Step Sixteen: Food Myths
So many fallacies occur in the world of nutrition and fitness — especially the fitness world that targets 6 pack abs. So how can you know fact from myth? Well, it is very difficult to believe everything you hear, however some things are just plain common sense. Learning to recognize a fallacy can help you advance in any endeavor to lose weight, eat healthier, and achieve a higher-quality lifestyle. Here are a few of the food myths that are definitely busted!
Eating past 8 can cause an individual to gain weight- This is heard all over the media today and it has caused incredible controversy and is a significant food myth However, it is not true. This is because no matter when you eat, if you are consuming more calories than your body can burn you will gain weight no matter what time of day you eat.
Eating all fat-free foods can result in weight loss- This is another false statement. Fat-free foods are better than foods that contain high contents of fat, however an individual can eat fat-free foods that are loaded with empty calories. This means that although the foods contain no fat, the calories that are being taken in can be very high and result in weight gain.
Carbohydrates cause weight gain- With the new diets that prohibit the intake of carbohydrates, everyone is under the impression that carbohydrates make people fat. This is definitely a food myth, because some carbohydrates are essential for the body to function properly. However, over indulgence of starches, sugars, and sweets which are associated carbs can cause weight gain due to the high calorie contents in them.
Diets that are high in protein and result in ketosis control hunger- Protein is often beneficial for building muscle, and they can make you feel full. However, they do not control hunger. This is because ketones have not been proven effective for reducing hunger pangs or controlling it.
Yogurt is the best diet food- Surprisingly, yogurts are packed with empty calories one cup of yogurt can be up to 240 calories. If an individual is not careful in the amount of yogurt they consume in a day, they can end up with an unexpected weight gain. Also some yogurts contain a lot of fat and sugars that can also contribute to weight gain or deter weight-loss.
Exercising regularly will cause an individual to consume more food- Some people shy away from exercising because of this food myth. Exercise burns fat and calories that are consumed. Usually exercise results in endorphins being released that result in a happy feeling. This feeling and those endorphins are beneficial in reducing the hunger and assisting people who eat for emotional reasons.
This is a true example of why not to believe everything that swarms the media. The best thing to do when in question is to research the topic for yourself. Chances are you will get to the bottom of the truth, and understand what to eat to become thinner and healthier. This will be a reward in itself, so do not consume yourself with skeptics and fallacies that overwhelm you in everyday life.