Nutrition Mythbusters

I need to weigh myself every day to determine what food I will allow myself to have.

TRUTH: Your body is made up of 60% water! Your body weight may fluctuate daily due to fluid shifts and not true weight gain/loss from food intake.

Every day we lose about 2 liters water through many different bodily functions, such as digestion, breathing, and sweating. If this water isn’t replaced daily, we may experience tiredness, headaches, and even dizziness resulting from low pressure. A scale should never determine your nutrient intake for the day or feelings of self worth!

Carbohydrates are bad for you and only lead to weight gain.

TRUTH: Carbohydrates provide energy for our bodies for daily functions and exercise.

Depriving yourself from an adequate amount of carbohydrates each day could lead to serious medical issues such as heart problems or the build-up of toxic ketones. Necessary carbohydrate intake for your body and activity level can be determined by a registered dietitian.

The more you exercise the healthier you will be.

TRUTH: A balanced amount of movement makes us healthier, but too much exercise can do more harm than good!

Your body needs to have movement to function properly, for strength, and the prevention of several diseases. However, your body is building its strength during times of rest, not during the activity. Remember to give yourself some days for recovery, sleep enough, and fuel your body properly to reap the full benefits of your exercise.

Fat in food causes fat on the body.

TRUTH: Eating fat does not necessarily cause more fat on our bodies! Fat helps to speed up your metabolism and keeps you satisfied!

Fat nourishes your brain, nerves, and every cell in the body. Fat helps our skin and hair stay healthy, and is also necessary for the absorption of some vitamins. Great sources of fat are salmon, coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, and seeds!

Lack of self-control causes a person to overeat.

TRUTH: Being nutrient deprived increases hunger and can occur even when a person is within their ideal body weight range or over their healthy weight range. Having a variety of all food groups and eating every 3-4 hours can decrease episodes of overeating

Your body may be getting enough carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, but perhaps not enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber. If this is the case, this may leave you wanting more food because you never feel satiated (or full), and thus possibly result in weight gain from overeating.

When I get to my goal weight I will be a happier person and others will respect me

TRUTH: Your weight does not determine your quality of life or worth as a person. Your MIND is the culprit to dissatisfaction. If you are desiring happiness, you must address the body, mind, and spirit!

To achieve physical and emotional wellness it is necessary to identify the root cause of why you are at an unhealthy weight, or perhaps why you are not satisfied in your ideal body weight range. Many of us overeat, binge, diet, or over exercise as a way to cope with life’s stressors and/or emotional distress. Developing healthier coping mechanisms and challenging negative thoughts about yourself can be a reality for you. Talk with one of our wellness counselors!

Cutting calories or skipping meals will help you lose weight.

TRUTH: Cutting calories is not an effective way to lose weight!

When someone restricts calories or skips meals, their body knows that it is being deprived and starts to slow down the metabolism, leading to more weight gain in the future. This can also cause the body to burn its own muscle tissue, causing the metabolism to slow down even more! Weight loss can be healthy and sustainable if someone takes an intuitive eating approach and makes lifestyle changes.

I was told these nutrition facts by someone I trust, so it must be true.

TRUTH: Nutrition myths are very common.

It is best to get your nutrition advice from a registered dietitian or a reputable website such as www.eatright.org