When it comes to food, everyone’s got an opinion: your mother, your doctor, your friends and even your trainer. If you’re looking to lose weight or simply stay in shape, then we’ve got some common food myths that will help you out. Know that these are truly myths! One big tip before we delve in is to never take something as a complete and utter truth when it comes to food. Always do your own research! And one more thing, if you plan on losing weight, don’t try crazy weight loss techniques, stick to the good old working out and eating reasonably. It’s the best!
10. Eating Lots of Meat is Good for Weight Loss
Believers in the Dukan diet, beware! Eating copious amounts of meat is not good for your weight loss or your body. Yes, you will lose weight (you’ll lose weight if you’re only eating vegetables, sure), but at what cost? Your liver and pancreas will be overwhelmed with all the meat you’re giving them and it may cause trouble for you in the future.
9. Vegetarian Diets Are Always Lower In Fat and Calories
While a vegetarian diet is indeed much healthier than one that includes meat, there are plenty vegetarian dishes and foods that are high in fat and are caloric bombs. A fried veggie burger is bad for you, mostly because it’s fried. French fries are vegetarian and so is falafel – both fried. Don’t forget that vegetarians eat sweets too, so there’s that! Bottom line – fried food is bad for you.
8. Eating Later In the Evening Causes Weight Gain
It’s not when you eat food that will cause you to gain weight, it’s how much you eat. Although it’s not recommended to eat in the evening because your stomach either won’t digest the food in your sleep and it will cause you to get sick or it will digest it and your sleep will be a troubled one.
7. Carbohydrates Make You Fat
Again, it’s not that a particular type of food will get you fat, it’s how much you eat of it. You can enjoy a small bowl of pasta, some bread with jam if you don’t go overboard. Don’t have more than 100 grams of pasta in one sitting. If you look at a plate with 100 grams of pasta you will be surprised at how little it is. That’s how much you should eat, not more!
6. Eating Sugar Causes You to Get Diabetes
This is one of the most common food myths out there, but it is just a myth. Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin production or absorption in the body. The main causes of this disease are obesity and lack of exercise. Yes, eating a lot of sugar will make you obese, but sugar alone does not cause diabetes.
5. Exercise Makes You Eat More
It may sound outrageous, but many people believe that if you start exercising you will automatically eat more. Research has shown that 20 minutes of exercise a day does not influence your appetite. Now, if you’re an Olympic athlete and you’re consuming off 3000 calories in one workout session, your body will ask for more food, but if you’re doing a bit of jogging, you’re safe.
4. Snacks Will Spoil Your Appetite
Was your mother lying to you when she was telling you that snacking will spoil your appetite? Not really! Indeed, eating a little before your meal will decrease your appetite, but that’s actually a good thing. Overeating is today’s one of the biggest problems when it comes to food. Food is so available, that we’ve simply lost ability to listen to our bodies when they tell us that they’re full and this leads to obesity and disease.
3. Vitamin Supplements Are Necessary For Everyone
This myth is promoted by all pharmaceutical companies out there, but in fact if you eat a well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meat, then you don’t need to take any vitamin supplements. If you’re feeling weak at times and you think that a magnesium supplement, for example, can help, then take it, but other than that you’re safe.
2. Bananas Are Fattening
I cringe every time I hear people uttering this sentence: Bananas are fattening. When will people understand that it’s not a certain food that makes you fat, especially a fruit like bananas, but how much you eat of it? When it comes to calories and calories alone (not taking into account the vitamins and minerals we get from food), all calories are the same: 100 calories or banana are the same with 100 calories of kale and 100 calories of beef.
1. Your Stomach Will Shrink If You Eat Less
The only way your stomach will shrink is if you cut it, otherwise it will pretty much remain the same size. Know that it does expand to accommodate the food you ingest and once it digests it, it goes back to its original size. You may ask How come sometimes I can eat a whole meal and sometimes I can’t? Well, it all comes down to your hormones that will tell your stomach how full and hungry it is.
What did you think about these common food myths? Did you know that these were myths or did you actually believed them? Do you have some more myths you’d like to share?