In this information age, we have access to so many articles and facts about everything, and information about dieting and weight loss is no exception. We are told so many things by so many different sources, which often contradict each other, it’s difficult to know who or what to believe. In fact, it turns out that a lot of the commonly held beliefs about dieting are actually completely wrong, so it’s time to make up with carbs and stop letting the clock decide when you eat as we set the record straight on a few of the biggest diet myths around today!
Myth 1: You shouldn’t eat dinner (or anything) after 7pm
There is no universal time to stop eating; people get up and go to sleep at different times, therefore it’s inevitable that people will get hungry at different times, and therefore eat at different times. Many countries eat dinner later than Americans and don’t have the same prevalence of obesity that the US has. Eating should be as a result of internal hunger cues and not based on external influences, like the clock.
The problem is not so much when we eat but what and how we’re eating; mindless snacking at night in front of the TV is just as bad as mindlessly snacking at 9am, but perhaps the former is more common. Many people get into negative cycles of skipping breakfast and then overeat at night, which is definitely a diet no-no. Regular meals are crucial to maintain your metabolism, but, it is just as important to recognize that you don’t have to eat dinner because the clock strikes 6:30pm. If your day starts and ends later then it’s fine to eat dinner later, and this in itself will not have any negative effect on your weight loss efforts.
Myth 2: Carbs make you fat and your body doesn’t need them
This common diet myth is central to many diet programs, several of which have been reviewed and criticized here on Phen.com. With the exception of specialized diets for medical necessity, if someone isn’t eating carbohydrates then they aren’t functioning at their optimal level; the brain alone uses 130 grams of carbohydrates a day. Furthermore, carbohydrates are necessary for serotonin production, which is the neurotransmitter that reduces appetite while also regulating many important functions such as sleep and mood, so without carbs you’ll likely feel grumpy, hungry and tired – sound familiar? Carbohydrates are even more important if you’re engaging in even moderate activity, as carbs are the main source of energy for exercise and many people end up feeling worse if they try to exercise without eating them. And, since exercise is essential to ensure good health, and is also crucial to successfully lose weight for good, eliminating carbohydrates can be detrimental to your health.
The anti-carb myth most likely originated as the result of analyses into how over-processed carbs, like white bread, can negatively affect your body, but this isn’t the case for all carbs; whole grains, beans, fruit, veg, and even potatoes, are excellent sources of fiber, essential for good digestion and keeping hunger at bay, which you definitely want more of while you’re on your weight loss journey to success.
Myth 3: Detox and cleansing diets will boost weight loss
Detoxes and cleansing diets promote the idea that the body needs help from juices or a special diet to detoxify, when in reality the body does a very good job of this all by itself. The liver and kidneys are the body’s own detoxification system, and they don’t need the help of juice to do their job. What’s more, there are some obvious flaws in juicing diets; juices are inadequate in protein, fat, essential fatty acids and fiber, which are all essential to help keep you feeling full and ensure that your body is healthy and nourished. The lack of protein is particularly worrying as the body is forced to use protein from muscles and organs. So, intending to cleanse the body of toxins can actually have the undesired effect of contributing to losing muscle mass, which then slows down metabolism and results in making weight loss more difficult in the long term. So, let your organs do their job and stick to eating a balanced diet.
Myth 4: Gluten is bad for you, me and everyone
Unless you have a medical issue, gluten can’t hurt you; aside from people diagnosed with celiac disease and the 5% or so of the population with a genuine sensitivity to gluten, there is no benefit to going gluten-free if it is not medically warranted. The gluten-free trend is a fad that many people are attracted to as a new way to restrict or lose weight. And, while it could be said that swapping some of the grains on your plate for more veggies would be a good thing, people who switch to gluten-free products often mistakenly believe that gluten-free means better for you. However, many gluten-free products are a lot more processed than their whole-grain, gluten-containing counterparts; corn and rice flours which are used in gluten-free products are lower in fiber and have been shown to produce greater spikes in blood sugar levels. It’s also important to remember that processed foods are no less unhealthy if they don't contain gluten; a gluten-free cookie is not healthier than a cookie with gluten.
So there you have it, four dieting myths officially busted! However, what is not a myth is the way Phen Caps can give you the energy boost you need to get you motivated and start exercising, while also controlling cravings and suppressing appetite. While you’re on your weight loss journey, a balanced healthy diet and a sustainable and enjoyable exercise routine plus the added help of Phen Caps are all you need to ensure success, and now you can forget these myths too, so abandon that detox and welcome carbs and gluten back into your life!
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