There are fewer topics with more opinions and false rumors spread than the subject of dieting.
In today’s ever-changing world, it’s hard to know which dieting facts are true and which are gimmicks to take your money. As a certified personal trainer and nutritionist for the past almost decade, I’ve seen many false foods/drinks/pills claiming to “burn all your fat.”
I’ll let you in on a little secret: There is no magical food. Drinking hot cayenne pepper lemon water will not detox your body. Eating only a diet cookie combined with diet pills isn’t the answer either.
If you want to lose weight, you simply need to burn more calories than you consume.
There is a certain number of calories you should consume per day according to your body type, height and weight. I can calculate that for you if you contact me.
Here are five of the most common dieting myths I hear.
Five Most Common Dieting Myths Busted
1. Paleo is Healthiest Because We Eat the Way We Used to
The foundation of the Paleo diet is to turn to the traditional ways of eating as our ancestors did. That means meats, veggies, berries and nuts. Nothing else, because that’s how our ancestors ate.
This is untrue. Hunters and gatherers may have dieted in this fashion, but history shows people ate what was available to them. Fruits, veggies, breads, fish, whatever our ancestors had access to is what they ate.
A low carb diet can be effective because you can easily cut calories and still feel full. But it has nothing to do with eating the way your body was meant to, or how ancestors ate. It has everything to do with cutting calories.
For more information on Paleo Diet misconceptions, check out this article.
2. Nobody Should Consume Dairy
I’m sure you’ve heard this from someone at some point: “We are the only animal species to continue to drink milk after infancy.” Somehow that equates to unhealthy.
There are a lot of things we do that animals don’t: live in civilization, indoor plumbing, reading, talking. You name it. To believe this equates to unhealthy is silly. Of course, if you have an allergy to dairy, that’s a different story.
But dairy contains a lot of proteins and important macronutrients. Aside from the calcium you know about, it contains riboflavin, potassium, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and others that are extremely helpful for bone development and rebuilding muscle.
3. Your Body Needs a Monthly Detoxing
Actually, your body needs daily detoxing. That’s the function of the liver. Drinks do not “clean out your gut” or “clear out toxins,” your body does that on its own.
These drinks work to help you lose weight because they force to cut calories. If you wanted to instead, you could just cut calories and not spend the money on the drink.
For better alternatives to the detox diet, head to this article.
4. Aspartame Causes Cancer
This is one of those ongoing dieting myths that refuses to die. A study back in the ’60s linked aspartame, a chemical found in diet drinks and sweeteners, to cancer. Much more recent studies have found this to be false.
In fact, diet soda can help you lose weight. By drinking something sweet, you curb your craving for sweet foods without consuming “empty calories.” You can learn more about it in this article.
5. Gluten Has Evolved and Is Bad For Your Gut
Again, if you are allergic to gluten, this does not apply to you. You, of course, should not consume gluten.
But to believe that gluten is horrible for everyone’s gut simply because its structure has evolved is just not true. Whole grains have many important nutrients.
People do often find success with a gluten free diet. There’s a pretty simple explanation for this: Many items that contain gluten are high in calories. Once again, by cutting gluten, these people cut calories and as a result, lose weight.
Recognizing a pattern here? Cut calories, eat generally healthy, and you will be fine. 🙂
Stay focused and keep workin’