As a nutritionist, I used to mainly help people who want to change how their body looked.
More muscle. Less fat. More ‘toned’. And so on.
When doing this I was always coming across one really common myth…
And that’s that you shouldn’t eat carbs in the evening because it can make you fat.
However, any studies into this have shown that to be a complete and utter myth.
It’s strange because a lot of ‘food myths’ that seem to circulate actually make eating LESS enjoyable.
It’s like people are convinced they have to suffer if they are going to be healthy.
If you are anything like me, the evening is when I most want my carbs. A nice evening meal, with maybe a snack afterwards (which, if I’m honest, has often been a Magnum Double Caramel lately, or a coconut and passion fruit ice cream I’ve recently discovered!).
It’s just as well it’s a complete myth I guess, and in fact, for some people it can actually be beneficial to eat more of your carbs later in the day (especially for your energy levels as well as for your sleep).
Another example of a food myth more applicable to people concerned about their health is eating fats.
I think these days people are much more aware that fats aren’t necessarily bad for you but at the same time, very few people appear to be eating either enough fats, or the right type of fats.
The fact is most of the right fats taste AMAZING and improve your meals.
I wouldn’t want to miss out on eating incredible tasting foods such as red meat, coconut oil, avocado, oily fish, extra virgin olive oil and dark chocolate.
In fact, it’s actually the fat FREE foods that you need to be careful of because they get pumped full of sugar in an effort to make them taste nice (which wouldn’t be needed if they hadn’t taken the fat out in the first place!).
Fats are essential for our health. Low fat diets can lead to a number of problems including:
- low testosterone
- low energy
- skin problems
- and depression.
They also tend to be much kinder on our digestive system than many other foods, and wont feed some of the harmful pathogens (parasites, bacteria, yeast) that many people are living with in the same way that some carbs can.
Fats play a vital role in the production of our hormones (and so will impact our body shape, our energy and our libido).
Testosterone, for example, is hugely reliant on fat consumption.
Even inflammation (a critical aspect for any health condition) is impacted by our fat consumption (especially when we eat good fats in place of certain types of carbs).
Finally, a diet that contains plenty of healthy fats will help to improve brain health and, therefore, give you improved focus and mental clarity, and even improved positivity and outlook.
This is one reason why people will often have mood problems when on a low-fat diet.
The bottom line is that fats are a very important part of your diet, and in general most people aren’t eating enough of them if they want to feel (and look) as good as they possibly can.
It’s generally agreed that the most important type of fat for overall health is Omega 3 which is found in oily fish. Because of its impact on heart and brain health (amongst other things), its generally recommended that you supplement with a high-quality fish oil on a daily basis if you aren’t getting several servings of oily fish (wild salmon, mackerel, sardines in your diet each week.
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