With so much information out there, it’s hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction. We’ve done the work for you and uncovered five health myths that are definitely fiction.
Fact: Many people believe they need to cut fat from their diet completely in order to lose weight. Fortunately this isn’t the case. Fat plays an essential role in every cell in our bodies. We require fats in order to properly digest vitamins as well as process protein. It’s important to include a range of good fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds in a well-rounded diet.
Fact: The gluten free trend has exploded over the past few years, and these days every restaurant and corner store offers a gluten free alternative. Gluten is a protein found in several grains such as wheat, spelt and barley. Unfortunately many gluten free alternatives are packed with added sugars. Others are high in cholesterol. Any well balanced diet, whether it is gluten free or not, should revolve around natural foods. Fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, and dairy products are all healthy gluten free options.
Fact: Whilst it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, most scales will only measure total weight loss without regard to body composition. An important thing to consider before hopping on the scales is how much muscle you have. Muscle is more dense than fat, and when you gain muscle you increase your metabolism. You may be losing fat and gaining muscle without any change on the scales. Where you will see a change is in your measurements, so it’s important to record these as well if you’re looking to lose body fat.
Fact: A calorie is a calorie; no matter what time of day it is consumed. The important thing to keep track of is your total calorie consumption throughout the entire day. You will only lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume, and you will only gain weight if you are consuming more than you burn in a day.
Fact: Unfortunately this is a myth that many people believe to be true. The truth relates directly to the number of calories you consume vs. the number of calories you burn each day. The more you exercise, the more you energy (calories) your body will require, however this doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want!