Nutritional Myths – How to Navigate the Trends
We know that establishing a nutrition plan and routine that works best for you can be a challenge. There are so many sources to choose from when researching and pulling together guidelines that work best for your life. Our team at Grand Fitness wants to first address some of the myths you may have heard or come across in your research!
Myth 1: Eliminate or restrict a macronutrient for the best results
Please do not completely eliminate a macronutrient (carbohydrates, proteins or lipids/fats) because it’s the next big diet trend. Macronutrients are essential to overall health and body functions, and each address a different need for your body. If you eliminate one group, your body will have to pull from another source. This can negatively affect any progress you have made. We recommend you maintain a balanced diet made up of whole, or non-processed, foods.
Myth 2: All calories are created equal
We hate to say it, but some calories just mean more. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have direct effects on fat burning and the hormones and brain centers that regulate appetite. For example, the 140 calories you ingest from a Coca-Cola will leave you less satiated than a large banana (similar amount of calories). Choose your calories wisely to get the most out of the foods you eat!
Myth 3: Losing weight is all about exercising more and eating less
In essence, losing weight is the basic science of calories in versus calories out. You have to burn more calories than you are taking in to actually lose weight. However, other variables such as genetics, hormones and various external factors can also affect your weight loss. We also discourage extreme calorie deficits, which may adversely affect your health.
These myths just skim the surface, so we recommend you do extensive research when developing your nutrition plan! Of course, reach out to any of our team members if you have questions or if you would like additional feedback.