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Common Dieting Myths

Truth or Fiction?

Skipping meals saves calories.

Skipping meals may actually be lowering your metabolic rate, making weight loss harder than ever. Your body needs periodic refueling in order to maintain a stable energy level. Your body interprets missed meals as starvation, not a sneaky weight loss technique. The result? Your metabolism will slow to a snail's pace and you'll pack extra fat. Eat regular meals every day.

All fats are bad for you.

Actually, some fats are good for you. Your body needs them in order to stay healthy. Fatty acids, which are essentail to your health, must be supplied through the foods you eat. When you don't eat enough foods with fatty acids, you'll experience low stamina and skin problems. With all body types, the development of a callous around the heel of the foot is a sypmtom of poor fat assimilation.

Vegetarian diets are ideal for everyone.

The truth is that only about half of the 25 body types can get adequate nourishment from a vegetarian diet. When balanced and healthy, their bodies can obtain sufficient protein from eating only plant and dairy foods. Your body type profile will help you choose the type and amount of protein you need.

Margarine is better for you than butter.

Butter is an excellent source of essential fatty acids. Margarine contains molecules harmful to the body's cell structure; its trans-fatty acid components (TFAs) have been directly linked to increased risk of coronary disease.

Whole wheat bread is an ideal source of complex carbohydrates.

Only two of the 25 body types can eat whole wheat bread more than twice a week without stressing their digestive systems. This stress is most commonly manifested as bloating and weight gain. Nine of the body types should eliminate whole wheat bread completely or eat it no more than once a month.

When I need an energy boost, I should eat a candy bar.

It is a common misconception that if you want a quick lift you should eat something containing refined sugar. While sugar is essential for the body and the brain to function properly, it is glucose, the body's sugar, that generates energy, muscle movement and brain activity. Glucose is the end product of carbohydrate metabolism from sugars found in grains, vegetables and fruits.

Since fruit is a natural food, it is a safe substitute for sugar.

The belief is that fruit doesn't count as sugar, which means if a cookie is sweetened with fruit or fruit juice it moves out of the dessert and into the meal category. In fact, fruit is still a sugar and it is not as easy for the body to digest as you would think. For most body types, there are one to two meals where it is actually best to avoid fruit.

Artificial sweetners are better for you than sugar.

My clinical experience suggests that artificial sweetners are toxic to the liver and in most cases, even more harmful than refined sugar.

Microwaved foods are as healthful as conventionally prepared foods.

False. Research coninues to reveal that the molecular changes in food caused by microwave radiation makes this food very stressful to the body. One research study reported that milk heated in a microwave oven forms neurotoxic compounds (substances that have a toxic affect on nerve tissues) because of molecular changes in some of the amino acids.

If I only eat raw fruits and vegetables, I will lose weight.

This is true for some body types, but not all. For many body types, a raw food diet can stress the body, causing it to produce excess hormones which are then deposited in weight gain areas.

If I add calories, I will gain weight and not be so skinny.

Sure, you'll gain weight by eating more food, but if your body is out of balance, it may not be the weight you want. In fact, those extra pounds may give your body a disproportionate appearance. If you wanted your derriere to be more rounded, you may actually end up with a round stomach and flabby hips.

There's no such thing as an ideal diet.

In fact, there are several ideal diets. An ideal diet is the one that nutritionally supports your specific dietary requirements. It is a way of eating which optimizes your health and vitality and normalizes your weight. Most people think that if they can't stay on a diet, it's because they lack willpower. The reality is your body will have food cravings when it doesn't get the nutrients it needs.
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