We’ve all heard nutrition myths that are so totally crazy and wrong we have a hard time believing that people can actually think they’re true. However, there are a few nutrition myths that are easier to believe, as they seem so rational and reasonable. Unfortunately, these myths can be dangerous, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. They’re all but guaranteed to make you fat!
Myth 1: You can burn off a bad diet.
Think about it: all you have to do after a bad food day is spend an extra hour or two working out at the gym. Simple, right? Sadly, that’s not the case! You can eat thousands of calories in a single sitting (1 medium-sized pepperoni pizza is close to 2,000 calories), but even the most strenuous workout will only burn around 1,000 calories per hour. It’s so easy to overeat, and it’s almost impossible to burn off all the excess calories (especially of carbs). To see real, effective weight loss, you’ll need to keep your food intake balanced and your calorie consumption moderated.
Myth 2: Don’t eat right after your workout; it cancels out the exercise!
This is based on the belief that consuming calories will cancel out all the calories you’ve just burned during your training. This is actually one of the worst myths, as it can deprive your body of the vital nutrients required to repair your muscles. Your body needs food after a workout, so it’s imperative that you give it protein, carbs, and fats to restore burned energy. If you don’t want to have a full meal, at least have a protein shake.
Myth 3: You can eat as much protein as you want.
This is definitely not true! Protein can be difficult for your body to digest/absorb, and it can increase acidity in your body. You do need a hefty amount of protein (around 1 gram per pound of bodyweight) if you’re a very active person, but too much protein can be bad for your health. Balance out your protein intake with sufficient unsaturated fats and complex carbs, and you’ll get better results: a faster metabolism, better weight loss, and a healthier digestive system.
Myth 4: A high-fat diet makes you fat.
Let’s be clear: there are BAD fats, anything that falls under the artificial fat category—from fried, deep fried, and processed foods. However, fats that come from plants, nuts, seeds, veggies, fruits, and animals will be good for your health and weight loss. A high-fat diet signals to your body that you’re getting ample energy, so it doesn’t have to conserve the fat it has stored against energy emergencies. By increasing the fat intake of your diet, you actually get your body accustomed to burning fat. This will help you to be more efficient at burning both stored and dietary fat, making weight loss much easier.
Myth 5: High-sugar fruits are bad for you.
In excess, sugar (even fructose) can be bad for your health. Eating more than 3 or 4 servings of fruit every day can lead to weight gain, high blood sugar, and other problems. However, even high-sugar fruits contain a hefty dose of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fruit is one of the most important of the foods in your diet, as it provides the nutrients that protect your body from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Too much fruit can certainly be bad, but 2 or 3 servings per day will be great for increasing energy levels, encouraging a high fiber diet, and improving your health overall.