Tried every diet plan from counting calories, shunning carbs to drinking bizarre weight-loss shakes but nothing works?
Mark Hyman, M.D., author of the breakout diet book Ultrametabolism
, shares his expert insight on the common diet myths that could be thwarting your efforts to lose weight.
Diet Myth #1:
Eat Less + Exercise More = Weight Loss
Restricting calories turns on ancient mechanisms that prevent starvation. "These slow your metabolism to conserve energy and trigger a cascade of molecules in the blood so you receive hunger signals that are too strong to ignore – all leading to weight gain," says Hyman.
Diet Myth #2:
You can control weight by counting calories
All calories are not
created equal. Food that enters your blood stream quickly promotes weight gain; food that enters slowly promotes weight loss. For example, sugar from soda enters your blood very rapidly; the calories you aren't using is stored as fat. The same amount of sugar from kidney beans enters your blood slowly. "Because your body has a greater chance to make use of the calories over time, more is burned and less stored," explains Hyman.