Busting Diet Myths: Separating Fact from Fiction

This time of year, as so many of us aim to make healthier choices we’re bombarded with new health fads and miracle diets. There is so much information out there, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Let’s start with some common diet myths that may be hindering your journey to better health.


Carbs are the Enemy:

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All Fats are Bad:

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Skipping meals and fasting is great for weight loss:

Skipping meals or fasting may seem like a quick fix for weight loss but it can have detrimental effects. Often skipping meals and fasting when we’re hungry can lead to eating too quickly and then overeating later in the day. Instead of skipping meals, tune in to your hunger cues, eat slowly, focus on portion control and incorporating nutrient-dense foods into your diet.


Natural sugar is better for you:

Unrefined or “natural sugars” such as honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, fructose, and agave may have the benefit of micronutrients that aren’t found in refined, white sugar but still have a very similar effect on our blood glucose levels. If you want to sweeten food, try adding fruit, or a sprinkling of cinnamon.


Detox Diets Cleanse the Body:

Claims that detox diets cleanse the body of toxins are often unfounded. The human body has its own efficient detoxification system involving the liver, kidneys, and other organs. Rather than forking out for detox juices and supplements, maintaining a balanced, and varied diet, drinking plenty of fluids, and moving a little more will all support your body’s natural detoxification processes.


Eating Late at Night Causes Weight Gain:

What matters more is the energy intake throughout the day. If you find yourself hungry at night, could it be you’re not getting enough earlier on? Choose lighter snacks if hunger strikes before bed, like fruit, yogurt, or a handful of nuts. A heavy meal before bed can disrupt our sleep, and when we’re tried the next day it’s harder to make better choices. Pay attention to your body’s hunger and fullness cues rather than eating time restrictions.

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