There is so much misinformation in the media today. It’s hard to sift through and know what is right, what’s wrong and what is applicable. Consulting with a Registered Dietitian makes finding the way through it all so much easier!
MYTH: Food eaten after dinner goes straight to your thighs.
REALITY: It’s best to spread your eating out throughout your day. In fact, about two-thirds of the calories used are for basic functions like breathing and growing hair. This is done on a 24 hour cycle. So giving your body the fuel it needs, when it needs it, is optimal. Spreading out your meals would mean starting with breakfast within an hour of getting up, right until a bed time snack.
Limiting when you allow yourself to eat can put you out of touch with you hunger signals. Listening to your body and eating when you are hungry, whether this is at 4 pm or 11 pm is the best way to stay at a healthy weight and not be burdened with guilt for eating late at night.
MYTH: Never snack between meals.
REALITY: Adding small snacks between meals will boost your metabolism and make you feel more energetic. It also takes the edge off your hunger, preventing you from overeating at the next meal. Afternoon snacks tend to be the most beneficial to get through afternoon energy lags, being able to avoid hitting the candy machine, and allowing time and energy to get home and cook dinner. Think of having healthy options available such as, fruit and yogurt, nuts and a piece of fruit or cheese and crackers (in moderation!).
MYTH: Carbohydrates are fattening, or “empty calories” and should be limited.
REALITY: Carbohydrates are an important source of energy for your body. Carbohydrates, and carbohydrate-rich foods like breads, pasta, rice and potatoes, are important for our brain function, moving muscles, building muscles, and are a major source of fibre and vitamins. A good balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat ensure that the body is getting all that it needs and is operating at optimum.
MYTH: People who are thin are healthier than people who are overweight.
REALITY: Weight does not indicate health. Bodies of all sizes are healthy. We can feed the same amount of food to two different people and they will look very different. Being physically active and eating healthy for your body will keep it in the best shape possible, and will minimize risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke…. no matter what size!