7 Popular Diet Myths That Have Been Debunked

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Are You Making These Common Dieting Mistakes?

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m talking about 7 popular diet myths that have been debunked.

How many of these common nutrition mistakes are you still making?

All right, let’s get started on the 7 diet myths that I want you to ditch.

Diet Myth #1. Extreme Calorie Restriction

How Many Calories Should I Eat A Day?

If losing fat was just a numbers game, extreme calorie restriction would be the fastest and most effective way to lose weight.

However, in my opinion, weight loss is more about science than math.

Your body is smarter than you think.

Overtime, when you drastically decrease the amount of calories you take in, your body can go into survival mode.

Since your body doesn’t know when it’ll be fed again, it holds on to stored fat for survival, which leaves your hard earned muscle to be burned for energy.

This is not a sustainable weight loss approach, since muscle is the key metabolic driver that keeps your metabolism on fire.

By following an extreme calorie restrictive diet, you may lose weight, but you’re doing it by becoming a smaller fat person.

Not good.

Diet Myth #2. Fat Free Foods Create Fat Free Bodies

8 Healthy Fat Foods For Weight Loss And Muscle Gain

Healthy sources of fat are not the cause of body fat.

In fact, healthy fats are essential for the cells of your body and optimal hormonal health.

They can also help you eat less, because calories from healthy fat are very filling.

Consuming fat also helps limit cravings, as it suppresses the hunger hormone, ghrelin.

Diet Myth #3. Avoid Saturated Fat

Avoid These Unhealthy Sources Of Fat

All the latest research shows natural sources of saturated fat found in the following foods are not bad for you:

These foods high in saturated fats may actually be good for your healthy cholesterol and heart health.

Foods containing trans fat are what you should be avoiding.

Trans fats are mainly found in processed foods such as:

  • Cookies
  • Bread
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Cereals
  • Anything deep fried, like french fries

Diet Myth #4. Always Avoid Carbohydrates At Night

What Is Carb Backloading And How Does It Work?

You hear it all the time.

Eating carbohydrates at night will make you fat.

In other words, there is a carb monster that arrives after 8pm, and makes you store all consumed carbohydrates as body fat.

Of course, to some extent this can be true, but not if your workouts are later in the day.

Rather than timing your carbohydrate consumption based on the clock, time your carbohydrate consumption based on your workouts.

This approach is called carb backloading.

If you are exercising after work, I recommend you follow up your workout with a protein and carbohydrate shake.

Then follow that up, 1-2 hours later, with a post workout whole meal, including a complex carbohydrate source, such as a sweet potato.

This means, even if it’s 10pm, your body will use up the carbohydrates to switch the body from a catabolic break down mode, to an anabolic repair and growth mode.

The carbohydrates will be shuttled to recover lost muscle glycogen, rather than spilling over into your fat cells.

Win win.

Diet Myth #5. Healthy Food Tastes Bad

How To Make A Salad That Tastes Good

If you have to force down every one of your meals, because it’s comprised of an over cooked plain chicken breast and raw broccoli, I get it.

However, as a Live Leaner, we don’t roll that way.

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Diet Myth #6. Going Vegan Or Vegetarian Is Best For Weight Loss

Best Protein Sources For Vegans And Vegetarians

If you decide to go the vegan or vegetarian route because you love animals, all the power to you.

Can you lose weight going vegan?

Of course you can, when you do it right.

However, this is where some people get it wrong.

Just because some foods are classified as vegan or vegetarian, it does not mean they’re healthy or weight loss friendly.

Think about it, french fries, potato chips, pasta, they’re all vegan foods right?

Does this make them healthy?

No.

The same is true for some paleo and organic foods.

Regardless of which diet you follow, just use common sense.

Let’s move on to the last diet myth.

Diet Myth #7. You Can Out Exercise A Bad Diet

Can You Out Exercise A Bad Diet?

I could go on and on about the topic of out exercising a bad diet.

However, the bottom line for the average population is, the quality and quantity of food you eat, will quickly overpower all effort put in the gym, when it comes to weight loss.

The calories from bad food choices add up a lot quicker than the calories burned from exercise.

Why else do you see the same people at the gym, for 1-2 hours every single day, yet they still have a big gut?

Don’t be that guy.

There you have it Live Lean Nation.

Those were 7 popular diet myths that have been debunked.

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Question Of The Day:

  • If you had to classify your way of eating as any of today’s diets, what would you say it most closely resembles?
  • The Paleo diet, Vegan, IIFYM, 5:2 2 Day Diet, Mediterranean diet, etc?

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