Most Popular Nutrition Myths September 15, 2011
Most Popular Nutrition Myths September 15, 2011

Eating After 8PM
It has long been thought if you eat late at night when your least active, that your body will not burn these calories and you will end up storing them as fat. However your body doesn’t know or care what time it is. The simple fact is not matter when you consume calories, if you do not need or use them they will be stored as fat. So the calories you eat for breakfast will be stored same as the ones after 8PM if you don’t use them. That been said it is a good idea to consume the bulk of your daily calories during the hours you are most active.

Consume Extra Protein to Gain Muscle
Supplement companies have made a fortune off the idea that you need to gulp down protein shakes before, during and after your workouts if you want to gain muscle. Although protein, or more specifically amino acids are the building blocks of muscle and you do need a certain amount to grow muscle, the exact amount has been greatly exaggerated. The necessary protein to help one grow new muscle can be easily obtained from eating an overall well balanced diet tailored to your activity level.

Honey is Healthier than Sugar
It is widely thought that natural honey is a much healthier option that processed white sugar. While there may be a sliver of truth in this, they are actually pretty much the same thing. Both are broken down in the body to their base element - glucose. In fact all sugars break down to pretty much the same thing when digested. Honey may contains slightly larger amounts of vitamins and minerals than processed cane sugar but it also contains slightly more calories per teaspoon, approx. 22 kcals compared to 16 kcals for sugar. Another quick tip; brown sugar is usually just white sugar with molasses added to make it look brown.

Carbs are the Enemy
Once upon a time it was fat that was considered taboo, then all of a sudden the focus shifted to carbohydrates (I wonder if a certain Dr. Atkins had anything to do with this?.) Although reducing carbs can show initial short-term weight loss results, prolonged carb starvation can have the opposite effect along with other health issues. Carbohydrates are the body’s main fuel source and for the brain they are the only fuel source. Reduced carb intake means reduced energy resulting in lower activity levels.

Skipping Meals Will Help You Lose Weight
Skipping meals means less calories consumed, which should result in weight loss, right? Studies show that people who skip meals, especially breakfast tend to be heavier than those who eat regularly 4-5 times a day. A possible reason for this is that those who skip meals tend to eat more when they do eat which is also usually later in the day. So the old advice of breakfast being the most important meal definitely holds true.

Miracle Fat Burning Foods
Popular fitness magazines are notorious for publishing articles about the amazing fat burning qualities of certain foods like grapefruits, chili peppers or your grandmother’s cabbage soup. Truth is; no food can burn fat. Some might help speed up your metabolism slightly if they contains certain elements like caffeine but not enough to make any significant changes.

Salt equals High Blood Pressure
In recent years this once revered mineral has been cast off the dinner table and demonized as a major cause of high blood pressure and heart attacks. Yet salt, or sodium chloride is an essential part of a healthy diet and is required for many important functions. Salt by itself does not have an adverse effect on blood pressure and like with most things, in moderation it is perfectly okay. Our bodies are well equipped to handle a little excess.

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