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4 Myths About Dieting

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4 Myths About Dieting During MenopauseDieting during menopause can be harder than ever. The cards seemed stacked against you because the lack of estrogen may be contributing to a slower metabolism and those extra fat cells being stored around your middle. It can be frustrating, so you're probably ready to take any help you can get to score the upper hand.

Unfortunately, with so much controversial information out there, you may not be sure what to believe or not believe. Being able to debunk some of the myths about weight and menopause could give you that edge on how to effectively diet at this time of your life.

Myth: You can’t snack.

Fact: You can, but make them healthy.

Rather than hurt, snacking wisely between meals may help you control your appetite better. Instead of limiting yourself to three square meals a day, divide your daily calories into three smaller meals. Then plan for a few snacks throughout the day. Keep in mind, there are calories in your beverages, too, so plan your drinks accordingly.

Myth: You can’t eat in the evening.

Fact: You can, but you need to chose wisely.

Too often, snacks at bedtime consist of empty calories, lots of carbs, and very little nutrition. It’s also way too easy to overeat if you’re snacking before bedtime. Instead of getting out a spoon and bowl for a serving of ice cream, you might find yourself eating straight from the carton. Rather than a few chips, you may eat straight from the bag until there are only crumbs left. If you’re going to snack before bed, choose healthy options and limit your portion size. Grab an apple, carrot sticks, or low-fat Greek yogurt. And don't forget, calories from our bedtime snacks need to be added to your daily calorie intake.

Myth: As long as it’s “fat-free,” it’s fine.

Fact: Fat-free does not make something healthy.

Fat-free labels can be misleading. It’s easy to assume that foods with these labels are healthy because there’s no fat, but that’s not the case. When the fat is removed, it’s replaced with something else. That something else may be no better for you than the removed fat. Instead of going fat-free, learn to read labels and choose foods that are naturally low in fat or which have healthier fats.

Myth: All calories are equal.

Fact: Calories are only equal on paper.

Your body is a complex machine that processes various calories differently. For example, it’s going to process green beans differently than chocolate, even if they have the same calories. Some types of calories are also burned up or excreted during digestion, whereas others completely survive the digestion process. Because all calories are not equal, even if you stay within your caloric limit you may have weight issues if your calories are all from junk food and soda. When counting your calories, make sure they are worthwhile ones from better food choices.

To have a healthy diet during menopause it’s important to make better, healthier choices and only eat the amount of calories your body needs. Too many calories – whether in quantity or quality – can take up residence around your middle. So learn to look at the bigger picture and not just the calories so you can make the best food choices for you.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

12-02-2017 - 09:53 AM


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