People will give nutrition and fitness advise all the time. The difficult part is deciding what to believe and what not to believe. I will help you understand 3 myths that people ask me about all the time.
Myth: The More you exercise, the more weight you will lose.
The truth is if you exercise too much it can cause your metabolism to decrease, making weight loss more difficult. Too much exercise can also decrease your immune system. With a restricted diet it can make your immune system decrease even more. The body really only needs 25 to 90 minutes of exercise per day. Try and make sure your workouts include: cardiovascular exercise, strength training exercise and stretching/mobility.
Myth: You must Snack during the day
Snacking may raise the blood sugar and cause the pancreas to dump out insulin. Insulin facilitates fat storage. You should be eating 3 meals per day and snacks, AS NEEDED. What that means is don’t snack because it is “time”, snack because your body needs the fuel.
Use snacks if meals are going to be delayed, or if you get “hungry” after a workout session or a very active day. Try and avoid to snack just because it is your normal “snack time”
- Keep your snacks healthy and balanced with carbohydrates and protein.
- Snacking on non starchy vegetables is a great option.
- You may not need a snack, just drink some water.
Myth: A diet is ALL in or ALL out.
The truth is that small changes really work. Sometimes if you make too many changes at one time it can cause diet cheating. Avoid dramatic diets, fasts, detox’s and other crazy sounding diets. Keep your changes small and consistent.
Make a new goal/change each week and continue implementing changes until you reach your goal.