“Nuts are fattening so I shouldn’t eat them.”
While nuts do have quite a bit of fat, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the type of fats that nuts provide may actually be good for us. A recent study found that the Mediterranean diet with nuts helped to lower heart disease risk compared to a reduced fat diet.
“Going gluten-free will help me lose weight.”
If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, going gluten-free is a must. If you do not, however, eliminating gluten from your diet is not guaranteed, or even likely, to cause weight loss. Some products that have been reengineered to be gluten-free are actually higher in sugar, fat and calories than the original version.
“Lunches brought from home are healthier.”
Giving up on eating out is often mentioned as a must have for losing weight. The increase in healthful menu items in restaurants, schools and corporate cafes means that this is no longer the case. In fact, some studies suggest that meals eaten out, at school for example, are typically more balanced than those packed at home.