Nutrition Myths That Are Sometimes True

Looking behind myths to find the truth.

Ahhh, nutritions myths, one of my favourite topics! The constant desire of people looking for a quick fix, biohack, or magic pill meets bad science, lacking evidence and superstition, giving birth to a never ending onslaught of diet myths. But occasionally there is something to be learnt from even the ugliest nutrition offspring. Let’s take a look!

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Diet Breaks

Clarifications, possible benefits and drawbacks.

Cheat days, refeeds, diet breaks and similar strategies are quite popular within the fitness crowd. It seems counterintuitive to deliberately break your diet by overconsuming more calories. We want progress fast and not waste any time, right? So let’s take a closer look and see what’s behind those concepts and if they are a viable tool for weight loss.

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The Non-Weightloss Approach

The traditional dieting approach freaks some people out. They want to do something about their health, but counting calories, weighing food, having a training plan and taking progress pictures is just too much for them. As much as I think this approach leads to optimal results, there should be a way to help everybody. An approach that doesn’t focus on weight on the scale, but on improving healthy habits is appropriate for those clients. How could this look like? Well, let’s take a look!

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Eat Your Fish

Health benefits, risks and cooking methods.

Austria is a country where eating fish isn’t very popular and I know many people who categorically avoid fish. “No, I don’t eat that! It smells strange.” This makes me sad, as I love fish and I really have a hard time understanding people who don’t. It tastes great, is easy to prepare and it’s incredibly nutritious. Let me explain why.

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The Problem Of Ultra-Processed Foods

An ode to unprocessed foods.

There are so many different diets out there, all of them claiming to be the single best solution. This lead to significant public confusion about nutrition because some of the diets suggest principles that are contrary to each other. What do you have to follow? What to believe? But there is one thing all successful diets implement directly or indirectly and that is avoiding ultra-processed food. And now we have scientific support for this principle! Continue reading “The Problem Of Ultra-Processed Foods”

The Detox Myth

Please god, make it stop.

“Detox”… every time I hear this word my scientific soul dies a little bit. Because I can not believe that in the year of 2019 we still follow such hocus-pocus. Well, there are people out there telling you that vaccins cause autism or the earth is flat or whatever esoteric crap is the newest sh*t.  Ok, sorry for the rant but it drives me crazy when other people use other people’s lack of knowledge as in the case of all this “cleanse” and “detoxes” popping up every year either during Lent season or as summer is approaching. They promise you to clear the body from harmful “toxins”, that prevent you from losing fat or making you feel sleepy or whatsoever. Usually, a restrictive diet in liquid form (juices anyone?) and/or an expensive supplement is prescribed, promising loss of weight and other miracles.  Is there any truth behind this stuff?

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Protein: Myths and Reality

Whenever I get a new client and they are a few days “in”, eating a healthy diet and experiencing what it feels like having a significant dose of protein with every meal, sooner or later I will get this question: “But isn’t eating so much protein bad?” I’m not sure where this fear stems from, but I blame the crappy fitness and health industry. No, it isn’t bad for you, quite the opposite is the case, it is healthy! Let me explain why. Continue reading “Protein: Myths and Reality”