5 NUTRITION MYTHS THAT YOU NEED TO AVOID!
With so much information out there it can be hard to separate the facts from the BS! I’m sharing this with you guys is because I made a lot of these mistakes myself when first starting out so I want to make sure that you don’t don’t do the same!
1. You have to eat clean 24/7 to get lean
The phrase "clean eating" has taken on a new, misguided meaning. It’s looked at by eating minimally processed, whole foods, and steer clear of refined, processed or junk foods. While the concept of clean eating is healthy, there must be some room in our diets to treat ourselves. Trying to eat perfectly all the time is a losing battle and will end up making you miserable. This is when flexible dieting comes into play. Flexible dieting is a method of eating that involves no restriction or banning any particular food or food group. You monitor your intake (by tracking calories and macronutrients) and place a focus on nutrient-dense, healthy foods 80% off the time. However, if you fancy a little “junk food” you can have it, provided it’s in moderation, and still fits the parameters of your calories and macros.
2. Cut out all carbs for fat loss
Definitely not! There are so many myths about carbs. This is just one I want you to stop believing! Carbohydrates are used by your body for energy, stamina, concentration and recovery. In short, we need carbs! Cutting carbs is not sustainable for your body and will result in you missing out on vital nutrients.
3. Juices, skinny teas and slimming pills will get you amazing fat loss results
Ah, if only we could sip our skinny tea all day long and stay lean and strong forever. STOP looking for an easy way out. These fat loss gimmicks aren’t what’s going to help you lose fat! There is no magic pill, powder or special tea that will give fast or maintainable fat loss results.
4. Eating late at night will cause you to gain fat
I eat right up until I go to bed! As long as you're hitting your calories / macro targets for the day it doesn’t matter what time you eat! It’s eating an excess amount of calories will make you gain fat not the time of day.
5. Eating Fat Makes You Fat
The reality is that fat is not the enemy — it's our overconsumption of excess calories and poor food choices in general. If your goal is for fat loss than demonising and avoiding fat is not the answer. Choosing the right fats can help keep you feeling full and satisfied for longer periods of time. There are good fats and bad fats. Good fats regulate hormones, provide energy and transport vitamins/minerals around your body. Bad fats can do your body harm if you eat too much off it. Easy way to tell the difference is ..... if it looks like crap, its probably crap! If it has a long shelf life, it will shorten your life! If it comes from Greggs .... well, you get the idea. Common sense and fresh food will go along way. Focus on the good stuff and your body will love you for it.
Become educated on nutrition and avoid making these mistakes by taking part in our next FFL program! We will give you the tools and knowledge you need to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle!