Calories are calories, whether they come from apples or chocolate fudge. Every time you eat, you take in calories. All foods, except water, have some. Your body is a machine that uses food calories as fuel. All these facts are true. But, still myths about calories abound. Let’s debunk a few.
Sugar and fast food do not make you fat.
There is no specific food that causes weight gain. The only thing that makes you fat is eating too many calories. If you eat too much sugar and too many fast foods, you will gain weight. If you eat both in moderation you won’t. People who eat a lot of sugar or fast food also frequently eat larger portions, eat more often, and eat fewer good-for-you foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Smoking is not an effective weight loss strategy.
As a matter of fact, research has shown that smoking encourages the accumulation of belly fat. Smokers, even lean ones, have thicker waists than nonsmokers.
Skipping meals does not help you cut calories.
People who eat many small amounts during the day are slimmer than those who eat few larger meals. Regular breakfast skippers are 450% more likely to be overweight. Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full is a simple rule that is difficult to follow. But those who do usually eat fewer calories than people who sit down to a big lunch or dinner simply because the clock says it’s time to eat.
Nighttime calories are no more fattening than daytime calories.
Time of day doesn’t matter, it’s the calorie that count. You can eat all the calories you need for an entire day between midnight and 6 A.M, if you wish. As long as you don’t eat any more during the rest of the day, you won’t gain weight. The warning against late night eating does have value if the calories eaten watching TV or coping with stress are on top of the calories you’ve already eaten during the day.
Continued in Part 2…
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