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Health & Fitness: Diet and Fitness Myths Busted

KIMby Kim Duke

With so much misinformation flooding our brains, it’s a wonder we can possibly know what is true and what is false these days. The following are some of the questions I get asked regularly and the answers that I know to be true.

Does eating late at night always makes you overweight?

Though it’s very common for overweight people to eat late at night, it is not necessarily the reason for their obesity. Folks who engage in exercise later in the day create a lengthy after burn of boosted calorie expenditure and can and should eat after their workouts. Plus, if you have not exceeded your caloric intake, the time of day should not be the issue for weight gain.

Therefore, the time of day in which you eat should not be a factor if your workouts are frequent and consistent. However, what you eat can be the culprit to weight gain.

Is it a good idea to skip meals?

Skipping meals is a terrible idea. Skipping meals makes your body “think” food is in short supply, and as a result your metabolism will slow down to hold onto stored body fat. You’ll then have trouble losing the fat you want to lose.

Is fat-free a better choice?

Fat-free is a poor choice. Oftentimes when the fat is removed from a food, sugar is added. Fat-free has literally made us fat! Sugar, in any form, tends to be stored as fat if not burned immediately.  Fat, on the other hand, is actually essential to the human body. But remember, not all fats are created equal. Polyunsaturated and monounsaturated are best.

Is it not good to workout daily?

If our ancient ancestors thought this way, the human race might have become extinct. The human body evolved to be quite efficient at movement. We’ve lost sight of this, thanks to modern day conveniences that have eliminated the need to be physically active every day.

Though it’s not good to lift weights with the same muscles two days in a row, you should do some kind of exercise every day. Exercising every day is not linked to any diseases or orthopedic ailment.

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