I often browse Pinterest to see how I can enhance my gym and nutritional habits. I also like to read and watch documentaries about this topic, and therefore, I have acquired some knowledge about what to do and what to avoid. So I wanted to share the worst tips I read on Pinterest to have a healthy and successful fitness journey:
For a very long time, I thought eating some veggies could actually remove other calories throughout the day. The only explanation I can find is that you burn more calories by digesting them than they bring energy in, but « negative calories food » simply does not exist. This English post is very interesting and explains it, but I landed on many « zero calories food » in others languages that do not contain any explanation. Everything you put in your mouth (except water) contains calories. Therefore, low calories food do exist, when eaten in moderation only.
This tip is maily display on posts which recommands to eat cinnamon, honey and lemon first thing in the morning. However, I saw a post which recommand to “spread either lemon, cinnamon or honey on meals throughout the day”. Specific studies regarding sugar have demonstrated that eating honey is as toxic as eating plain white sugar. Eating lemon and cinnamon is perfectly fine and good for health, but honey is not (plus it becomes toxic when heated above 60 degrees Celcius). Finally, its glycemic index is very high, which promotes obesity and Type 2 diabetes. If you need to add sugar, use agave syrup, it is healthier.
This is well known on Pinterest, and a lot of people fall into this trap, especially near the summer season. This is a diet that makes you eat for example only 10 eggs for a week and starve you. First, your body will store fat from hunger, and you will not follow this diet your entire life. Therefore, after shredding these « 10 extra pounds », you will go back to your old habits (unless you plan to eat 10 eggs per week for the rest of your life) and gain even more weight. These “attractive titles” uncover stupid diets, so please do not follow them. If you really want to help yourself and lose weight, eat vegetables, proteins, and exercise.
This is the dumbest tip I came across while browsing on Pinterest. While calculating macros, you realize that pasta goes in the same classification as broccolis: CARBS. Therefore, I agree with not eating simple carbs after lunch (or breakfast, or whatever you want because it is mainly sugar), but this should not apply to complex carbs because it includes veggies. And apart from proteins and fat, if you delete carbs, what do you want to eat for dinner? Veggies are a great option, so do not deprive yourself of eating healthy carbs at dinnertime. The « no dinner after 7 pm » falls into the same category: it doesn’t matter and it will not make you lose or gain weight. It all depends on the calories in vs out equation.
I know a lot of people swear by that and live this way. This is totally fine and “listen to your body” should come first. However, I would recommend eating more, such as 4 or 5 smalls meals per day. I try to not eat more than 300 calories per meal, but I split it throughout the day for 2 reasons: first, it boosts metabolism. Second, if I do not eat my post-workout snack, I feel dizzy and if I do not eat my afternoon snack, I feel weak.
Do you have any stupid – yet funny – advice you read or saw somewhere?
If so, please share them below!