4 Nutrition Myths Debunked

1) Carbohydrates make you fat

 – Contrary to the theories of certain diets there’s nothing to be worried about with carbohydrates. There are a few reasons why weight gain happens with carbohydrates. Here’s how it usually goes. When having a low carb lifestyle and then re introducing carbs to your diet, your body uses the carbohydrates to fill up glycogen (muscle) storage and you gained a few pounds. This isn’t a fat gain it’s simply your body refueling muscle storage. Since the scale had gone up a few pounds, you think it had to of been the carbohydrates and it must be fat so you drop the carbs thinking they are bad. It’s kinda like the person that loses 5 lbs in a week or two when starting exercise. It’s just muscle glycogen loss or “water weight”. It’s most likely very little if at all fat loss.

After a while of doing this cycle, you’ve cut mostly 40-70% calories from your diet because that’s what carbohydrates account for in a normal diet. Which means that when you introduced carbohydrates back into your diet your calorie level went up which is why you may have put on a few pounds as well. BUT this is not a bad thing, stay with.

Alright so all in all, it has very little to do with carbohydrates and more like how you cut your tolerance to the calories and also, just re-filling your muscle storage. There’s no question that loading up on sugary and refined-carbohydrate-rich foods, such as white bread, pasta and doughnuts, can raise your risk of developing health problems like heart disease and diabetes. But if you cut out so-called “good-carb” foods, such as whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, you’re missing out on your body’s main source of fuel as well as vital nutrients and fiber. Carbohydrates should be treated like every other macronutrient (protein, carbohydrates, fats) and have them in your diet. Just keep your calories in check.

2) Eat smaller meals more frequently to increase metabolism 

– It is true that food has a thermic effect. However, eating a six small meals vs. 4 medium meal doesn’t really cause a big enough thermic effect in the body to stress over. Now, if you prefer to have smaller meals throughout the day because it makes you feel better than that’s fine. Just don’t think just because you have 6 small meals instead of 3-4 medium meals it’s going to get you noticeably leaner. Studies have proven otherwise. Most of the time it’s our own psyche that comes to these conclusions.

Here’s something to think about though. If you skip meals or go a while without eating, blood sugar levels do drop which can make you feel so hungry that you can overeat easily. You know that feeling when you can eat anything in sight? It usually leads to low nutrient high refined sugars that will increase blood sugars rapidly. Your body will seek candy, soda etc. to elevate sugars faster. Which can lead to some self inflicted “WHY THE HELL DID I EAT THAT” talk.

3) Calories at night store as fat 

– Calories are calories-no matter what time of day of they are consumed. It has been scientifically proven that there is no particular time of day the body is more readily to store calories than another. This notion or theory is basically something that is based on your own psyche then what actually happens. If you do overindulge at any time of day there can be weight gain but not because of timing of the meal.

The key with eating at night is like any other time of day. Eat slow, drink lots of water and till your 85% full and then walk away. This will restrict overeating, reduce sweet tooth, and help you feel content.

The key concept is what you eat, how much and not when you eat. If you consume 2300 calories a day but only burn 1500. It doesn’t matter what time of day you consume them your in excess, and vice versa.

4) Nutrition Bars are actually nutritious 

– These nutrition myths are laughable, lets just say the word nutritious may be used a little loosely. If we were in a honest world it would be more likely a “BS” bar. The marketing companies sure now how to influence us. Often times their shelf life is as long as a tire and has the nutrition of it as well. They have processed ingredients and have more sugar than some candy bars. You are better off eating whole foods. But if you must: KIND, Quest, Larabar and cliff will suffice.

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