Can you guess which of these weight loss myths are true? – Prima

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From what you eat to how you eat it, we sort diet fact from fiction…
Every week it seems like we’re being told about a new diet plan or tip to help us with our weight loss plan, but which of these fat burning myths are REALLY true?
From easy changes that sound too simple to work to random foods that claim to boost your metabolism, we’ve sorted fact from fiction…
True or false? TRUE
If eating fatty foods sounds like a sure-fire way to gain weight, we wouldn’t blame you. But new research suggests that, despite what you may assume, high-fat foods aren’t the enemy when it comes to weight loss.
But don’t start tucking into the Celebrations just yet because there is a catch – it has to be the RIGHT kind of fat. ‘Healthy’ monounsaturated fats, found in the likes of oily fish, avocado and nuts, will keep you fuller for longer.
According to a report by the National Obesity Forum and the Public Health Collaboration, foods dubbed ‘low-fat’ are actually more likely to cause weight gain, as they tend to be filled with fattening sugars. So there you have it, if you want to get thin, maybe try eating fat…
True of false? FALSE
If you’re one of the many, many people who embark on a drastic exercise regime when you’re desperate to shed excess pounds, then we’re sorry to say this ‘all or nothing’ approach probably won’t do you that much good in the long-run.
As the NHS notes, ‘successful weight loss involves making small changes that you can stick to for a long time.’ Regular exercise undoubtedly plays a big part in our health, but you’re much better off adopting a realistic fitness plan, rather than burning out after an intense few weeks of extreme effort at the gym.
True or false? TRUE
It sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it? All you have to do is drink a bit of water before you eat and, hey presto, the pounds will melt away…
Well, according to a study published in the journal Obesity, plain H2O really can work wonders. Researchers discovered that people drinking two glasses of water before their meals lost 2 kilos more in 12 weeks than those who dove straight into their food. So there you have it, a simple (and free!) change that really could work wonders.
True or false? FALSE
While it’s a fact that you will lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume, not all calories are created equal. For instance, 500 calories’ worth of cookies won’t have the same impact on your body as 500 calories’ worth of carrots.
Increasingly, scientists say that you should stop concentrating on the number of calories you’re eating and focus on nutrition instead if you wish to stay slim and healthy. The concept of quality calories has recently been launched by the British Nutrition Foundation to try to get us to be more mindful about what we eat not just how much.
In a paper published in the Open Heart Journal, researchers pointed out that a 150 calorie can of fizzy cola will have a more detrimental effect on your overall health than four tablespoons of olive oil, which totals a whopping 500 calories.
True or false? TRUE
We don’t know about you, but we’ve always felt like chocolate was our ultimate diet downfall… But research from the University of Copenhagen has suggested the opposite could be true. Yay!
Researchers there have shown that eating dark chocolate can actually curb cravings for fattening foods, ultimately meaning you’ll consume fewer calories.
The crucial point here is that it has to be DARK chocolate, so the Terry’s Chocolate Orange McFlurry probably won’t count…
True or false? FALSE
Many old-school diet plans, such as Atkins, advocate cutting out all carbohydrates in order to lose weight and, while it’s true that many high-carb foods are fattening (think white bread), not all ‘carby’ foods are bad for you.
Fruit and vegetables contain carbs, for instance, and the NHS officially recommends that this type of ‘healthy’ carbohydrate should actually form your body’s main source of energy, as part of a balanced diet.
And, even some of the ‘naughty’ carbs you think are making you gain weight might not be as bad as you think: a 2016 study showed that consuming pasta was actually linked to a lower BMI and waist-to-hip ratio. As with anything, the secret is portion control, so don’t start eating a massive bowl of creamy pasta every night, though!
True or false? TRUE
If you’re one of those people with a seemingly insatiable sweet tooth, then a simple sniffing trick could help you ditch those sugary snacks for good…
According to a study at St George’s Hospital in London, simply smelling the scent of vanilla reduced participants’ sweet cravings.
So next time, you feel like a snacking binge is imminent, why not try lighting a scented candle or just taking a quick sniff of the vanilla essence in your store cupboard? Just don’t go one step further and decide to bake something with it…
True or false? FALSE
While you definitely shouldn’t spend the whole day grazing on crips and chocolate, snacking isn’t necessarily the enemy. It’s the TYPE of snack you’re having that is key.
We often hear that sticking to three solid meals a day is best, but research has shown that eating small amounts of healthy food throughout the day can boost your metabolic rate.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, participants who had 17 small snacks a day had lower levels of cholesterol and insulin than when they were eating the same amount less regularly throughout the day. Moral of the story? Snacking can be good, as long as you do it properly.
True or false? TRUE
It might be time to invest in some new china, because numerous studies have shown that the colour blue acts as an appetite suppressant. Apparently this is because few foods are naturally bright blue in colour, meaning our brains don’t associate the hue with hunger.
We’re a bit dubious, but if the simple act of eating off a blue plate can help us shed some unwanted pounds, then you can bet we’ll be heading to the homeware department this weekend…
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True of False? FALSE
Hardly a day goes by that we’re not told about some new ‘super’ food that will instantly boost our metabolism and lead to weight loss.
But, as the NHS has stated, there is ‘little scientific evidence’ that these wonder ingredients can actually increase your body’s metabolic rate.
Better to stick to a healthy, balanced diet then hope a ‘miracle’ food will do the hard work for you..


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