Dieting Myths

Written by Arti Manani
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People say different things about dieting and putting on weight, most of which are not true. Here are two truths about the biggest dieting myths:

You put on more weight if you eat at night.

This is one myth I believed in, and to an extent, I still believe it’s true despite many dieticians stating that it is just a myth.

According to a number of specialists, eating at night does not make you put on weight. The reality is, is that whenever you eat, whether it is day or night, calories will always count.

There are no tests or studies that have proven that people put on weight if they eat at night, but the reason why I believe it still can be true is because a majority of those who have a lower BMI are linked with eating breakfast everyday compared to those with a higher BMI being linked with eating at night.

So, if you do want to eat at night, try opting for mixed fruits or a small salad rather than fatty foods just to be on the safe side.

Drinking water makes you lose weight.

I’ve heard this many times and have held onto this myth since day one of my many types of diets. The truth is, drinking water does not shed pounds off your weight.

Thirst and hunger are two different things. So if you’re hungry, you’re hungry. So by replacing food for water is not going to satisfy your hunger, unless you have foods that contain water, such as soups. But, drinking water does help digest food faster and is great for your skin.


Gaining weight is a very slow process. In order to put on weight, a person will need to eat an additional 3500 calories to their daily intake in order to gain one pound of fat.

If you weigh yourself before and after a meal, and notice the scales showing you have put on weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have put on fat. This extra weight is just fluids, which resolves itself.

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