10 Nutrition Myths
Here are some common myths about food that may surprise you…
1. ‘I need to diet to lose weight’
Dieting alone to lose weight is unhealthy and will make you fatter in the long run. Incorporating exercise with a good nutrition plan in the best way to lose weight and keep it off.
2. ‘Carbs are making me fat’
Carbohydrates are not the enemy. Our body needs carbs to run effectively, but too much of anything will make you fat.
3. ‘I need to cut out fat to lose fat’
Not entirely true. Like carbs, fats are essential for our body to function. It’s the types of fats we need to be careful of. Choose more healthy fats (salmon, low-fat dairy, nuts and seeds, olive oil) and less unhealthy fats (biscuits, cakes, pies, pastries)
4. ‘It says gluten-free so it must be good for me’
No! Gluten-free foods simply don’t have gluten in the ingredients and are meant for people who have Coeliac Disease who can’t absorb the gluten in certain foods. These foods can still have lots of calories in them, so read the label. After all, a gluten-free cake is still a cake!
5. ‘Fruit is the healthiest snack’
Fruit is a healthy choice compared to lollies and biscuits. However too much fruit will mean too many calories which will be stored as fat if you don’t exercise. Make sure you stick to the recommended 2 serves a day.
6. ‘It says 98% fat free – it’s a good choice’
Not necessarily. Read the nutritional panel. How many calories does each serve have? How many serves are you actually having?
7. ‘Exercising on an empty stomach is the best way for weight loss’
If you don’t have fuel in your tank you’re likely to lack energy to do your workout properly and possibly have the opposite effect
8. ‘Fruit juice is healthy’
Some fruit juices have the same amount of calories as soft drink! Go for a fresh piece of fruit instead to get all the benefits of the vitamins and minerals.
9. ‘I have a big dinner planned so I’ll skip lunch to make up for it’
Unfortunately skipping meals will have the opposite effect and cause you to store that meal as fat. You’re best to eat small meals throughout the day and stick to your portion size at dinner.
10. ‘Alcohol doesn’t impact on my weight’
Alcohol has calories in it. Don’t assume that because it’s in liquid form, it doesn’t have many calories – unless it’s water! One glass of wine is equivalent to a Tim Tam, which could take about 30mins of walking to burn off.
So next time you hear yourself making one of the above comments about food, stop and think about what may actually happen instead. It just may make the difference to your weight loss.