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5 Diet Myths You Can Now Well & Truly Ignore

1st May 2019
Luke Adams

There are some 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 we are probably all guilty of believing some of them, 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

It is commonly believed that if you ate late, in particular, carbs after 6pm, you would pile on the pounds. However it’s not the time of day you should be looking at but instead, review your overall calorie management. So we carried out our own little test and we found that when eating 4 to 5 times a day, the last meal ended up being around 8pm. Whether we had carbs or not the time we ate didn’t make any difference to weight gain. However what you eat and how often you eat does impact the results. Eating 3000 calories late in the evening, early in the morning or whenever, is going to impact you if you are not burning off those calories at some point throughout the day. The number of meals per day impacted the body going into starvation mode and therefore fat storage and muscle reduction came into play. But 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

The consensus was that skipping a meal meant you ate less and subsequently you can lose weight. However, skipping a meal can be detrimental to your weight goals and health. When you miss meals, whether be on purpose or because you are so busy, you tend to end up so hungry at the next mealtime that you will load up on high sugar “junk food” and even overeat. After that short energy boost, there will be a sudden drop in energy. Overeating can leave you bloated, lethargic and then you won’t want to eat for hours, skipping your next meal. Your body will then store as much of the food as reserve fat and you can actually put on weight.

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

It’s fair to say 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 you will find though is if you eat regularly, rather than at the same time each day, you are not craving for food and your body doesn’t go into starvation mode. Eat when you are hungry, not when the clock says it’s time to eat. Remember though, often when you think you’re hungry, your body is actually thirsty. The body is made up of 70% water and this needs replenishing. Furthermore, your body can’t tell you what you’re 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. And if you have 4 to 5 meals a day, fitting them all in when your hungry will mean you eat fairly consistently anyway.

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 no matter whether you are losing weight, building muscle or trying to stay well balanced.

Eating low-fat food is the only way to lose weight

This is one of the worst mistakes that can be 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. If you buying processed food and low-fat supermarket ‘ready meals’ on many occasion they will be full of sugar and packed with calories. So always check the label. And finally, you do need to use a bit of common sense. If you are eating low-fat products, 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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