You might be used to hearing about certain foods being healthier and better sources for fat loss, but which of them are fact and which of them are fiction? Below there are some statements that have been made about fat loss, read on to find out which ones you should trust.
Certain foods increase metabolism and help you lose weight
There are a range of foods that can affect one’s metabolism to some extent but this needs to be placed in perspective. These products are proposed as weight loss aids: green tea, black tea, chili, ginger, coffee, caffeine, calcium, conjugated linoleic acid, medium chain triglycerides, fish oil, flax oil, extra protein, various herbs and spices and no doubt many others. Consuming these foods is almost certainly not harmful, and may even help with a small amount of weight loss but one should concentrate on the larger picture of calorie restriction and exercise.
People who eat breakfast are slimmer
This is appearing to be true. The US National Weight Control Registry reported that successful long-term weight losers and maintainers shared a number of characteristics including a low-fat diet, regular cereal breakfast consumption and regular exercise. This has been supported by other studies in which eating breakfast, especially a cereal breakfast, is associated with a lower body mass index.
Carbohydrates are fattening
This has become an absolute truth for some weight loss and exercise pundits. The answer is that if you eat in excess of your energy requirements, including physical activity, the excess will get stored as fat. Excess protein can be broken down to carbohydrate which in turn can get converted to fat. That’s essentially how the excess end up stored as fat. Carbohydrates only make a contribution to fat storage if you consume an excess of calories over requirements. Even if some carbohydrate is stored as fat intermittently, that fat is still available for burning as fat fuel and will not contribute to weight gain if your energy intake and expenditure is balanced.