By: Ella James, Holistic Health Blogger
Every few months, a new diet craze hits the country. For a few months, every show and magazine article focuses on what you can and cannot do when you eat. Although most of these diets fade into the background after a while, they leave behind diet myths that some people believe. Believing in these myths can be harmful to your body and your health. Here are seven harmful diet myths you probably believe.
- Stop Eating at 7:00 PM.
Nutritionists say that there is no universal specific time to stop eating. The time you should stop eating depends on your schedule. Most people get up at a different time and go to bed at a different time. Thus, no one eats at the same time.
In Europe, people eat late dinners that start after 8:00 PM. Most European people weigh less than Americans. This proves that there is no validity to this diet myth.
The best time to eat is when your internal hunger cues say it is time to eat. Do not use an external influence such as a clock to dictate when to eat. The only times you should eat on a schedule are the following: if you will not have access to food at a later time (at work and stuck in a meeting) or if you have an eating disorder and have to establish normalized hunger cues.
This myth is rooted in the idea that you should not overeat at night. Binge eating at any time is not healthy. To stop believing in this myth, do not worry about when you eat, but worry about what you eat. You should have three regulated meals with two snacks.
- Skip The Carbs. Your Body Hates Them.
Yes, carbs are fat, but your body needs carbohydrates to function properly. However, most diets focus on how many fats are in carbohydrates, but they ignore all the health benefits of carbs. Carbs produce energy. If you want to exercise, you need carbs to help provide you with energy. Exercise is a part of keeping your body healthy. The brain uses 130 grams of carbohydrates per day to function. People who eat a low-carb diet are not performing at their optimal level and can suffer from constipation.
The best carbs come from foods such as fruit, vegetables, beans and whole grains. These foods also contain fiber that helps your digestive system.
- Eat like Ancient People by choosing a Paleo Diet.
Most people believe that since mankind used to be Paleolithic people that a Paleo diet is a healthy diet. However, that is not the case. Most current foods bear little resemblance to their ancient counterparts. Most diets in the Paleolithic days were dependent on what was available in the area where the people lived.
The foundation of the Paleo diet is only to eat food that can be hunted, gathered or fished. It does not include foods such as whole grains, dairy, and beans. These three food types are rich in nutrients that your body needs to thrive. When you deprive your body of them, you are creating a deficiency that can lead to diseases and illnesses.
- Your Diet Should Reflect Your Blood Type.
Does your blood type affect the way your body processes food? The answer is no, but some people believe that you can eat right for your blood type. There is no scientific evidence to back up this claim.
- Juicing Is Healthy and Cleansing Is A Must.
Cleansing is not mandatory. Your liver and kidneys work to detoxify your body of waste and toxins. They do not need the help of juice. If you go on a juicing diet, you are depriving your body of an adequate source of protein, fat, fiber and essential fatty acids. When protein intake is inadequate, the body uses the protein from your muscles and organs to make up for it. This leads to losing muscle mass (contributor to your metabolism).
- Eating Fat Makes You Fat.
Every diet needs fat, carbohydrates, and protein. They are essential for your body. There is no magic number of when to stop eating each one. If you stop eating when you are full, eat when you are not hungry, skipping meals or overeating at night, your intake of these is fine. Those behaviors lead to weight gain. It is not the fat itself that makes you overweight.
- Gluten Is Bad for Everyone.
Gluten-free diets are on trend now. There is nothing wrong with eating healthier. However, there is nothing wrong with eating whole grains when you do not have a medical condition that forbids it. Most people make up for the lack of whole grains by eating more vegetables. More vegetables are good, but whole grains expose your body to different nutrients that are not found in most vegetables.
The biggest myth that is related to gluten is that the gluten-free version of the food is healthier for you. That is not true. A gluten-free cupcake is not necessarily healthier than a regular cupcake. It is a myth that gluten-free is the best choice.
If you eliminate these myths from your mindset, you will be able to enjoy food again. You will also be able to sustain a healthy diet plan that works for you and not against you.
About Ella James
Ella James is pursuing Health Services Administration degree from St. Petersburg College. She also enjoys reading articles related to Health, Fitness, and Technology. She specializes in writing articles about Health, Beauty, Pregnancy, and Skin Care Treatments to be precise she loves to share her years of experience in Women’s health category. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest since 2013. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.