The health and fitness industry is quite frankly full of crap. There are so many nonsense nutrition myths out there that are so ingrained into our beliefs that most people don’t question them. In fact, it’s often just a matter of how many times someone says something, before everyone believes it. I am here on behalf of PFT to bust through the pile of crap.
The conversations we have been having recently during sessions here in the studio, have made me realise what today’s blog should be about….
For example I overheard someone say: “Just read fats are good; does that mean I can have a Krispy Kreme?”
These myths have come from questions I have been asked or statements I have heard, that I felt the need to make sure I got the true information out to you.
My Top 5 Food Myths
Myth 1: Carbohydrates (carbs) are the devil.
No, they’re not and no they don’t make you fat! They’re a valuable energy source which our body thrives on. As long as you don’t overindulge in carbohydrates, they’re absolutely fine. Important information: your brain ONLY uses carbs! So cutting it out or not getting enough causes you to be light headed and dizzy.
Myth 2: You need to cut out dairy and gluten to be healthy.
No, you don’t! Gluten isn’t the devil and dairy is an amazing source of protein and calcium. You do not need to cut these foods out unless you are medically diagnosed with an allergy or intolerance to them. On that note, do not self-diagnose as gluten intolerant or lactose intolerant, always go to a doctor to get tested.
Myth 3: You can’t eat carbs after 6pm.
Good news, yes you can! 😀 It’s actually important to eat carbs after 6pm if you’ve just done a workout and need to refuel your body; as the carbohydrates will be used to help you recover and repair. Don’t worry, when the clock strikes 6pm, your body doesn’t turn into a fat storing machine.
Myth 4: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
For some people, due to their lifestyle, it absolutely is; however for others, it’s not. If you’re not hungry first thing in the morning and don’t need to exert yourself, then there is no harm in having a light breakfast (with protein as mentioned earlier), just try not to leave your body without any fuel more than 4 hours.
Myth 5: Juice cleanses and detox teas work.
NO THEY DON’T! Your body can detox itself. Please don’t buy into this stupid false advertising.
Catherine Collins, an NHS dietitian at St George’s Hospital, thoughts on this; “The ultimate lifestyle ‘detox’ is not smoking, exercising and enjoying a healthy balanced diet like the Mediterranean diet.” Peter Ayton, professor of psychology at City University London, agrees. He says that we are liable to be influenced to such gimmicks because we live in a world with so much information, we’re happy to defer responsibility to others who might understand things better.
[3 Bonus Myths]
When I found these out, I couldn’t not share them with you!
Bonus Myth 1: Buying a snack bar which is “high protein” or “gluten free” means it’s healthy.
Nope. It probably isn’t. These bars are often just as processed and full of crap as a typical chocolate bar.
Bonus Myth 2: You need to eat protein within 30 minutes of a workout.
Not necessarily. Your body doesn’t miraculously stop absorbing protein after half an hour. Just try and get a balanced meal in within a few hours if you can. Instead of focusing only on this window, ensure you’re getting in enough protein throughout the day as a whole. An easy guideline we go by at Pursuit, is protein in every meal, equating to the size of your fist.
Bonus Myth 3: Fruit is the devil.
Nope, it isn’t. It is packed full of valuable vitamins and nutrients. It is much better to eat an apple than to eat a snickers. The sugar won’t kill you.
Each of these 8 myths can definitely be explained in much more detail, so that’s why we’re going to be diving into each one, in future posts we put out. Keep your eye’s peeled!
Let us know any nutrition myths you think need busting in the comments below and be sure to share this blog post if you agree with my top myths!
Ask us any questions you may have; we are here as your coaches to help educate you on the correct fitness, nutrition and mindset, so use us! If we don’t know the answer straight away, we shall research and get back to you.