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With so many dieting rules and regulations out there, it can be difficult to sort the reality from the rubbish.
Here are 5 dieting ‘facts’ that are actually false.
Eating fat makes you fat
Fat has got itself a bad rep, but it is actually an essential macronutrient. Not only does fat provide a great source of energy, but it also ensures proper functioning of your nerves and transportation of fat-soluble vitamins.
Although fat does have more calories per gram than carbohydrates and protein, eating fat does not directly make you fat.
Just as with anything, it’s all about moderation.
You shouldn’t eat after 6 p.m.
You’ve probably heard that eating later on in the day means that you’re more likely to gain weight, but that is not the case. Weight gain is not about when you eat but rather what you’re eating and how much you’re eating.
Rather than worrying about what time to eat, it is more beneficial to listen to your body and eat when you’re hungry.
Carbs are the enemy
Just like fats, carbs are often considered as a dieter’s enemy. In reality, they’re an essential part of our diets. Carbohydrates are our primary source of energy with the brain alone using around 130g a day to function.
Without having carbohydrates in our diets, we cannot function to our full potential, which in the long term is going to leave you feeling rubbish and slow down your progress.
Detoxes are a requirement
Juicing has become more and more popular in recent years. However, they’re not only costly, but they’re also dangerous. Your body is designed to detox itself; it’s what our liver and kidneys are for! Fancy detox teas and juices on the other hand, can result in digestive problems, muscle weakness and liver damage.
Ditch the detox and let your body do what it is designed for.
Little and often is best
Last but not least is another popular dieting myth: eating little and often is the most effective method of losing weight. However, there is very little evidence that actually backs this up.