There are many diet myths that have floated around for centuries, and we seem to continue to adhere to their guidelines without question. Many of these dieting standards, however, have been proven to be false. A good example is the good old myth of not being able to eat late at night. It has bee proven that whether you eat dinner at 6:00 PM or 9:00 PM, it does not matter as long as you are staying within your caloric limit.

Key Takeaways:

  • It is untrue that you cannot eat later at night without avoid packing on the extra pounds.
  • Many people assume that Luna Bars have estrogen in them which can promote the growth of breast tissue, but this is untrue.
  • Eating small meals every two to three hours will actually not speed up your metabolism as many suggest.

1. Fruit Has Too Much Sugar

Rumsey has also confirmed that the fruit in sugar (fructose) is not credible for your stomach fat. She emphasizes that fruit contains a multitude of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants whereas a candy bar, which also comprises sugar, solely provides calories and no essential nutrition. She also says that the fiber in fruit balances out the effects of its sugar in the body. Since fiber takes a longer amount of time to digest, it prevents a catastrophic spike in blood sugar and insulin from occurring. Have you ever heard of someone getting a sugar rush from a strawberry? Of course not, and now you know that fiber is the reason why. Rumsey continues to say, “That also means your body has more time to use this sugar as fuel for energy, instead of storing it as fat.” Check out this list of high fiber foods for inspiration and please, don’t be afraid to eat fruit.

2. Vegans Never Get Enough Protein

According to the Vegetarian Resource Group, only about one calorie out of every 10 we take in needs to come from protein. In a protein-obsessed society, this may be hard to digest. Literally. Things that are coined vegan foods like tofu, tempeh, whole grains, spinach, nuts, beans, and legumes are all chockful of protein. You just have to make sure you eat enough of them throughout the course of the day, which is what you should be doing anyway! Your body can only synthesize 30 grams of protein per sitting, so if you are chowing down on anything greater than that, consider it being stored as fat. The Harvard School of Public Health says it’s the “protein package” that truly matters, as in the other nutrients that are packed in the food item. For example, a cup of cooked lentils delivers nearly the same amount of protein as 3 ounces of beef, but without any of the fat. Try slicing part of an avocado over your bowl of lentils for some healthy fats!

3. Eating Less More Often Helps You Lose Weight

Let’s make something clear here: eating every 2-3 hours (about 6 smaller meals a day) will not make you gain weight. However, it will not speed up your metabolism, either. The total amount of calories you eat in a day’s time determines your body’s metabolic response—not how infrequently or frequently you consumed them.

4. Low-Fat Diets Are Best for Weight Loss

If you have ever read Michael Pollan’s novel In Defense of Food, you will see that the low-fat diet is not the route you want to take. Supermarkets are laden in low-fat snacks and dairy products. But does that necessarily mean they are the best for you? Not at all. In fact, they are even worse for you. When you rid of a food’s healthy fats, you rid of a great deal of the food’s natural nutrition stores. And what do you receive in return? A plethora of additives and fake sweeteners that provide no nutritional benefits to your body. Also, the lack of fat eliminates the satiety factor, which ultimately causes you to eat more it. By that point, you have already eaten double the calories, when you could have just eaten the full-fat version in the first place.

5. Protein Bars Are Always a Healthy Option

First of all, it is important to address whether or not the protein bar is meant to be a snack or a meal replacement. Because calorically speaking, there is quite a difference! If it’s supposed to be a snack, it’s best to select one that is 220 calories or under. If you are on a time crunch and cannot make it out for a bite to eat, feel free to replace it with a protein bar that, at most, is 400 calories. You don’t want to ruin your projected weight loss plan because of an energy bar that’s loaded with synthetic ingredients and sugar.

Which brings us to our next topic of discussion: the ingredients. After pondering on what purpose your protein bar will serve, you will want to scavenge through the list of ingredients. Here is a helpful hint: if it takes you more than 30 seconds to read through the list, then it’s bound to have a plethora of suspicious components mixed in. I.e., things you don’t want in your body! If the protein bar has whey protein, calcium caseinate, P-protein, brown rice, or hemp, then snag it! These types of protein provide the best type of branched chain amino acids for muscle growth. Oh, and be sure to check the sugar content; if it has more than 30 grams of sugar, ditch it. You can eat a Hershey’s milk chocolate bar for less sugar.

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