Between the months of January and June is generally the time when everyone is working on their fitness and weight loss goals and there is always a lot of talk about how they will achieve them. Day in and day out I hear the same statements about diets that the majority of the public think to be true, but are in fact myths that just never die. Before I begin I just want to put a disclaimer out there…I am in no way a trained professional in nutrition or fitness, it is a hobby of mine and I like to think I am very knowledgeable in the subject.
- Eating Fats Makes You Fat
This is the number one myth that literally never dies. I want to make it clear that eating fats doesn’t mean they automatically get added into your existing fat cells when digested. Calories from fat are no different than any other source. Yes it is true, fats have more calories per gram than carbs or proteins, however eating healthy fats will actually make you feel fuller faster and your body should naturally tell you to stop eating. If you consider junk food to be fattening foods and that’s what your eating, than yes your going to get fat. Junk food is designed to be addictive and encourages you to eat more,thus gaining fat. If you stick to healthy Omega 3 fats such as fish oil/ flax seeds, nuts, avocados and coconut oil and you control your portions you shouldn’t be getting fat from fats
2. Eating Protein Makes You Fat
Let me tell you, it’s not the protein that’s making you fat, it’s the cookies you’re sneaking when no one is looking. Protein is known to help build muscle tissue and maintain muscle mass. If you’ve been sticking to a clean, protein enriched diet but you have “gained weight”, it is not the protein (or the end of the world) you’ve most likely gained a bit of muscle. But wait, why do you weigh more? Because muscle weighs more than fat! A woman with higher ratio of fat to muscle will look a lot different than a woman with a higher ratio of muscle to fat. Do me a big one, throw your scale away, it means absolutely nothing. If you want to track your fitness progress try taking pictures, It’s a lot more accurate and motivating.
3. Coffee Is Unhealthy
I love coffee, it’s something I would ever want to give up and when I hear people say that they are going to cut it out because it’s making them fat, I get offended. So I’m here to tell you! There’s something else! The truth: It’s not the coffee that makes you fat, it’s what you put in the coffee that makes you fat! (specifically the 3 spoons of sugar). Coffee is actually known to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and is found in most fat burners on the market. So before you think you have to cut out your coffee, try cutting out the extra calories from heavy creams and sugar instead.
4. Eating Carbs At Night Makes You Fat
Please. I think this is the myth that bothers my soul the most. Science doesn’t even support this myth! It was a stupid rumour that started in the 70’s and never seemed to go away, I guess that’s why I hear it most from old(er) people. Weight gain is a result of eating more calories than you burn. It really doesn’t matter what time of the day you decide to consume your calories, as long as you don’t go over your budget. Studies have even shown that eating carbs at night will actually help you get a better night sleep and can even help you lose fat! So, if you wanna eat food past 7pm like a normal person, please do.
5.“Spot Training” Will Help You Lose Fat In That Area
I’ll admit, I used to believe this myth, so I’m going to put this very simple. Exercise burns calories which burns fat. Exercising your whole body burns fat. Exercising one area of your body burns fat. Here’s where it gets crazy…Fat gets burned throughout the body at an even pace, which means those 20,000 jump squats you just did because you read it would make your legs smaller, will still burn fat, but not only in your legs. MIND BLOWN. no? Just me? Anyway….Moral of the story, the next time you want smaller arms, try focusing on controlling your diet and nailing your full body workouts rather than just doing bicep curls for the next 2 weeks.
Recap! There is no magic diet or secret out there that will help you drop fat. If you live an active lifestyle supported by a healthy diet full of whole foods and leafy greens, you will see the pounds melt off. It’s not going to be easy, don’t think that it will be, it takes hard work, dedication and consistency. I wish you all the best of luck on your fitness journey and I hope that this post helped.
Thanks for reading!
xo – Hannah