Myth: Seed Oils Are Always Healthy

Myth: Seed Oils Are Always Healthy

Processed and industrial seed oil like corn, cottonseed, soybean oil, and peanut oil can negatively affect our ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats,” says Malone. “This can lead to chronic inflammation, which is a contributor to resistant weight loss, and they can contain GMOs that harm the gut microbiome.” Opt for healthy oils like flax seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and hemp seed oil.

7 Myth: Low-Fat Packaged Products Are Good For You
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Truth: You actually need to eat some fat.

“Fat triggers the feeling of satiety to prevent you from overeating, stabilizes blood sugar—preventing fat-storing insulin to spike—and allows you to absorb important fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K,” says Malone. It’s also important to note that when food manufacturers take out fat, they need to compensate for a loss in flavor. They often do so by adding in copious amounts of salt, sugar, or both. Speaking of, don’t miss our exclusive report on the 35 Restaurant Foods With Crazy-High Amounts of Sugar.

8 Myth: Low-Fat or Nonfat Dairy Is Good For You
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Truth: Some experts recommend their clients stay away from low or nonfat dairy products.

“Unless your milk is organic and coming from pasture-raised/grass-fed cows, [producers] will likely be giving synthetic growth hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and genetically modified corn to those animals to drastically increase their weight gain,” says Malone. “Also, when it’s pasteurized, you lose many beneficial nutrients and enzymes that help with digestion.”

9 Myth: Caffeine Boosts Weight Loss
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Truth: There are a solid 35 Things You Don’t Know About Caffeine and one is probably how caffeine can confuse your cortisol production. (Cortisol, FYI, tells your body to hang onto fat.)

In moderation, caffeine can be a great thing. Not only can caffeine give you an energy boost, it has been shown to help with sports performance. That said, it can also have the opposite effect and end up wearing you out. “This is especially true if you are already worn down and under stress; it can perpetuate an imbalance of hormones, namely cortisol, that contribute to fat storage, especially around the middle,” says Malone.

10 Myth: A Juice Cleanse Is the Ultimate Way to Lose Weight
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Truth: The problem with juices and smoothies is that it’s easy to consume very large amounts of sugar and calories without noticing.

As if the calorie and sugar counts aren’t enough reason to ditch the juice cleanse, many juices don’t have the fiber that makes fresh produce so wonderful for you. After all, fiber helps keep you full for longer periods of time and mitigates blood-sugar spikes. “A juice can contain more than one serving of fruit, which adds up to a lot of sugar. But without any fiber, you won’t feel full or have the benefits of stabilizing your blood glucose levels and losing fat,” says Bella.

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