It’s time to get back into Mythbusters mode. This time, we’re on the hunt for silly nutrition myths. These myths, for some reason (I want to say the internet), have just stuck around for an unnecessarily long period of time, so much so that many people confuse them for facts. Let’s start busting, shall we?
Fat makes you fat
This one just seriously needs to go away. Yes, on the surface it might make sense that eating fat would make you fat but this just couldn’t be further from the truth. Excess calories make you fat. If you consume more calories on a daily basis than you burn, you will get fat. That is the core of all fat loss. Yes, fat has more calories as compared to carbs or protein so maybe that is why people get confused.
Fat, in fact, can be very good for you. Consuming healthy fats like grass-fed steak and butter, seeds, nuts, oils, etc. can do wonders for your body. They are known to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol, they are incredibly good for your hormones and help to keep your joints and immune system healthy. Do not fear the fat, well, except for trans-fats, stay away from those because they will mess you up. Nutrition myths are fun to debunk.
You should eat X amount of meals to lose weight
No. This has been proven to be completely false. The number of meals you eat in a day has no impact on your rate of fat-loss. Eating more meals does not raise your metabolism to any significant degree and you are just stressing yourself out over nothing. It does not matter if you eat 1, 2 or 6 (10? 12?) meals a day. All that matters is that you are hitting your daily calorie and macronutrient goals.
Your body will absorb what it needs and get rid of the rest. Recent studies seem to suggest that skipping a meal or two could actually be good for you because it gives your digestive system a break, allowing you to digest and absorb food and nutrients better (look up intermittent fasting).
Salt is bad for you
This one actually has a bit of truth to it. Regular table salt is most definitely bad for you. It is void of any nutrition and is just full of nasty fillers that will wreak havoc on your body.
Good quality salt, however, can be really good for you. Salts like sea salt, rock salt, etc. are full of vitamins and minerals that help to keep your electrolytes in balance and if you are consuming enough water, blood pressure shouldn’t be a concern, unless of course, you have a pre-existing medical condition, in that case, limit your salt intake.