If you've ever battled with weight loss or know someone who has, you can probably agree that it can be a tricky subject to dive into. With so many assumptions that come into play when it comes to weight loss, it's often hard to decipher what's true and what's a myth. Is it really all about the calories? Does skipping meals actually help you shed those unwanted pounds?
These and several other weight loss myths have haunted us for as long as we can remember -- so today, we decided to dig a little deeper and uncover the truth behind what lies beneath some of the most common weight loss myths known to man. Listen closely.
Carbs actually provide sufficient energy for the body, including the brain and nervous system.
2) It all comes down to the calories when it comes to weight loss - FALSE
Don't get too caught up in counting calories, as dramatically reducing your calorie intake can lead to loss of muscle mass and low evergy.
3) Reducing your fat intake is very important - FALSE
While fats typically get a bad rep, the truth is, "good fats" such as avocado and salmon actually hold a very important place in your diet.
4) Late-night calories will add on the pounds quicker than day-time calories - FALSE
Calories DON'T discriminate.
5) Skipping meals is beneficial to weight loss - FALSE
The less you eat definitely doesn't equal to the more weight you will lose. In fact, skipping meals slows down your metabolism, encouraging bad eating habits.
Click through below for the best diets for every type of budget:
Best Diets for Every Budget
Debunking 5 of the most common myths about weight loss
Named U.S. News and World Report's best overall diet for four years in a row, this diet is definitely worth investigating. The DASH Diet integrates whole grain foods, fruits, vegetables, low- or non-fat dairy and fish or poultry, while limiting high-fat foods, salt and red meat. While fresh fruits and vegetable will cost you, cutting most red meat from you diet will make this diet wallet-friendly.
While the Paleo diet (eating like our ancestors did) isn't usually thought to be a low-price option, there are some simple ways you can do it on the cheap. Paleo Diet Lifestyle recommends buying products like olive oil in bulk, choosing cheap cuts and buying bone-in meats and buying whole or canned fish.
Traditional Mediterranean diets are proven to be incredible for your health! Even better, according to LearnVest, if you choose an inexpensive olive oil and stay away from the pricier varieties of products like tuna steak and chardonnay, you can expect to keep your bill within reason.
People often report feeling better, mentally and physically, after giving up gluten. This diet can be affordable if you follow one rule: eat foods that are naturally free of gluten. Products made specifically for gluten-free diets are often pricey. Opt for frozen or in-season fruits and veggies to keep produce prices low.
LearnVest calls the vegan diet "a steal" if done smartly. Be sure to cook for yourself rather than buy expensive prepared vegan cuisine. You can also find tofu for just half the price of ground beef per pound.
The Atkins diet helps dieters lose weight by cutting carbs from their diets. To make this protein-rich diet budget-friendly, try underrated cuts such as chuck and sirloin, always buy whole chickens and experiment with pork.
This government-endorsed diet centers around lowering cholesterol and begins with setting calorie goals. These calorie levels and limits on dietary cholesterol should curb overeating and help keep you within your budget. Cutting fatty meats can also help your bill.
The flexitarian diet closely resembles a vegetarian diet, but when a craving for meat strikes, they indulge. Flexitarians not only weigh 15 percent less than carnivores, but they also save money by spending less on pricey meat.
Number nine on U.S. News and World Report's best overall diets, the Ornish diet focuses on the overarching way you eat, exercise and live rather than on the specifics of your diet. Since the diet is so individualized, most of the time, it can work with any budget. Still, planning ahead and buying in bulk can keep costs down.
This trusted diet can help you shed between 6 and 10 pounds in two weeks and 1 to 2 pounds each week after until you reach your goal. The diet concept is split into two concepts, "Lose It" and "Live It." Dieters are discouraged from dining out during the "Lose It" stage and encouraged to cook at home, keeping your wallet happy.