Diet myths. They’re what make us doubt everything we put in our mouths, and everything we put in our trolleys in the supermarket. They’re what make us paranoid about everything, from carbohydrates to fat to sugar. They’re what confuse us to the point that we’re not sure what we should be eating, and when we should be eating it.
But never fear – I’ve gathered up some of the most common diet myths and busted them open so you will never again have to suffer through the confusion. Here we go…
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by belVita. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
1. Low-fat is where it’s at
Contrary to everything we’ve been told for years, low-fat diets aren’t the key to weight loss. Your body needs fat – it provides energy, repairs tissue and also transports various vitamins around the body. What’s important is that you get the right, unsaturated fats. So less deep-fried chippies and more avocados, nuts and olive oil.
2. Avoid the fridge after a certain hour
You know that whole don’t-eat-after-8pm-or-get-super-chubby myth? Fib! Studies suggest that calories consumed after a certain hour are not burned any differently to those consumed at a different hour. So it doesn’t matter when you eat – what matters is how much you eat through the whole day. Unfortunately, we do tend to overeat at night as we’re tired – and we also tend to reach for the unhealthier snacks to treat ourselves. So watch the portions of the ice-cream and you should be just fine.
3. Go for the diet products on the shelf
Sadly and misleadingly, the diet prodz on the shelf aren’t necessarily the ones that are best for you.
Make sure you read the ingredients on everything you purchase – if something’s fat-free, it’s probably loaded with sugars and other mystery ingredients to retain the flavour. Similarly, if something’s sugar-free, it potentially has some very interesting things added to it in order to make it edible.
4. Carbs are the devil
Ah, how Atkins convinced us all. In actual fact, carbs are an important thing to incorporate into your diet, especially if you’re working out on a regular basis. Just go for the stuff that’s better for you – wholemeal bread/pasta, brown rice, wholegrains and sweet potatoes.
5. Dairy is also the devil
Nope! That wheel of cheese/glass of milk/pot of yogurt has lots of stuff in it that you need – think calcium, protein, zinc, etc.