Myths associated with Dieting


Introduction and Background

Obesity has been a major problem worldwide and with regular festivals like Christmas Eve and New Year parties that adds on to the extra calories obesity doesn’t seem to go away. With sumptuous food everywhere, your taste buds are instantly tantalized, the end-result being obesity! It is important to understand Body Mass Index a modern technique of calculating standard weight according to one’s height, weight and age. This is applicable to both men and women belonging to 18- 65 age bracket. Any number below 20 implies you’re underweight, while anything above 25 indicates you’re obese. So, if increasing weight is bothering you then check your BMI today! The BMI formula = Weight (kg) / [Height (m) x Height (m)]

There are several myths associated with dieting and one of the most common is that slow metabolism leads to weight gain.  This is common myth among obese people who struggle and fight to lose weight. As per various studies done by the doctors, metabolism increases as people gain weight. This means the bigger you become the more calories are needed by the body to keep it going which automatically increases your metabolism.

Second myth is that eating late at night will induce weight gain: This is another common myth which people are confused about. Doctors say that eating day or night is irrelevant because at the end of the day it’s the calorie count that matters.

Third myth associated with dieting is that caffeine is risky and dangerous. There is no scientific proof available to justify the statement. It is falsely believed that caffeine dehydrates people but in reality it doesn’t dehydrate people who consume it regularly. On the contrary it keeps you alert and cures disease like parkinsons, gout and other serious heart ailments.

Fourth myth related to dieting is the belief that fat should be absolutely avoided. For some the fat count will work wonderful results, but for most counting fat might not help at all.

Another myth associated with dieting is that drinking plenty of water will keep your weight in check. Dieticians claim that thirst and hunger are two different body demands altogether. There is also no proof that water cuts on all the extra kilos of your weight.

Then another misbelieve is that crash dieting or fasting regularly helps lose weight. Medical experts and dieticians claim that this can yield short term results but are not beneficial in the long run. And one will regain the entire weight lost through crash diet. The loss of body weight and muscles decreases the metabolic rate which implies calorie intake of your body. While the body may need fewer calories than it did previously, but the chances of regaining the weight as soon as you stop crash diet becomes high.

Low fat diets or no fat diets are good during weight loss regime, our body needs fat for reasons like tissue repair and offering important vitamins like A, D,E and k. According to dieticians avoiding saturated fat and eating unsaturated fat instead results in healthier weight loss without looking famished.

Although the best and natural way is to visit parks, gardens, fairs and beaches for brisk walks and outdoor sports. Indeed, obesity is the prime reason for diseases like Blood Pressure, Diabetes and above all a reduced life expectancy. It is believed that people become less enthusiastic for work outs especially when the temperatures dip. Not only does staying indoors increase weight, but also lead to behavioural problems. These are binge eating disorders, mood swings, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Yet another fallacy related to dieting is that fattening food equals rapid weight gain. In reality one needs to be patient and remain calm as weight loss is a slow process and doesn’t occur overnight. For weight loss to remain intact regular exercises involving rigorous physical activity, healthy and balanced high fat foods with precise amount of nutrients are quite crucial.

One major delusion is of eating only when hungry. Dieticians often recommend of eating at short intervals to remain nourished, active, alert and fresh. On the other hand, people who eat erratically and skip meals regularly are more prone to mood swings, psychological problems, lethargy and ultimately weight gain.


The most important question people often ponder is to why lose weight at all? Well, everyone likes to have a svelte body to grab those flattery compliments and be the cynosure of all eyes. It is no denying that a healthy body and mind is a must for a healthy and enhanced life-span. However, it is important to remember that weight loss neither changes you as a person nor brings any drastic changes in your life. Therefore, remaining fit and fine should of utmost priority. Any obsession with weight loss does no good and one must follow a diet-chart only when needed and that too under the strict and expert guidance of a dietician.