Facts and myths about losing weight
“You really shouldn’t eat carbohydrates, start your day with a glass of lemon juice and don’t eat anything after 8 p.m.” All tips to lose weight that we have all heard many times. Very friendly all those tips from the people around you, but are these tips actually correct? In this blog I would like to give you some clarity about four common tips for losing weight. My blog is based on scientific facts. Tips to lose weight, are it facts or myths?
- Drinking lemon juice in the morning stimulates fat burning
This is a mythe. There is no scientific evidence that a glass of lemon juice increases your fatburning or metabolism. However, it can wake up your intestines after a night of sleep and a glass of lemon juice can therefore contribute to your digestion. But a normal glass of water or a breakfast also gets your bowels going. If you like adding some lemon juice to your water and would otherwise take a glass of juice or soda, a glass of lemon water is definitely a good idea! But remember: you will not lose weight. Oh and one more thing: the high acidity is dangerous to your teeth, so use a straw!
- Your body can not burn the calories that you have eaten after 7 or 8 p.m
This is a mythe. Your body does not know the clock and does not distinguish between times when you eat something. Your body only checks how many calories you consume in total per day. It is definitely not good for you to eat a high-calorie dessert after 8 o’clock, but that’s not because of the 8, but because of the calories.
- Carbohydrates make you fat
This is a fable. Taking in more calories than the calories that you are burning, makes you fat. It is very important to get enough proteins, fats and carbohydrates for a healthy diet. There are different types of carbohydrates: refined carbohydrates and unrefined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates can be found in processed products such as biscuits, sweets, white bread, pasta, chips, soft drinks and other high-sugar products. These provide a quick energy boost, but no long-lasting full feeling. Unrefined carbohydrates are the unprocessed form of carbohydrates and are found in whole grain products such as whole grain bread, whole grain pasta and brown rice and in fruits, vegetables and legumes. These carbohydrates contain fibers that provide a long feeling of saturation and will therefore sometimes make a positive contribution to the weight-losing process. So you don’t get fat from carbohydrates, but many products that contain (refined!) Carbohydrates do contain a lot of calories, so you gain weight. I eat everyday carbohydrates in the form of, for example, muesli (without added sugars), fruits and vegetables and I try to eat as few processed products as possible, such as white bread, sweets and chips.
- Natural sugars from fruit are healthier than artificial sugars
This is also a mythe. Every type of sugar, whether natural or artificial, is the same substance to your body and our body processes it in the same way. So in principle it doesn’t matter what type of sugar you eat. But note: it does of course matter what else is in the product you eat. For example, a piece of fruit contains many other important and healthy nutrients in addition to the sugars, and a candy actually contains nothing useful at all.
At the end of the week, I will be sharing another blog with health facts and fables. I am very curious what you think of my blog. I would love to hear what you want to read in my next blog. Leave a comment!
Stay safe and healthy,