Nutrition Myths and Fallacies
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. Some vitamins can be toxic.
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 has not yet learned how to control their weight through proper nutritional counseling once off the pills.
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.
CAFFEINE STIMULATES THE APPETITE AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT
The issue that caffeine act 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.
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 healthcare professional on how much protein is necessary for you or refer to our POST: PROTEIN: ARE WE EATING ENOUGH?