Common Nutrition Myths Debunked


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — There are probably quite a few nutrition myths you’ve been lead to believe, like that carbs are bad for you, or that you should eat multiple, small meals throughout the day. So I asked an expert to debunk five of the most common myths.

Myth #1: Carbs will make you gain weight

“The first myth is carbs will make you gain weight,” said Olivia Hallstein, a certified fitness nutritionist.

She says carbs won’t make you pack on the pounds.

“Eating in a caloric surplus consistently is the only thing that makes us gain weight,” she explained.

When people cut out carbs, they initially lose water weight.

“If you continue to lose weight after cutting carbs, that weight loss is only the result of a calorie deficit,” Hallstein said.

Myth #2: You can eat as much healthy food as you want

Nutrition myth number two is you can eat as much food as you want as long as it’s healthy.

“A big plate of broccoli could be 200 calories, but a tablespoon or two tablespoons of peanut butter is 200 calories,” Hallstein explained. “They’re both 200 calories but what’s going to make you feel fuller longer?”

Myth #3: Sugar is addicting

The third prevailing myth is that sugar is addicting.

“So a lot of people saying their addicted is more because of all these food rules that society has implemented on us,” Hallstein said. “There is no sound evidence that sugar is addicting or any food for that matter.”

So just like anything else, consume it in moderation.

Myth #4: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Myth number four is that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

“There are a lot more things that are important than breaktfast,” Hallstein said.

While breakfast does help stabilize energy, she says it doesn’t rev up your metabolism.

Myth #5: You Should Eat Every Three Hours

And that leads us to myth number five: Eating every three hours or six small meals a day will speed up your metabolism.

“This is not true,” Hallstein said. “I believed this for so long. I was a crazy meal prep person.”

Instead of eating based on the clock, listen to your body. When you first feel hungry, drink some water and wait thirty minutes to see if it’s just thirst.

“If you’re still feeling hunger and it’s a gradual feeling, that’s a better reason to eat than because it’s been three hours or it’s 12 o’clock.,” Hallstein said.

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