There are so many articles out right now talking about which diet works best and “facts” that support it. Then there is the contrasting side of people who believe diets don’t work at all. I feel like the definition of the term “diet” is changing. A diet is simply the plan of foods that a person is eating. Whether this be to loose or gain weight, there are misconceptions about the word and meaning all together.
- “I work out, so I can eat whatever I want”- You loose weight when your are working off more calories than you intake in a day. It is impossible to work off a bad diet regimen.
- “I don’t have to count calories if i’m eating healthy”- Healthy foods hold calories just like unhealthy foods. For example, complex carbs are the way to go. But remember, if you over eat on complex carbs, you are still going to gain weight. The healthy foods of course hold more nutritional value, but you still have to watch the amount you intake.
- “Carbs make you fat”- Complex carbs are often low in fat and high in fiber. Carbs give you energy, help the digestive system, aid in brain activity, and are of value to any diet. Removing carbs from your diet completely will only help in temporary weight loss. (Most of the initial weight loss you see when cutting carbs will be water weight.)
- “Eating smaller meals more often is better for you”- For some people, this statement is true. Overall, this doesn’t work with everyones daily agenda and that is fine. The portion of meals and how often you eat should be decided on what is going to be most beneficial. For some, eating smaller meals more often is recommended to help eliminate unhealthy snacking in between. Some look at eating more often an opportunity to over eat. It’s all about control and what will work best for you. There is no science to prove that smaller meals more often alone aids in continuous weight loss.
- “Don’t eat after 8pm”- Calories can’t tell time. Your body will digest the calories at night the same way they will in the morning. Cravings of unhealthy food usually arise during the evening time though, so if you are going to snack, make healthy choices.