10 Diet Rules Meant to be Broken
Some food 'dos and don'ts are best ignored, experts say.
10 Food Rules to Ignore continued...
"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.
8. Bread is fattening, nuts are fattening, pasta is
"It's not what you eat that contributes to weight gain,"
says Heller. "It's how much you eat that matters most."
Whole-wheat bread, for example, is a great source of nutrients, and it won't
make you gain weight more than any other food with the same number of
9. All calories are equal.
While it's true that 1,400 calories is 1,400 calories no matter how you
slice the cheesecake, experts say certain foods have a greater ability to fill
you up before they fill you out. These tend to be fiber-rich, water-rich foods,
like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Further, Heller says, you'll get more nutrients from, say, a 100-calorie
apple than from a 100-calorie portion of white bread.
"All calories are equal if all you're doing is counting calories to lose
weight," Heller says. "But if you care about how you are losing weight,
or controlling your hunger, or the health of your body, then no, all calories
are not of equal value."