You’ve all likely encountered tons of information about weight loss. Some of it is true, and some (well, most) of it is not. Here are three myths and truths about weight loss.
Myth: Eating late at night will make you fat.
Truth: Eating unhealthy food and lots of them will make you fat.
Contrary to popular opinion, your metabolism does not speed up or slow down at different times of the day. There are no magic times of the day when your body burns fat especially quickly or slowly. Such beliefs have ZERO science behind them, and in fact, I know a competitive bodybuilder who tested this belief and ate pizza — yes, pizza — on his diet for competition, in which he had to get his body fat percentage down to 4%. As it turned out, he entered the competition at 4% body fat.
Eating late at night is not any better or worse a time than any other to eat. This myth likely arose because our cravings tend to arise at night, which means we tend to eat unhealthy food at night. Thus, it’s actually the unhealthy food that puts fat onto the body, not the act of eating late at night.
Keep in mind, however, that like every other part of the body, your stomach and digestive systems have their ebbs and flows. The morning, for instance, is a time when your body is waking up, so you shouldn’t cram in tons of heavy food. Instead, drink a lot of water, have a warm tea, or have some fruit before having a large meal. Large breakfasts are fine, but give your body a chance to wake up.
Stay tuned for part 2!
And in the meantime, find out what you can do to start eating healthily. You will be surprised at just how easy and fulfilling it can be.