There’s still so much nonsense out there surrounding the topic of nutrition. People mistakenly think of nutrition as some kind of black magic that has to be incredibly complex in order for it to work, but this just isn’t the case.
To help, here are five nutritional myths busted for you all that may let you look at things in a different light.
1. No carbs after 6pm.
Not sure where this one came from, but our body doesn’t have a curfew for when it decides to store body fat. The most important thing in fat loss is the total amount of food you consume over 24 hours, if some of that comes from carbs after 6pm it won’t make any difference at all provided the whole day is in check.
2. Putting coconut oil in coffee is good for fat loss.
While coconut oil has its health benefits, it simply can’t actively contribute to fat loss on its own. It’s an oil, and high in fat, therefore very dense in calories. All those teaspoonfuls can very easily rack up to a few hundred calories a day more than you were previously consuming, which is actually going to be counter productive for your fat loss efforts.
3. Eating fat makes you fat.
Again, similar to above – eating too much of anything will cause you to gain weight. Specifically demonising fat serves no purpose. Fats in our diet are essential for a multitude of reasons, not consuming fat will be if anything – detrimental!
4. Microwaving food destroys nutrients.
It’s commonly believed some mystical radiation in a microwave destroys the vitamins and minerals in foods. Heat and time affect nutrient loss, not the cooking method. Therefore, the longer and hotter you cook a food, you lose some heat sensitive nutrients (eg vitamin c). As microwaving tends to be quite quick, it can actually be effective to preserve nutrients in food.
5. Going “gluten free” is beneficial for everyone.
Unless you have medically diagnosed celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, there is literally no need to avoid gluten as your body has no issue processing it. People who fall into the former category who then switch to a gluten free diet often report having incredible energy and feeling great after making the change – simply because they felt so sick before. Unless medically diagnosed, you probably won’t notice much difference.
Some food for thought!
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