Common Diet Myths You Should Know About
If you’ve been following generic fitness and diet advice but frustrated at not making at any progress you might have been misguided by some common diet myths.
Although information is more readily available than ever due to technology and the internet, it has also created a lot of ‘noise’ and confusion on what advice to actually follow. Add to the fact that new developments in science are constantly being made which makes previous information obsolete. Unfortunately this new information doesn’t always make its way to the masses as quickly and so older information is still repeated.
Here are some common diet myths that you should know about:
Myth 1: You Don’t Have to Track Calories if You Are Eating Healthy Foods
This is not entirely true. Brown rice has the same amount of calories as white rice, and the same goes with whole-wheat pasta vs regular pasta. They might be healthier alternatives but if you overeat them the excess calories that aren’t used up are still stored as body fat.
Myth 2: You Shouldn’t Eat any Food After 8 PM
This myth came about because people thought that calories eaten at night aren’t burned and turned into body fat whereas food eaten during the day will be used up. The truth is the body digest and burns calories the same way regardless the time of day. The only reason you might want to avoid late night eating is because if you are tired you are more likely to make bad food choices and eat junk food.
Myth 3: You Can Eat As Much As You Want As Long As You Exercise
The amount of calories in a sweet dessert could take upto one hour of exercise to burn off. So if you are eating as much of this as you want, you will not be able to keep fat storage away unless you are training like an olympic level athlete. Portion control is still important.
Myth 4: You Can Boost Your Metabolism By Eating Small Frequent Meals Instead of Less Frequent Larger Meals
The increase in metabolism from food intake is too small to make any difference to weight loss. As a result small frequent meals, might lead you to eating more food overall. The actual factor that increases your metabolism is your body composition, namely your muscle mass.
Myth 5: To Lose Weight You Must Cut Your Calorie Intake Drastically
This is only true if you want an unhealthy weight loss. Drastically cutting your calorie intake will lead to both muscle loss and fat loss. Studies have shown that people who ate a severely low amount of calories (less than 1200 calories per day) gained all of their weight back afterwards.
Instead of this, a moderate calorie surplus in conjunction with exercise would be a healthier approach.