The diet rules you might be following could actually be myths, causing you to pack on pounds!
Registered Dietitian with UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health Dawn Napoli broke down five of those myths.
Myth 1: As Long As you're Eating Healthy Foods, Calories Don't Matter Napoli said it is so important to stick with the portion size on all foods, even healthy ones. For example, foods like avocados and nuts are good for you, but they contain a lot of fat so eating too much could cause you to gain weight.
Myth 2: You Can Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks While this might be true, you will not be losing a healthy weight. Plus, those pounds will not stay off. A healthy way to lose weight is to eat 500 calories less a day. At that rate, you will lose one to two pounds a week.
Myth 3: If You Exercise, You Can Eat As Much As You Want It takes about four miles to burn off 500 calories, so it takes a lot of work to make up for overeating.
Myth 4: It's Better to Eat Lots of Mini Meals Rather Than Eating Fewer, Larger Meals Again, Napoli said this one is somewhat true. Eating multiple meals helps your metabolism, but if you eat foods that are not healthy it is actually worse than eating three balanced meals.
Myth 5: It's Always a Good Idea to go with the Salad While salads can be a healthy choice, often the benefit of eating light, leafy greens are negated by lots of toppings and heavy dressing.