Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. It's Friday, but Sunday is coming...
I pray this Easter weekend finds you all well ! We certainly have a LOT to be thankful for don't we ?
Seems like there are a gazillion diet rumors out there...
One of my favorite sites out there on the net is a place called Hungry Girl
I did some digging and found this interesting article posted on her site :
about debunking diet myths. Enjoy !
Rumor: Carbs make you fat.
The Real Deal: Oh, stop the carb-bashing already, people! Eating carbs doesn't make you gain weight, eating excessive calories does. However, carbs can often be high in calories due to lots of sugars and fats. Processed carb-heavy foods like regular pasta, junk food, and white bread tend to have the highest calories. Keep those to a limit. Fruits and veggies have carbs (natural sugars) yet are low in calories. High-fiber foods with complex carbs, like whole grains, potatoes and beans, are a good source of energy your body needs. Just pay attention to the calories in the carb-y food you chew on, and you should be fine!
Rumor: Guzzling gallons of water = instant weight loss.
The Real Deal: Uhhh...not quite. If your water intake is replacing high-calorie drinks like juice and soda, then you'll likely see results. But that's because you'd be cutting back on your calorie intake. Water alone won't flush fat from your system or wash away excess weight. It can, however, eliminate hunger pangs and make you feel fuller. And eating less does equal weight loss. Also, keeping your body hydrated keeps your energy up. So take that energy and use it to fuel a workout! But too much water (as in gallons and gallons) will just you leave you bloated and comfortable.
Rumor: Going vegetarian is the secret to losing weight.
The Real Deal: Oh, please! A vegetarian diet has pros and cons when it comes to weight loss. Some vegetarian products (like imitation bacon and burger patties) are lower in fat and calories than their meaty counterparts. Making these swaps can be good for weight loss. However, eliminating meat from your diet alone won't cause your weight to drop. High-calorie fattening foods like pizza, pasta dishes, cakes and candy aren't off-limits on a vegetarian diet. And often, limiting your options can make it harder to find diet-friendly choices when eating out. Whether you go veggie or not, it's important to eat plenty of filling protein and avoid eating too many high-calorie, fat-heavy foods.
Rumor: Cut out dairy -- it's all fattening and high in calories.
The Real Deal: Nope! While full-fat dairy can be a bad idea for scale-watchers (limit your intake of this stuff), low-calorie, low-fat and even fat-free options can be a dieter's best friend! Look for light versions of cottage cheese, yogurt (frozen and regular!), cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, milk and more. Curious about which light cheeses are chew-worthy? Check out our cheese reviews coming up tomorrow!
Rumor #1: By not eating after a certain time of night (for example, 8:00), you'll lose weight.
The Truth: By not eating after a certain time, there is a chance you might lose some weight. But it's not the time cut-off that will rid you of the pounds. Calories count. And whether you eat them at 9 a.m. or 9 p.m., a calorie is still a calorie. However, if you give yourself fewer chewing hours, you'll likely take in fewer calories and have more active hours to burn them off. This is especially helpful for late-night snack addicts. A lot of people eat GREAT during the day, then pig out on chips, ice cream, brownies, etc. at 9 or 10PM. Eeeks! If this sounds familiar, a cut-off time for eating might be helpful to you.
Rumor #2: As long as something is fat free or low in carbs, you can eat as much of it as you want.
The Truth: No, no, NO! We know tons of people (literally, TONS) who have gained weight by chowing down on everything with a low fat or low carb label -- because they simply ate too much. When it comes to weight loss, calories count. (Do we sound like a broken record yet?) Many low fat and low carb products are chock-full of calories. You MUST watch your portions and read labels carefully. Seeing the words "Fat Free" or "Low Carb" is no excuse to devour an entire bag of pretzels or chew a whole pan of bacon.
Easy on The Chips, Snacky!
Burn, Berry, Burn!
Rumor #3: Negative calorie foods make you lose weight.
The Truth: Negative calorie foods are foods that supposedly contain fewer calories than the amount your body would burn to digest them. Apples, celery, carrots, asparagus, cantaloupe, broccoli and blueberries are just a few of these so-called negative calorie foods. So, is the rumor true? Should you be filling your shopping cart with apples and asparagus? Well, there is no conclusive proof that negative calorie foods make you lose weight. Still, you can be certain that these "negative calorie" foods won't hurt your diet. All of them are nutritious, low fat and low cal. So why not add some of these health-protecting foods into your meal plan? If it turns out that these negative calorie foods do aid in weight loss, that would just be icing on the cake (which, unfortunately, is NOT a negative calorie food).
Rumor #4: Margarine is better for you than real butter.
The Truth: This myth is absolutely false. Most margarine has just as much fat and just as many calories as regular butter. And margarine also packs in oodles of heart-clogging trans fats. While butter, with all its saturated fat, is far from good for you, margarine, with all it's trans fats, is even worse. HG Tip: Try Land O' Lakes Light Whipped Butter. It has just 35 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per tablespoon, and it's delicious!
- New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
- This blog is dedicated to the low-carb menu challenge presented by Jimmy Moore. I'm living the Louisiana low carb lifestyle, where low-carb is the new way to go ! I live southwest of New Orleans, Louisiana....have three awesome kids. We are deep down in the heart of sweet Cajun Country, where we kick back and relax, go hunting, fishing, or make groceries! My doctor told me that my blood pressure numbers were getting too high, so I had to loose weight. She challenged me with ten pounds in three months. That was October 7, 2008. I lost 26 pounds !!! In February of 2011, I found that I had gained a few pounds more than I would have liked, weighing in at 170 pounds. I had to get back into the swing of living the low carb life again !! I am loving the 'low-carb' style and wish to contiue it . I exercise three times a week at the gym, and off the 'off' days, I learn to RELAX !! November 2011, finds me in different circumstances -- a new lifestyle, great community of friends and a challenge to keep that 45 pounds that I lost OFF. Feel free to read my blog, browse around, or just sit a spell!!