's easier with
a friend, remember to compete only against yourself -- not each other.
4. Dietary fat keeps you feeling full longer, so you'll eat
This was a well-accepted food rule for many years. But Somers says new
research has challenged this logic. It has shown that while fat does take
longer to digest, "it's actually the least satiating of any food group --
so no, it will not help you control you appetite," Somers says. The foods
likely to stave off hunger the longest are protein foods, followed by
carbohydrates, then fats, she says.
5. When you blow your diet, you might as well wait until the next
day to get back on track.
Nothing could be farther from the truth, Heller tells WebMD.
"Every meal matters, so if you ate that big old piece of birthday cake
at lunch, get right back on track with your next meal," she says. "You
don't have to have a full day of healthy eating in order for it to
6. Refusing food at a party or when visiting is rude.
"If you had diabetes, or a severe food allergy to something, you
wouldn't think twice about turning down a food you weren't sure of -- and you
should feel that same sense of priority in turning down a food that you know
will blow your diet," says Heller.
7. Skipping a meal every now and then will help you
"Skipping a meal means you will be so hungry at the next meal that you
are likely to overeat," says Somer. Not only that, skipping meals can
actually help lead to a slowdown of your metabolism, meaning you'll burn fewer
calories, says Aronowitz.