Diet Myths Debunked!
Think there’s a great secret to losing weight? Fat chance. As obvious as it sounds, our obesity epidemic is due to one factor- we’re eating too much. The next few Weiss Wednesday’s are going to debunk three popular diet myths, and set the record straight!
Diet Myth #1: Eating After 7pm makes You Gain Weight
This myth was derived from the idea that your metabolism slows to a halt while you sleep. So the later you eat, the less time your body has to burn those calories.
This makes sense, until you realize that our bodies don’t work like light switches, turning on when we’re awake and off while we sleep. While your metabolism slows down when you go to sleep, it doesn’t go away. I have a lot of clients who are starving because they stop eating after 7pm, when there has never been any scientific evidence that suggests that this is something that should be avoided! Take Italy as an example, where they eat dinner at 9 or 10 p.m. They don’t have the obesity problem we have here.
Instead of watching when we eat, we should be watching what we eat -and how much. A dinner of fish and steamed veggies consumed at 10 p.m. is far better for weight loss than a bagel with light cream cheese consumed in front of the “Today” show.
Also, consider how many calories you’ve consumed already in that day before heading to the pantry. If you’re eating because you’re hungry, or you’ve saved calories for an evening snack purposely, that’s one thing. But if you’re just bored, maybe it’s time to head off to bed.