7 Surprising Dieting Myths

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5. Eating after 8 p.m. makes you gain weight.
There’s absolutely no proof of that. The time of day you eat at has no effect on your weight. It all depends on your personal preference, your schedule and your bedtime. As long as you get the right amount of calories you’ll be fine. But it is recommended that you have dinner at least 3 hours before you go to bed so that your body has enough time to digest food before you fall asleep, which in turn will make you sleep better, since your body will be resting and not working hard to digest dinner.
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6. Diet foods help you lose weight.
It might’ve been like that at first, but these days the label “diet” just means it’s low-fat. But in most cases, food manufacturers add a ton of sugar or sodium to make diet foods taste good. And sugar and sodium are way worse for your body than a little bit of fat. Another problem with diet foods is that not only are they low in calories, they’re also low in nutrients. So next time you want to buy something “diet” read the label and think whether it’s worth it.
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7. Drinking a lot of water will make you lose weight.
Drinking enough water is certainly important and it can miracles for your skin and how you feel, but it won’t actually make you lose weight. You might lose a couple of pounds of water weight simply because your body will get used to being hydrated and therefore won’t cling on to water, but that’s about it. However, it’s a good idea to drink water throughout the day, because a lot of the time we mistake being thirsty for being hungry. So in that way it’ll prevent you from eating more than you should or actually want.
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