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Common Nutrition Myths

Jun 7, 2011

1. VITAMINS WILL ENHANCE YOUR STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE.

This is a fallacy. Vitamins supply the body no calories and cannot be used as fuel. The body excretes 70% of the vitamins that it does not need. Only people who are deficient in an area should take necessary supplements. Please consult your physician or a Registered Dietitian before increasing your intake. A daily multivitamin is generally recognized as the only vitamin most people need.

2. DIET PILLS ENHANCE METABOLISM AND CONTRIBUTE TO WEIGHT LOSS.

False. Initially one will lose weight after taking diet pills due to the lowered basal requirements of food and calories but in the long run one will usually gain more weight back. Once again, a diet pill taker usually has not learned how to control their weight through proper nutritional counseling once off the pills.

3. AN INTAKE OF REFINED SUGAR CARBOHYDRATES FROM SOURCES LIKE HONEY, SODAS, CANDY BARS AND MARSHMALLOWS WHEN FEELING LOW, WILL BOOST ENERGY LEVELS.

Unfortunately, you will probably experience the opposite. A sugar snack before a workout will deplete your performance and cause you to crash in need of good carbohydrates. Choose a complex carbohydrate instead. Some food item with ‘whole grain’ is a good energy food.

4. CAFFEINE STIMULATES THE APPETITE AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT.

The issue that caffeine acts as an appetite stimulant has never been scientifically proven. If taken properly, it can aid in raising the body temperature and, possibly contribute to body fat loss. There are risks associated with too much caffeine.

5. EXCESS PROTEIN WILL BE USED AS ENERGY IF TOO MUCH IS TAKEN IN.

True, only when carbohydrate and fat sources are depleted. The body will use protein as fuel only as last resort. Most excess protein is stored as adipose tissue (body fat). Make sure you consult your registered dietitian or health care professional on how much protein is necessary for you. If you are on a solid training routine with weights and regular cardiovascular work, your body will be most efficient at using the protein and carbs you take in.

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