Nutrition Tip: Common Diet Myths

Myth #1: Carbs are bad for you/make you fat

  • Whether you’re an 18-year-old male or a 50-year-old woman, you need carbs. Cutting carbs from your diet will leave you lacking energy, vital nutrients, and potential health risks.
  • Low Carb Diets may cause weight loss initially but not fat loss. Without carbs, your body uses protein for energy meaning your muscles get smaller and you burn less calories overall.

Myth #2: Eating small, frequent meals boosts your metabolism

  • While we do recommend this, it is not because your metabolism turns into a calorie furnace. It is because it helps maintain steady energy levels and keeps nutrients high during rest so your body can repair and grow from your training.

Myth #3: To lose weight or gain weight you need to cut calories drastically or eat everything in sight.

  • Cutting drastically causes weight loss in the form of muscle and fat. Eating everything only gets you fat. We recommend about a 250 calorie deficit or surplus to start and adjust from there. To do so, find your Basal Metabolic Rate (online or on your inbody sheet) add about 300-800 calories depending on your activity level (be honest with yourself) and go from there.

Myth #4: Taking supplements will solve your problems

  • There is no magic pill in a bottle. Fat loss or weight gainer supplements won’t fix anything if they don’t SUPPLEMENT a solid nutrition plan. Focus on eating right first, then consider supplements for extra help