HAPPY National Eggs Benedict Day I have been hearing some obsurd comments about dieting and health in general, so here are a few MYTHS I’d like to BUST open for you all. If you have more to add, please feel free in the comments section!
1. Cutting fat completely is a must.
- Fat is a necessity in every diet. Your body needs fat for energy, muscle repair, and to transport Vitamins A, D, E, & K.
- The fats to avoid are saturated fats found in many sweets and heavy cheeses.
- The fats to stick with are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds, avocados, and fish.
2. Any food consumed after 8PM turns directly to fat.
- Calories are calories no matter what time of the day they are consumed.
- The only truth about eating later at night is the fact that your body has less time to burn off and use the calories you’re putting into it.
3. If you quit smoking, your metabolism will slow & you’ll gain weight.
- While nicotine does increase the body’s metabolism slightly, it has a minor effect on weight gain/loss.
- The reason people typically gain weight when they quit smoking is because they being to reach for a chocolate bar or snacky food in place of the cigarette they’re craving.
4. If you exercise for 30 minutes a day, you can eat whatever you want.
- Just because you live an active lifestyle doesn’t give you the right to fuel your body with junk. Fast food meals on the way home from the gym are NOT doing anyone good.
- If you’re eating back more calories than you burned, you’re going to gain weight.
5. Carbs are bad. Avoid them at all costs.
- It’s all about balance, people. Sure, if you eat 5 bowls of pasta for dinner, you’ll put on a few pounds, but carbs should NOT be feared.
- The secret is to eat carbs that are high in fiber, which will keep you full and flatten your tummy.
- Carbs give you great fuel for workouts that your body needs and craves.
- The danger lies in cheesy, fat laden pastas that come in enormous portion sizes.
6. Skipping breakfast is a good way to cut calories for the day.
- Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Your brain and body function is sacrificed and you’re more likely to grab a sugary “pick-me-up” in place.
- Eating breakfast jump starts your metabolism, too, so MAKE TIME.
- Aim for a serving of whole grains and protein along with maybe some fruit. A good example would be whole wheat toast, an egg white omelet, and some cantaloupe. A quick on-the-go breakfast might consist of a protein/whole foods bar with an orange.
7. Eating “fat free” foods means you can eat as much as you want.
- Again, calories are calories. It’s great to cut down on fat while watching your weight as well, but amount of calories is what determines weight gain/loss.
- Just because something is fat free doesn’t mean its low in calories.
8. Eating between meals will make you gain weight.
- Eating MEALS between MEALS is obviously a bad idea, but snacking on nutritious munchies is proven to help speed metabolism.
- Another great thing about snacking on healthy foods, such as cucumber slices, celery, apples, oranges, etc., is that you won’t ever sit down for a meal feeling famished, which can lead to over eating.
9. Certain foods like grapefruit, celery, cabbage, etc. will magically make you drop pounds.
- NEWSFLASH: There is no such food.
- While those options are nutritious foods, containing lots of fiber and vitamins, they will not zap fat.
- Incorporating these foods into your diet is a good idea because of their nutritional value, but myths such as “negative calorie” are just that.
10. If you’re trying to slim down, weight lifting is a no-no. It will make you bulky.
- Burning fat means building muscle. Strength training is important because muscle burns more calories at rest than fat.
- There are different methods of weight lifting as well. You can find exercises meant to tone instead of build by doing more reps with less weight.