With many diets and supposed nutrition guidance and information out there, it’s challenging to know what to believe and what is entirely untrue. Misconceptions regarding dieting can be extremely dangerous and damaging, harming people’s relationships with food because of the wrong information being spread.

You Can’t Eat After 7 pm 

Many people believe you should never eat after 7 pm, as it can cause many health implications and cause you to gain weight. Although studies in mice suggest this to be true, current research shows that humans don’t break down or process calories any differently at 7 am as they do at 7 pm. There is also no substantial evidence to support the notion that eating at night or after 7 pm is ‘bad for your health.’

Avoid ‘Bad Foods’ 

When people are on a diet or are focused on eating healthy, you will often find people saying, ‘I can’t eat that it’s bad for me.’ However, many nutritionists and personal trainers don’t agree with this mentality. They believe there is no such thing as ‘bad’ foods and that everything should be eaten in moderation.

Some foods hold much more nutritional value compared to other foods. Still, you should never think of foods as being ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as this will cause you to have an unhealthy relationship with food and is usually where feelings of guilt in diets stem from. If you try to avoid these so-called ‘bad’ foods, then you are much more likely to binge, so it’s always recommended that you have foods that are less healthy or more calorie-dense in moderation or as a treat.

Carbs Make You Fat

Implementing carbs to your diet will not cause you to gain weight; in fact, they are the main body’s source of energy and fuel, so are an important macronutrient you should be consuming. What can be an issue with carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain, is eating high amounts of the wrong carbohydrates such as refined carbs and processed foods. Like with any high-calorie food, if you overeat these, you will gain weight, but carbs, in general, will not ‘make you fat.’