Don’t waste your time with these terrible diet tips

Don’t waste your time with these terrible diet tips

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It’s the new year and everyone is on a diet – I mean, wellness trip. Whether you want to lose weight or not is none of my business, but please, please, let all the following stupid weight loss “hacks” die. Many of them border disordered eating behaviorwhile others are just ways to make yourself miserable for no reason.

(By the way, if you feel like your relationship with food is out of control, the National Eating Disorders Association has a screening tool, a helpline, and more resources here.)

Smaller plates don’t make us eat less

It’s a classic: serving yourself on a smaller plate is supposed to make a small amount of food seem larger. Therefore, you will eat less food overall and end up losing weight.

But our brains and bodies are too smart to be fooled by this. The idea that smaller plates encourage smaller portions comes from a lab that later turns out to be true engaging in sketchy research practices. Other labs have conducted their own plate size experiments and found that people usually do not eat less when you get smaller plates. What’s more, we we get better at judging portion sizes when we’re hungry. After all, this small plate hack didn’t fool us.

Drinking a glass of water will not satisfy your hunger

There’s a general healthy eating tip that says if you’re hungry, drink a big glass of water because sometimes our bodies can’t tell the difference between hunger and thirst signals.

But there is no evidence that this is true or that drinking a glass of water will help. One of the most frequently cited articles on hunger, thirst, eating and drinking found that we actually get little hungrier after drinking – so even if it is true that our bodies are mixing up the signals, the proposed solution is unlikely to help.

After all, there’s nothing wrong with drinking a glass of water if you think you might enjoy it, whether you’re hungry or not. But don’t be fooled into thinking that hunger pangs are your body telling you that you’re thirsty. Your body knows the difference between food and water, right? That’s why you haven’t starved or dehydrated to death yet.

It’s not necessarily a good idea to eat like a bodybuilder

There is a stereotype of bodybuilders eating nothing but chicken breast, brown rice and broccoli out of little plastic containers. They eat disciplined and end up shredded, so it must be a healthy food choice, right?

While it can be a great dish if you’re into it, this combination isn’t the best or only way to prepare a meal — especially if you’re not a fan of the individual components. Chicken breast and rice are known for being uncompromising when it comes to cooking. They tend to dry out, especially if you cook them without marinades or sauces.

So give up your idea of ​​healthy food it seems like and make a plan that includes foods you really like. Upgrade to chicken thighslearn to use a good one the marinadethrow away that dry rice in a waffle maker, or just make a completely different recipe. It’s good that the food is delicious.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of bodybuilder habits: no, eating very small meals it doesn’t “boost” your metabolism.

This is a diet, not a lifestyle change

That last one isn’t so much a hack as an oft-repeated platitude: “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change.” If you’re trying to lose weight, please go for it no make this a lifelong process. Dieting is an act of intentional malnutrition. If you want or need to do it for a short time, then own that choice and do it in the healthiest way you are capable of. But once you’ve lost some weight, get back to feeding your body completely.

After all, it wouldn’t be healthy or smart to lose weight forever. Since the way we lose weight is by taking in fewer calories than we burn, the exact foods and habits that help us lose weight are no will be the ones that help us maintain our ideal weight once we get there. At the very least, you’ll need to increase your portions.

So if you think your current diet or habits need to change, be sure to highlight what needs to change generally (example: cook more often at home) and what needs to change temporary (example: smaller portions). Healthy eating and malnutrition are it’s not the same at all.

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