Busting the Biggest Diet Myths
As one of the biggest industry’s on the planet, dieting has been around since the early 18th century and eventually became a mainstream multi-billion pound industry in the 20th century when being thin was ‘in fashion’. With this said, there have been many myths that have been perpetuated throughout history about what a diet actually consists of and we’ve decided to set the record straight once and for all. Read on as The Healthy Living and Fitness team bust some of the biggest dieting myths around…
Myth: Eating at night makes you put on weight
Many people incorrectly believe that the food that is eaten during the day is burned up by the activity that is carried out and as a result, the food that is eaten at right will be stored at fat. Fortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth! As long as a calorie deficit is adhered to, dieters can expect to see a loss of 1-2lbs a week whether they eat at 3pm or at 10pm.
Myth: You should avoid all fatty foods
Keen dieters will know that every gram of fat accounts for 9 calories where as every gram of carbs and protein are account for 4 calories each. As a result, the myth that weight loss is attributed to cutting out fat has taken the dieting industry by storm. In fact, not only is this problematic but it can also be dangerous. After all, fat comes from two source and is essential in the absorption of vitamins and minerals, thus it is important to include heathy sources from fish, nuts and avocado in your diet whilst restricting the fats that are found in cakes and chocolate.
Myth: Cardio exercise is the better than food restriction
Beginners are lead to believe that carrying out enough cardio exercise is the key to drastic weight loss. Unfortunately, loosing weight is all about your diet and it is a fundamental belief that nobody can out-train a bad diet. After all, cardiovascular exercise will certainly help keep your heart healthy, but a calorie deficit and swapping out unhealthy foods for nutritional alternatives is the best way to ensure steady and consistent weight loss is achieved.
When it comes to dieting, it is important to remember that it is not supposed to be a miserable period of your life. After all, studies have shown that completely cutting out your favourite foods makes you more likely to cave on a diet because they are craved even more intensely. If you have any dieting myths you’d like us to clarify, get in contact with a member of The Healthy Living and Fitness team today!