Eating late makes you gain weight and six other health myths, debunked
There’s a lot of conflicting health advice out there. Protein is in one day, out the next. Juicing is good, then it’s bad. it’s hard to keep up and it’s hard to know what’s true. Here, we separate fact from fiction.
Myth 1: Eating fat makes you fat.
What makes you fat is taking in more calories than your body uses up, whether they come entirely from fruit and fish or carbohydrates and sugar. Fat contains more calories per gram than protein, so watching the amount you consume makes sense. But fat itself does not make you fat. In fact, good fats are incredibly healthy and keeps you fuller for longer.
Myth 2: Eating breakfast helps you lose weight.
If eating breakfast helps you fill up and prevents you from overeating later, great. But if you’re just not hungry first thing, and you eat normally once hunger strikes rather than bingeing later in the day, there’s no need to add the 400 or so calories for breakfast for no reason – it won’t make you slimmer.
Myth 3: Drinking eight glasses of water a day is optimal.
Who says you need eight glasses? (Photo: Pexel) Essentially, this number is somewhat made up. You should drink when you’re thirsty, regardless of how many glasses that is. When it comes to skin, its external appearance is due far more to humidity and our environment than drinking water, and we can self-regulate, according to this report in the BMJ.
Myth 4: You can help your body detox by eating in a certain way.
Charcoal wont help you detox. Juicing won’t help you detox. Your liver detoxes for you, and it does a good job. The end. Myth 5: If you work out, you can eat what you want. (Photo: Shutterstock)
Myth 5: If you work out, you can eat what you want.
(Photo: Shutterstock) Nope. It’s calories in versus calories out – and it takes a lot of effort to work off a piece of pizza – 26 minutes of running, in fact. People and exercise machines tend to overestimate how hard they’ve worked and how many calories they’ve burned off. Weight loss is 80 per cent food.
Myth 6: You’re better off with six small meals than three big ones.
Focus on micronutrients, gut health and fibre. The components of your meals are much more important than when you eat them.
Myth 7: Eating late makes you gain weight Actually,
whether you eat at 8am or 11pm, it’s the same food and it has the same effect on your boy. Willpower tends to wane late at night, so it may be more tempting to reach for the ice cream then. But if it’s the same foods, it doesn’t mater what time of day they’re consumed.