Myth 1: There are diet pills and special diets to increase your metabolism
Fact: There is no “magic” food or pill that will increase your metabolism. Always follow this rule of thumb – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. To achieve a healthy weight, you should practice moderation through portion control. Do not focus your whole diet on one food item that claims to increase metabolism. Instead, eat a balanced diet with portion control. Instead, increase your lean muscle mass to increase your metabolism through exercise. (muscle burns more calories per hour than fat!)
Myth 2: Eating later in the evening slows your metabolism
Fact: Regarding weight gain, it doesn’t matter when you eat, it matters how much you eat. There is little to no evidence that eating late in the evening causes a change in your metabolism. Eating while watching TV late at night may cause mindless snacking and thus an increase in your caloric intake.
Myth 3: Skipping meals or eating a very low calorie diet can jumpstart weight loss
Fact: While the key to weight loss is to burn more calories than one consumes, there is a fine line between what is ideal and what is too much deficit. Your body is programmed for survival and if you create too much of a deficit your metabolism will slow way down and anything you take in will be conserved – your body will use fewer calories to do the same tasks as before. Instead, increase your daily exercise and consume at least 3-4 smaller meals per day.