MYTH: EATING LESS ON WEEKDAYS MEANS YOU CAN INDULGE AT THE WEEKEND
WE SAY It depends – on the 5:2 diet, where you restrict your intake for two days and eat normally for the rest of the week, you’ll lose some weight. However, eating less in the week in order to binge at the weekend isn’t healthy. Instead, go for a healthier lifestyle.
MYTH: FRUIT IS HEALTHY SO WE CAN EAT UNLIMITED AMOUNTS
WE SAY Fruit has benefits but it should also be seen as nature’s candy. It’s high in fructose, which the body doesn’t know what to do with, so it stores it as fat in the liver. berries are the lowest fructose fruit, so they’re the best choice.
MYTH: LIFTING WEIGHTS WILL MAKE YOU BULKY
WE SAY Women as a rule don’t produce enough testosterone to build lots of muscle. lifting weights is great for women – it creates a strong body, helps prevent osteoporosis and builds a toned physique.
MYTH: EATING AFTER 6PM CAN CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN
WE SAY It’s not when you eat but what you eat that can really help towards weight loss. If you’re trying to go down a dress size or two, cut out processed foods, lower your intake of carbohydrates – especially refined carbohydrates – and sugars, and eat a diet of real food rich in good-quality protein and healthy fats.
MYTH: RUNNING WRECKS YOUR JOINTS
WE SAY that’s not true; instead, increase your distance gradually and complement your running with resistance work to support muscle and joints, which will be less susceptible to injury.
MYTH: HONEY AND MAPLE SYRUP ARE NATURAL SUGARS SO THEY WON’T HAVE AN IMPACT ON YOUR WAISTLINE
WE SAY your body doesn’t differentiate between honey, maple syrup, white sugar, coconut sugar or dates – it all gets converted and broken down in exactly the same way. In a nutshell, the more sugar – natural or not – we eat, the fatter and hungrier we will get. this is because sugar switches off our leptin response – the hormone that decreases your appetite – so we never get full. >>