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Reasor's Weekly Ad - Diet Myths
June 25, 2013
Each week in the Reasor's ad specials flyer our Dietitians share some important information about diet myths.

Diet Myth #1
June 26, 2013

Over the next several weeks we will be covering some dieting myths that people believe help them lose weight, but in reality, may cause you to gain weight! Diet Myth #1: Diet soda will help you lose weight. Research indicates that artificial sweeteners trick your body into craving more sugar. This causes your body to release insulin and increase fat storage, and you may end up with more cravings than before you drank the soda. So, next time you go to pick up your diet soda, try replacing it with water with a splash of lemon or unsweetened tea. Stay tuned for more diet myths throughout the month! Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD

Diet Myth #2
July 3, 2013

As promised, we are continuing with common diet myths. This week, Diet Myth #2 is the idea that extremely low calorie diets lead to long term weight loss. One pound of fat equals 3500 calories. In order to lose one pound per week, you must decrease caloric intake by 500 calories each day (7 days x -500 cals = -3500 cals). However, when diets get too restrictive they send the body into "starvation mode" causing increased fat storage. The result of this is tapping into your muscle (protein) stores to provide energy, causing decreased metabolism and lean muscle mass. Think twice before extreme dieting; instead come see us today! Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD

Diet Myth #3
July 10, 2013

This week as we continue with popular dieting myths, let's talk about carbohydrates. Diet Myth #3: Pasta and carbohydrates will make you fat. In all reality, pasta itself is not the issue, but rather the portion size. If a person consumes too much of anything and does not burn it off through physical activity, the body naturally stores it as fat. Whether you eat bread, pasta, or rice, the volume and extra calories consumed make more of a difference than just the carbohydrates themselves. Think about all of the sauces added on top of pasta like high-calorie cheeses and creams - calories just keep coming! Keep in mind next time you are faced with a 3 pound bowl of pasta that dietitians recommend 2 to 3 ounces of uncooked pasta per person at one meal. Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD

Diet Myth #4
July 17, 2013

If you've been following our weekly segments, you know we are on Diet Myth #4 now, which is: eating after 8 pm will make you gain weight. There is a little bit of truth to this. Some studies have indicated that you are more likely to overeat and misjudge calories consumed when you eat later in the day. Also, when people eat late, they typically are sedentary (inactive) after they eat, causing a higher storage of fat. Fatigue may also be the culprit for overeating at later hours in the day, as people often make poor choices (i.e., grabbing 2 cups of ice cream) when they are tired, causing increased caloric intake and weight gain. Next time you find yourself hungry for a snack at 8 pm, try a healthier option such as carrots and hummus, fruit, or a low-carb protein shake. Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD

Diet Myth #5
July 24, 2013

This is our last week of Diet Myths! One of the most common mistakes when people are watching calories is that reduced fat foods are always healthier alternatives to whole fat foods. In some cases, this may be true, like with whole milk vs. skim milk - skim milk does truly have less calories and fat. However, with packaged foods, fat is one of the ingredients that gives food a savory taste and keeps people coming back for more... So when fat is removed, the food companies have to replace it with something. Typically fat is replaced with sugar, thickeners, and chemicals to enhance flavor and texture of the food. Food label marketing will play tricks on you, so make sure to always check the actual food label! Rather than always substituting regular fat foods with low fat, try smaller portions of whole fat foods (in some cases) in moderation. And, if you ever need additional guidance, come see us! Your Dietitians, Michelle, MS, RD/LD and Shannon, MS, RD/LD