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5 Diet Myths You Can Now Well & Truly Ignore

14th September 2018
Luke Adams

There are actually diet rules out there that are meant to be broken?!! Yes, as research improves and research continues, many dated diet guidelines have been debunked, thrown out the window and classified as mere myths.

You’ve probably heard all these rules before, and I am guilty of believing some of them myself, but experts weigh-in on the worthiness of these supposed truisms – which won’t help you lose weight or make dieting any easier.

5 diet rules you can throw away:

Eating at night will pile on the pounds

I used to be a big advocate of this one. I believed that if I ate late, in particular carbs after 6pm, I would pile on the pounds. But calorie management is what you actually need, so it doesn’t matter when you eat them. I tested this out myself; as I eat 4 to 5 times a day my last meal is often late in the evening. I have to say this has made no difference to my weight at all. And yes, I have carbs. What I eat does, how often I eat also impacts my weight, but the time of the day I eat made no difference. Eating 2000 calories late in the evening is going to impact you, but so is 2000 calories in the morning. If you eat too much, you eat too much.. it doesn’t matter when.

Skipping a meal every now and then will help you lose weight

It actually can be the opposite. I soon learnt that skipping a meal was detrimental to my weight goals. When I missed meals, which I often did when I worked in the city, I tended to be so hungry at the next meal time that I would load up and over eat. That left me bloated, lethargic and I wouldn’t want to eat for hours, skipping my next meal. My body then stored as much of the food as reserve fat and I actually put on weight.

It’s best to eat at the same times every day

I think in today’s environment, in the real world, it’s almost impossible to eat at the same time every day. Our lives simply don’t allow it. What I found tough is that if I eat regularly, rather than at the same time each day, I’m not craving for food or going into starvation mode. I eat when I’m hungry, not when the clock says it’s time to eat. As I eat so often, I’m actually hungry every 3½ hours or so, therefore the times are fairly consistent anyway. But remember, often when you think your hungry, your body is actually thirsty. Furthermore, your body cant tell you what your hungry for, so ensure you get a balance of nutrients. Foods likely to fight off hunger the longest are Protein foods, followed by carbohydrates, then fats.

All calories are equal. This is somewhat true, however…

you’ll get more nutrients from a 100-calorie apple than from a 100-calorie portion of white bread. So you shouldn’t just look at calories. Carbs, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals and Fats should all be considered you’re your diet. It goes without say, choose healthier items if you are losing weight, building muscle or controlling your hunger.

Eating low fat food is the only way to lose weight

This is one of the worst mistakes I made. First the body needs fat, and good fats like omega-3. Furthermore relying on a ‘low-fat’ tag, doesn’t mean it is low in calories. When I was buying processed food and low fat supermarket ‘ready meals’ they were still full of sugar and packed with calories. So my advice, you need to check the label. And Finally you do need to use a bit of common sense. If you are eating low fat produce, it doesn’t mean you can eat twice as much.

 

So there you have it, myths debunked! You can tell everyone that in these instances some rules are meant to be broken – without guilt.

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Luke Adams

CMO

I am dyslexic, please excuse any spelling or grammatical errors.

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