Diet Myths

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Diet Myths

There are so many ideas about dieting out there but the truth is there is also a lot of confusion. Here are our top 8 diet myths and why you should avoid them.

#1 A diet is temporary…
This is one of the biggest mistakes we see people making. If you convince yourself you only have to change your habits for a short period of time you will never find long term solutions for your bad eating habits and there for never find long term results. The truth is a healthy, well balanced, clean diet is permanent.

#2 If I train I can eat whatever I want…
The problem here is people overestimate the amount of calories they burn during a training session and underestimate the amount of calories they are consuming.

#3 Fewer calories equals faster weight loss…
If you cut 500 calories from your day and lose weight, than cutting 1000 must be better…right? Wrong! The body needs a minimum of 1200 calories per day just to function. If the body feels inadequate calorie intake it will simply go into survival mode. Than means it slows down your metabolism so you start to burn less calories and stores fat.

#4 Thinner is better…
Gone are the days when thin was in. We now use the term ‘skinny fat’ to describe people within a healthy weight range but who lack eating habits that fuel a healthy body and lifestyle. Body composition is a far better indication of overall health than the number on the scale.

#5 I should avoid carbs…
A lot of people think that avoiding carbs altogether will lead to quick results. The problem here is carbohydrates cover a large group of foods that supply us with nutritional benefits not found elsewhere. It is also quite hard to eliminate them for the rest of your life (see myth #1) Instead learn to choose the rights carbs like fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

#6 Any weight loss is good weight loss…
Although a lot of people can lose significant amounts of weight in the first few weeks on a new diet. It is far more sustainable to aim for a weekly loss of 500g-1kg. If the number on the scale is dropping too fast you may be losing precious lean muscle instead of fat.

#7 Avoid all fat…
Reducing unhealthy saturated and trans fat is a must, but our bodies need healthy fat to function. Beware of foods labelled ‘low fat’ as they often contain extra sugar and additives to improve flavour.

#8 Fruit has too much sugar…
There are plenty of high calorie, nutrient poor foods we should avoid (lollies, soft drink, ice cream, chips etc) But fruit? Eat it!! Yes fruit has some naturally occurring sugars that active individuals can use to help fuel their training. But it also contains important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and much needed fibre.

The bottom line is if you are eating clean, unprocessed food in moderate amounts you are going to be ticking the boxes needed for a healthy and active body. Remember ‘food is fuel’ and you are what you eat.

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