When it comes to the world of wellness, separating fact from fiction can be difficult.
To help you out, we’ve busted five of the most common myths you’ll hear about health.
All calories are the same
If you’re looking to lose weight, calorie counting can fast become the go-to solution - however 200 calories worth of chocolate and 200 calories worth of green vegetables will impact the body in two very different ways.
When creating energy for the body, different foods go through different biochemical pathways. If you’re consuming calories with little to no nutrient value, you are more likely to be less efficient at expending energy, leading to faster burnout times.
Gluten free = healthy
Unless your body is unable to tolerate gluten (and you are diagnosed as a celiac), going gluten free will not offer any additional health benefits. Wholegrain foods offer a good source of fibre, vitamins and minerals – avoiding these or replacing them with low-nutrient gluten free alternatives can mean the body may become deficient in fibre, iron, niacin, B12 and zinc.
Avoid dairy for weight loss
It’s all too common for those looking to lose a few kilos to avoid milk, cheese and all things dairy at all costs, however when consumed in moderation, dairy provides your body with a range of vital nutrients, including calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin D.
Keep in mind that there is a difference between your high-protein Greek yoghurt and the pint of sugar-laden ice cream – watch your sugar intake and make sure you’re not consuming dairy high in saturated fat.
Don’t eat late at night
If you’re looking to lose weight, don’t even think about opening the fridge after 7pm, right?
Your body doesn’t know what time of day it is, however it will know what you’re feeding it. Providing you’re consuming the right quality and quantity of food, the time at which you eat shouldn’t make an impact on your weight.
Carbs will make you fat
Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not the enemy.
There is nothing inherently fattening about carbs – it’s the consumption of too many calories (of anything) that makes you fat. While it’s a wise choice to avoid sugary, refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta and pastries, consuming carbs like whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables
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