It’s hard to write an article about only 4 healthy food myths because the truth is that there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of food myths that have somehow become woven into our everyday lives and fitness conversations. There are countless companies, products, and diet-pushers that get rich capitalizing on these falsehoods. If you are someone who cares about your health, it is your prerogative to make yourself aware of what is fact and what is fiction. This article is designed to help you along in the right direction. Here are 4 healthy food myths that are quickly and easily debunked. Some of them may surprise you.
The Fewer Calories You Eat, The Faster You’ll Lose Weight
It seems logical on paper, but it simply is not true. Just as important as how much you eat is what you eat. More than likely you will become frustrated and irritable, possibly begin having trouble sleeping, your normal energy levels will go down, not to mention that you’ll be hungry…all the time. Talk about discomfort. There is no way that kind of lifestyle leads to something fulfilling and sustainable, let alone healthy. You need to form long-term, realistic and sensible eating habits if you want to get thinner and stay that way. Focusing on calorie intake is the wrong path. Most people who go this route gain the weight right back after a period of perceived “success.” Focus more on what you’re eating rather than how much.
Cut Out Fats in Your Diet to Cut Fat
Nope. This will not give you the results you want so don’t believe it! Believe it or not, fat intake is actually necessary to burn existing fat. Sounds backward? It’s not. There are different kinds of fats and you simply need to be educated about which kinds you should not put in your pantry. Trans fat and saturated fat are bad. Polysaturated and monosaturated fats are good. Cutting out all kinds of fat entirely will have negative side effects like cold flashes and dry skin, among others. The best path is to eat the good fats in moderation and cut out the bad ones altogether.
Carbohydrates Make You Fat
Similar to what was explained in the fat section above, there is more than one kind of carb which is very important to understand: simple (or refined) carbs and complex carbs. Everything in moderation applies here, of course, but the weight gain happens when you mix simple carbs with fat. When this happens, fat-storing signals get sent like crazy throughout your body. So consume white bread, potatoes, white rice, pasta, juice, and sugar (all simple carbs) in moderation – leaning toward below moderation. But whole grains, vegetables, and fruits (all complex carbs) – order up!
Eating at Night Makes You Gain Weight More Than Eating During the Day
A digesting cheeseburger hanging out in your stomach while you sleep is not going affect you any differently than a digesting cheeseburger hanging out in your stomach while you’re at work during the day. A cheeseburger is a cheeseburger no matter when you eat it. It doesn’t magically increase its fat potential when eaten at night. I seriously don’t know how some of these rumors get started.
Be skeptical of anything you hear from peers and strangers about how to and how not to lose weight. You never know where they’ve gotten their information from and what deceptions they may unknowingly be perpetuating. Do your research, read, and get informed so that you can optimize your health as efficiently as possible. There are so many healthy food myths out there and we want to help you navigate them. At Impakt Fitness, we’re in your corner!