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Nutrition Myths Part 1

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Author Greg Goodrem

Eating Late at Night will make you fat?!

So the Theory is that if you eat after a certain time you will just put that weight on as fat! This simply isn’t the case it all comes down to circumstance e.g. if you train like I use to at 7.30-9.00pm my body is absolutely crying out for energy and therefore NEED to EAT!

There has been numerous studies done and I’ll be honest nowadays there is always a study that will either be the way you’d like reality to be or a study ‘proving’ the opposite. Don’t get sucked into it just eat real food and with nature!

If you eat poorly and late then chances are your more likely to put fat on, but being up for so long sometimes it is actually thirst that needs quenching so if you tend to eat late and you’ve eaten maybe have a pint of water and see if that settles your ‘hunger’.

A lot of people tend to eat more junk food whilst watching TV in the evening, which can cause you to consume more calories also.


Crash diets are best for losing weight and keeping it off?!

If you’ve been around long enough you would have seen a whole host of different diets:

  • Paleo diet
  • White wine diet
  • Atkins diet
  • The Zone diet
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Vegetarian diet
  • Vegan diet
  • Weight Watchers diet
  • South Beach diet
  • Raw food diet
  • Mediterranean diet
  • +1000s more

Each one is marked as THE DIET to be eating to solve the weight loss problem. Most of the time a change in diet will initially see a lose of weight quite quickly they are usually not sustainable. Normally once you’ve broken with eating on a diet you go back to your regular pattern of eating.

There is a load of reasons you lose weight then put it back on but what needs to change is your regular eating pattern learn to adapt it gradually and your body will be a lean mean fat (and other macronutrient) burning machine! Try to avoid the NEW ‘FAD’ diets where possible unless it is the age old favourite ‘Health Balanced Eating from Nature diet’.


Eating FAT makes you FAT!?

Although eating certain types of fat is known to be horrendous for your body this is not a blanket statement that it is going to turn to fat.
Your body has to physically and chemically break down everything it digests and the result of this process is to provide energy for your body. In a relaxed state your body is more likely to be burning fatty acids as you will be working your aerobic energy system. So more cardio should go towards the fat burn
The main fats to avoid are Hydrogenated or Trans fats which are MOST commonly found in:
  • Margarine
  • Packaged snacks
  • Ready to use dough
  • Baked goods
  • Fried foods
Other fats are ESSENTIAL here are just a few functions of fats:
  • Formation of virtually all cell membranes
  • Formation of myelin sheath within the nervous system
  • Synthesis of steroid hormones
  • Assists in the regulation of enzymes
  • Transportation, storage and utilisation of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K
  • Fuel source during lower intensity work loads
Sticking to healthy natural foods that have had minimal interaction with humans (processing) as you can see from the benefits completely outweigh the harmful effects of the hydrogenated or trans fats.

You can eat what you want as long as you train or exercise!?

Well sorry to burst the bubble but there will be a limit to how much your body can use. Obviously exercising does indeed increase the calorie/energy burn in your body and keeps it higher throughout the rest of the day it does not give you a free pass to eat what ever you want.

The key is really to live in BALANCE which means eat healthily the majority of the time and every now and then as an indulgence have something you consider naughty. You’ll notice I didn’t refer to this as a treat because when you do that it then becomes something you might want to rely on for whenever you need to have a little pick me up.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and if you would like a reality check on other myths maybe I’ll include them in Part 2.

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