People think that a quick internet search on the web about any topic makes them an expert. So it’s no wonder there are many myths associated with weight loss. When folks hear the words “weight loss” they become overly enthusiastic and mindlessly give away tips. Unless those tips come from a qualified nutritional expert, you needn’t acknowledge them.

So after doing an extensive amount of research looking through a comprehensive guide to fitness workouts, here is a list of the most common myths that are associated with weight loss.

1. Carbs make you fat

Out of all the myths, this one is the common one which you’d have heard a lot. Carbohydrates do not make you fat. Only by consuming food that has carbohydrates your body will get the required energy to function your muscles and brain properly. If you’re not active, carbs that you consume will only be utilized by your brain and central nervous system, and the rest of them will be deposited in your body as fat.

So eat other alternate foods such as whole wheat bread, beans, fruits, and vegetables. If you avoid carbohydrates totally, you’ll feel dull and less energetic.

2. Eat small meals throughout the day

It is true that most of the nutritionists agree that there should be a considerable amount of gap while consuming every meal. But, that doesn’t mean that you have to force yourself to eat something. Irrespective of the number of meals, it all comes down to the type of food and its quantity. You lose weight only if you limit calorie intake and burn more calories.

Also, studies have proven that people don’t feel satisfied when they take small meals which make them overeat later. Three balanced meals and consuming a small portion of healthy snacks in-between them will help you lose weight.

3. Calorie counting is the most important thing

Fruits have fewer calories compared to chocolate chip cookies. I’m sure this sounds familiar. On your weight loss journey, keeping track of your calorific intake between 1200 and 1400 by obsessing the count each item can be mentally exhausting. A renowned dietician suggested to his clients to count calories and stick to the 1200 limit. Later he found out his clients lost weight, but after a while, the restriction made them sick and gain what they lost right back.

If you consume food that is high in calories, you will gain weight. But, when you’re following a healthy diet, don’t fixate about calorie counting.

4. Don’t eat after certain time

These days people have an insane schedule, so they eat when they find time. Say for example, like many of them you stick to eating dinner before 8 p.m. You had some work and couldn’t eat at your usual time. So you decide to skip dinner. What happens is your stomach will be empty for nearly 9 hours. Whatever you eat first thing in the morning, will be stored as fat, even if it’s healthy.

So if it’s past the time you usually eat, avoiding food is not right. Instead consume smaller portions so that you won’t crave for unhealthy food.

5. Following specific diets can banish cellulite

There is no such thing called cellulite. Experts say that it is a term used by marketers to sell products to people who have this problem. Cellulite is nothing but normal fat underneath the skin. The fat appears to be in such a way on the skin because it pushes against the connective tissues, which causes the skin to wrinkle.

No unique treatment or creams can remove cellulite. Even people who are thin may have cellulite. Exercise and healthy food will help you lose throughout the body which also makes cellulite disappear.

6. You must consume food that is labeled “low in fat”

When you strip out the fat in regular food, it doesn’t taste good. So companies that sell low fat products add other ingredients like artificial sweeteners to make food taste better. These added ingredients are no better than sugar, and some they contain chemicals that are harmful to health.

So when you’re craving for tasty food, it is better to eat the full fat kind moderately rather than opting for “low fat”. Food that is labeled low fat will do you more harm than good and are considered to be the worst choice.

Keep in mind that you can have any food you like but, in moderation. Eating food more that which your body needs will make you fat. There are lots of speculative information about nutrition. Research supports some, and others are facts that people say because they’ve heard it from someone else. Bottom-line, if you’re unsure of adding a particular food item to your diet, research and get help from a qualified nutrition counselor.