Chances are, if you’ve been on a diet, you’ve heard all the “do’s” and the “don’t’s” when it comes to losing weight. But, did you know that some of those things that people swear by are actually bad for you?
Check out these 10 popular diet tips that you shouldn’t actually follow.
1. Use Coconut Oil
Substituting vegetable and olive oil with coconut oil seems like a smart idea, but consuming too much coconut oil is actually really bad for you. The American Heart Association previously released an advisory notice letting weight-conscious eaters know that coconut oil is a saturated fat which can increase your bad cholesterol levels.
2. Avoid Snacking During The Day
If you get hungry during the day, you’re probably used to grabbing a snack to satisfy your cravings. While dieting, you might have heard that snacking between meals is bad. The truth of the matter is that your body needs energy to get you through the day — so you should be snacking. But you should be choosing healthy items like nuts, fruit, or yogurt.
3. Count Your Calories
Counting calories is a popular way for people to diet, but have you actually ever thought about it? Eating 100 calories of something healthy — like yogurt or fruit — is going to have a different effect on your body than eating 100 calories of pizza or dessert. It’s not about “treating yourself” because you can. Choosing the right foods to consume is far more important than staying glued to a 1,800 calorie diet.
4. Stop Eating Carbs
Most dieters will be thrilled to hear this one.
“Yes, it is true that excessive intakes of refined carbohydrates, like white bread or white rice, may lead to weight gain or increased cardiovascular risk. But there is no research suggesting that healthy carbohydrates, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, or legumes, can negatively impact health or weight,” Chrissy Carroll, MPH, RD, founder of Inspired Wellness Solutions, LLC, explained to Prevention.
This next “tip” won’t make you as happy as this one did.