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Bamboozled by These Diet Myths (Series)

By Crystal Mejia
Posted On May 25, 2016
Bamboozled by These Diet Myths (Series)

Myth: CALORIE COUNTING WORKS.

Sure, awareness of how many calories you intake is great but solely relying on calorie counting to lose weight is not. Often, with marketing shenanigans, the food labels on what you eat are inaccurate and have different health effects on everyone. The way food is processed is unique to all individual bodies since our genes and microbes produce different chemicals from different foods. Paying attention to food quality is more important than calorie counting.

Myth: FOR WEIGHT LOSS, EXERCISE MORE.

There’s no doubt exercising increases your health and lifespan but it does not necessarily slim you down. Actually, it makes you gain weight because muscle mass, which has a greater density than fat, increases while your fat decreases. Don’t get discouraged, though! Staying fit is great for the heart, mind, and soul!

Myth: CARBS ARE THE DEVIL!

Professor Tim Spector thinks we’re doing it all wrong by skipping meals and eliminating food groups. Instead of omitting parts of the food group from our diet, we should be eating hundreds of different plant and animal species throughout the year, much like our ancestors. Today, most of us rely on processed foods, only consuming 10-20 food ingredients in a year. The larger the range, the more diverse our microbes are. Microbial diversity helps us fight off allergies, diseases, and irritable bowel syndrome.

Myth: BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY WHEN YOU WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT.

Eating breakfast does not directly influence weight loss, but it does influence what you will eat the rest of the day. Eating frequently throughout the day makes you hungrier which in turn causes you to consume more calories. Interestingly, fasting helps weight loss because while our gut lining clears up, more microbes flourish when we eat our next meal. So, if you wait to eat during late morning or lunchtime, you’ll actually contribute to your weight loss. We should listen to our bodies and feed it when it’s asking for it but of course, while being smart about what we’re consuming.

Myth: HIGH-FAT FOODS ARE No-No’s.

Did you know “low-fat” options often have higher sugar than “high fat”? Funny enough, more and more research is showing that the right fats are healthier, increase microbial diversity, and change the way our food is broken down.

So now what do you do? I would say try different diet plans and see what works best for you and your unique body!