Part 1: Busting dietary myths

I’ve been confronted by so many people that are all about health and fitness, but don’t know that the things they believe about dieting are outdated.

Although I myself am not a Registered Dietitian, I have done about half of a Dietetics Degree. I advocate for going to Dietitians if you are struggling with losing weight and suffering from any autoimmune condition or Diabetes etc, in conjunction with a Health Coach to help you deal with some mental aspects keeping you from reaching dietary goals. I also believe that a multi-disciplinary approach is crucial in reaching your health goals. There are many professionals out there that are trained to help you. So use them.

Myth 1: Eating Carbohydrates are bad

The most common myth that people believe, mostly because of a lack of education on diets and listening to some very widely spread fads. Is that carbohydrates are bad for you.

Carbohydrates are classified into simple and complex carbs. Simple carbs, are very processed and usually fall into the category of yes, you guessed it, unhealthy. Shocker alert! The complex ones, are very nutritionally beneficial. Foods with complex carbs like whole-wheat bread, beans, and fruit, have lots of nutrients that are good for you.

So good news is, you can keep wholewheat in your diet in moderation and cut those simple carbs, containing sugars, processed flours etc. The whole-grains are there to keep our stomachs fuller for longer, while also getting in enough fibre.

Myth 2: Eating fruits is bad for you because it contains sugar

Sure thing fruits contain sugar, so maybe ingesting a hundred apples a day is a no go, but there are so many fruits, that although initially don’t appear as sweet is amazing for your health. Not to mention they are packed with vitamins and even antioxidants. Oh man, you are definitely missing out if you don’t eat at least 5-7 per day. This may seem like a lot, but in actual fact a serving size of berries is like half a cup, so you’ll hardly over eat then.

Myth 3: Dieting makes you lose weight

Aahhhhhh… Wrong. Dieting does not always make you lose weight, but you know what does? Eating right for your own body. Have you looked around recently? None of us look the same do we?

Shocker alert! You are uniquely made with your own genetic makeup, and your own metabolism, formed during all the years of your life. Therefore individualised diets based on your blood work and allergies etc can only be done by, you guessed it, Dietitians! I have never claimed to give full Meal plans, because A, I’m not a Registered Dietitian and B, I would technically be giving you a diet that may work for 0,05% of the worlds population. These Dietitians are trained to help you. Once again. What I am saying in this post will not make me popular amongst, well, most people, but I’m here to lay down some hardcore facts.

If you want a quick fix and a quicker weight gain then sure. Follow the dude on instagram that doesn’t generally know anything about Nutrition, but claims to. Do your research, see whether your source is credible. I’m not saying you have to have a University Degree to be trusted. There are people who base their knowledge on accurate Scientific as well as knowledge about the human body. Those people I can respect yes, but be sure to trust the people who have researched for years and years and have gone through trial and error. Results, are important yes, but the real result is not the physical/aesthetic one. The real result is asking the individual whether they have more energy during the day. Whether they are in actual fact living a healthy sustainable life, that leaves them feeling great on the inside as well on the outside.

Are these people really healthy now, or did they just lose weight for a weight-loss challenge and picked it right back up again🤷🏼‍♀️

I want to tell regular folks, that it’s ok to eat a balance of carbs, fats and proteins, as long as you don’t overdo any of them. Just like anything in life. Figure out, hopefully with the help of a Nutritionist or Dietitian what will be the best for your body.

Many people may not know this, but your body has the natural ability to use and expend energy. To expend this energy, the primary source of fuel a.k.a Carbohydrates ( once again) are needed. Not only do you use this if you walk, run, jog or bike. Your brain uses it to carry out basic functions.

This is only the beginning so stay tuned for more busting of Myths👍🏻

Xoxo Dan the Wooman

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