5 diet myths debunked

5 diet myths debunked

Fact or fiction? Dieting advice comes from all directions – on social media, in books, from celebrities and even our family and friends. It can be difficult to hear at times, especially because so many “tips” don’t actually ring true. Melodi Peters, a registered dietitian at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., weighs in on some popular myths.

Myth #1 – Drinking smoothies will help you lose weight

“Most smoothies are primarily fruit and vegetables, which are loaded with carbohydrates,” warns Peters. “The liquid smoothie leaves your stomach quickly, creating a spike in blood sugar. The insulin response following a smoothie can leave you feeling tired and hungry. My advice is to eat your fruit and vegetables. Never drink them.”

Myth #2 – Eating at night makes you fat

Does it really matter what time of day you eat? There is no proof that late-night meals cause you to put on weight. However, we do know that consuming too many calories causes weight gain, and many night eaters do tend to overeat. Try to stick to earlier mealtimes.

Myth #3 – Athletes need a ton of extra protein

If you are training for the Chicago Marathon or are an athlete of any kind, keep this in mind: Most diets provide plenty of protein, even for athletes. The real secret to boosting athletic strength and muscle is to get enough calories and focus on intense training.

Myth #4 – Coffee is bad for you

Drinking two to three cups of coffee a day can be a safe part of a healthy diet. In fact, research suggests coffee may help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, gallstones, Parkinson’s disease and even some cancers. But for dieters trying to lose weight, avoid coffee condiments, such as cream, sugar and other flavored syrups.

Myth #5 – You should eliminate fat from your diet

Your body needs fats as well as protein and carbohydrates. Good-for-you fats found in foods like nuts, avocado, olives and low-fat dairy give you energy, help rebuild cells and produce needed hormones. The fats to limit or avoid are saturated and trans fats, found in foods like butter, high-fat dairy, red meat and many processed foods.

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  1. Concerned Consumer April 5, 2017 at 12:40 pm · Reply

    I am looking forward to the day that AHC health enews will spends some time busting the myths that:
    #1 – Dairy is a nutritious part of a “balanced” diet
    #2 – You need “lean proteins” from meat, and you aren’t getting enough
    #3 – Carbs are bad.
    Until then, it’s very difficult to take you seriously.

  2. William Anderson April 7, 2017 at 9:03 am · Reply

    Here are the three most popular weight loss myths: http://theandersonmethod.com/category/weight-loss-myths/

  3. Yeesch, you get bashed from all sides. Like Concerned Consumer, clearly a vegan troll. But I take issue with #2. There is a particular hormone that is released about two hours after we go to sleep that unlocks fat cells to release energy used in repair work etc. during sleep. I cannot locate the name of this hormone now! It is only released in the absence of insulin in the blood stream, so that the timing and the content of dinner is really important. I will keep looking, but you may already know its name and can supply it.

    But meanwhile, all animal products are important parts of a healthy diet, and carbs are indeed unhelpful in weight loss and maintenance.

    • You do realize that there are carbohydrates in dairy products, veggies and fruit right? So are you advocating that your diet should consist of ???. Are you saying no fruits, veggies or dairy?

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