Home / Nutrition / Diet Myths

Diet Myths

5 Diet Myths to help you get to your goals quicker

It seems like there is always some “new and improved” diet coming out every week.  Whether it’s on TV, in the latest book, or being talked about at work … “so and so lost weight, doing this diet or that”.

How do you know what works and what doesn’t?  Well, I have to say, every diet works … for a little while.  It’s really just a matter of how far off of a regular eating regime you want to go.  Are you having to eliminate entire food groups?  Are you weighing EVERYTHING you eat?  Do you have a shock button going off every time you touch a cookie?

I’m kidding about the last one … Or am I???

Here are 5 popular diet myths.

1.Negative Calorie foods

You might have heard of negative calorie foods … usually they are high fibre and high water content foods, like celery or watermelon.  The idea of a negative calorie food is that you burn more calories eating and digesting it, than it actually has.  Most of the fibre in these negative calorie foods isn’t even digestible by humans anyway.  So, long story short, there are NO negative calorie foods.  Your body will either not use the food and will get rid of it, or it will use whatever it needs and then get rid of the rest and if the calorie is not used or saved, it is not counted.

2. Skipping meals to lose weight

Skipping meals is not a very smart thing to do.  Not eating to save calories isn’t going to be good in the long run.  Your body needs energy, so feed it when its hungry.  Don’t snack all day, but eat a good meal when it’s time.  Crash dieting will teach your body that there will be times where there’s no food for a long period of time.  So, your body will start saving calories to try and keep your energy up.  Your body doesn’t know that you can eat at any time, and that you’re just choosing not to.

It takes about three days for your body to go into starvation mode, but you’ll still mess with your metabolism if your calorie count per day is continuously low.

When your body does go into starvation mode, you save everything you take in.  Again, your body doesn’t know about the false food shortage.  When you take in low (below 1000 calories) your metabolism will slow down to accommodate that.  Then, when you start eating the regular amount of food again, your body thinks you are overeating and the result is weight gain.

3. Don’t eat fat

You need fat to help with all of the fat soluble vitamins you take in.  Fat is good for regenerating your cells, and not all saturated fat is bad for you.  Coconut has saturated fat.  Even fat that’s in animal products isn’t necessarily bad for you.  Just watch the 9 calories per gram.

Unsaturated fat from avocado, seafood and olive oil can help with lowering cholesterol.  The fats that are in cakes, cookies and processed foods are the one you want to stay away from.

4. Is there a magic pill?  NO!

Sorry, did I just cause some depression symptoms?  Sucks, but it’s true.  No pill will give you the benefits of a good exercise program and a healthy diet.  There are so many side effects form fat loss pills that aren’t worth the risk.  After calculating it down, you’re only burning about 30-50 calories extra per day by taking fat loss pills.

No pill or powder will increase the  size of your muscle or burn off the fat to look like the models on TV.  Good ‘ole hard work and real food is the REAL magic pill.  It’s just not in pill form.

5. Drink water to burn fat.

Um, no!

Water, for one, has no calories, or metabolic cost.  So how can someone think they’ll burn calories by drinking water.

Well, here’s where I get to mess things up for you, again.  Changing ice cold water to body temp is the main calorie burn for the body.  Your body will increase the temp of the water before digestion. So one glass of ice water will burn a whopping 1 – 8 calories per cup of water.  Doesn’t really seem worth it now does it?  Water is great for many reasons, so don’t stop drinking it.  Just don’t make it one of your magic weight loss methods.

You can however replace pop with water.  This will save you about 150 calories and a bugger load of sugar (10 teaspoons to be exact).

Ok, so here are a couple of bonus myths for ya

6. No pain, no gain

Pain is an indicator that something is wrong.  You should not be in pain from your workouts.  You might feel pain the first time you change something, or start an exercise regime.  But, feeling pain every time is NOT what I would recommend.

I think you should feel something.  I call this mild discomfort.  If you don’t feel anything until you try and stand up, or get up from a lying position, that’s fine.  Sure it’s funny to poke a friend in the chest if their chest is sore, (speaking from experience).  But any pain you feel is damage to the muscle.  So, the more pain, the more damage.  Take it easy for a bit while you still feel the extra pain.  But do keep moving.  Blood flow to the “injured” muscle is a good thing.

7. Don’t eat past 7 PM

Or 8, or 9 or whatever.  What happens if you work from 10am-7pm.  How does that change that rule?  If you need the calories, eat.  If you’re super busy during the day and miss lunch (for whatever reason) and eat dinner at 6:00, you might need a healthy snack just before bed.  As long as you eat sensibly, go for it.    When you eat more than you need, that’s when you gain weight.


If you have any questions on the myths you’ve just read, or have some of your own, please send them my way.

I’ll be able to use them in my next workshop and BLOG post.  Speaking of my next workshop… I’ll be finalizing a date and time for it soon.  It will be about two hours long, with a speaking section first, then an exercise technique after portion after.  You’ll learn how and why exercises are done a certain way for maximum results.

If you have any topics of concern, or you’re just plan curious about something, please send me an e-mail.  If I use your question as part of a topic during the workshop, your name will be in a draw for a copy of the second edition of my book.  8D