Dieting Myths

Happy New Year!

Today is the start of 2018 and already I have seen so many people say 'New Year, New Me'... *yawn* 

And after the Christmas buffets and mammoth amounts of alcohol drank over the past 2 weeks, people are signing up to fad diets that claim to make them lose a stone in a week. 
9/10 yes you will lose some weight if you cut all of the nice and nourishing foods that your body needs to stay healthy. 

So with that in mind, here are a few common diet myths, if any of these are part of your new 'diet plan', then step back! 

Myth 1 - Don't eat late at night

'The digestive system stops working at night so all calories consumed after 8pm turn to fat'

Your body is an amazing thing, it never stops working and it doesn't know the time. It isn't recommended that you eat a heavy meal before you go to bed but it won't make you fat if you have a few crackers at 10pm! 

Myth 2 - To lose weight you have to dramatically cut down your calories

'The less you eat, the more you will lose' 

Yes that is the case, if you stick to 1000 calories a day, you will lose weight. However, most people that lose a dramatic amount of weight in an unhealthy and rapid way, gain the weight, and more, between 1-5 years. So slow and steady definitely wins the race. 

Myth 3 - Skipping breakfast will help you lose weight

'Cut out a meal and you'll drop the pounds

There are so many benefits to eating breakfast. People that eat breakfast are less likely to overeat during the rest of the day. Also, if you skip breakfast, your body breaks down the fat stores, but this can affect the insulin levels and inflammation can occur, potentially raising the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. 

Myth 4 - Fat makes you fat

'If you eat fat it stores as fat'

Good fats - such as avocados, olive oil, nuts etc - are full of omega 3 which can link to a decrease in depression, improvement of eye health, helps brain health and improves heart health (amongst others). 

Bad fats - such as vegetable fats: soy, peanut, sunflower, canola etc - have been refined so they tend to be high in omega 6, which has been through oxidation when processed, making it reactive and damaging in the body.

Myth 5 - Diet products will help you lose weight 
'Low fat is healthier'

Foods labelled 'low fat' don't have to be a certain level of fat, they just have to contain less fat than the full fat versions. So this doesn't mean that they are better for you at all. Plus, the lower fat yoghurts can contain more sugar to replace the fat that is taken out, so not any better for you in the long run!

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