They lied to you! (part 2)

What follows are the x5 more lies which the government, food companies and even some qualified nutritionists are feeding you…..

6) Fat makes you fat

This is an old school theory that has only really within the last 10 years been proven to be untrue. On paper it does make sense that eating more fat will make you fat as there are more calories per gram of fat than that of the other macro nutrients protein and carbohydrate. Fat based foods are therefore much more calorie dense meaning it is very easy to overeat your required calorific intake needed for your daily activity rate. However on the flip side of the above, higher based fat diets with a lower carb intake are much more successful when seeking fat loss, as long as you can still control your calorific intake. So the take home message here is that more fat won’t make you fat but will actually aid in fat loss.

7) You shouldn’t eat carbs at night time

“You can’t consume carbohydrates at night or you will store fat!”

You will have heard or have been told this theory at some point no doubt, right?  It’s crazy how much it is still used or preached out in the fitness world today. The reason behind this is because most people who recommend limiting carbs at night do so because they believe your metabolic rate decreases at night therefore those consumed and unused carbohydrates will be stored as fat instantly.

This idea that you should avoid carbs at night because your metabolism slows down has been proven to be an invalid theory. Research now actually shows that not only does your metabolism NOT slow down, its actually no different to your resting rate during the day, plus if you exercise it’s actually shown to increase your sleeping metabolism significantly.

Also if you do have difficulty sleeping, including a carbohydrate source in your last meal of the day can activate certain chemicals in your brain that relax you, signaling sleep and encouraging a better nights recovery.

8) Low fat, fat free or low carb is a healthy alternative

Low fat, fat free or low carb diets are extremely popular these days and food manufacturers have cottoned onto this and started mass producing products to serve the public need for them. However all of these products are far from healthy and in order to be the product they claim to be, ingredients have been removed and replaced with unnatural chemicals that the body just doesn’t know how to utilise. You just have to look at the ingredients list to see it contains no real food at all, they are highly processed. The take home message here is to avoid these options as they do more harm than good, they are not healthy. When you see low fat, fat free or low carb think “chemical shit storm”.

9) Gluten free is healthy

Eating a gluten free diet is extremely trendy these days and to be honest most people when questioned about it have no idea what gluten even is. If you have a known gluten intolerance then I’m in total support of you opting for a gluten free diet, but please bear in mind that just because the product is gluten free it doesn’t make it healthy. I have had clients on several occasions try to justify eating biscuits or cakes or similar because they were gluten free. However most of these foods are usually made from highly refined, high glycemic starches like corn starch, potato starch, tapioca starch and may also be loaded with sugar. Dropping gluten should mean replacing it for real food, not highly processed foods that as a general rule of thumb we should be avoiding.

10) Eating 6 smaller meals a day will boost your metabolism, increasing fat / weight loss.

This is probably the biggest myth and misconception that I still hear day in day out. Let’s think about it for a second, do you really think your metabolism accelerates based on a meal to meal frequency basis? I don’t think so. This has been proven time and time again to be a complete myth, but here’s the catch.

Eating smaller meals more often can actually help you lose weight but not by speeding up your metabolism, but by increasing thermogenesis.

So how does it work?

By eating more often, generally with protein and fibrous veg servings with every meal, will help curb cravings and will keep you fuller for longer which will help stabilise blood sugar levels avoiding drops which leads to binge / snack eating.

So if you want to eat 3/4/5/6+ meals a day then you can, do what works for you but don’t do it for the wrong reasons.

 

The take home message is this: Food manufacturers don’t truly care about your health they only really care about profit. The government and many qualified nutritionists know very little when it comes to real nutrition. Avoid fad diets, avoid heavily processed foods and always try to eat real, natural food as much as possible. Real food doesn’t need an ingredients list, real food is the ingredient. 

Olly

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