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Common nutrition myths that need to be forgotten forever

Shannon Clark has a Degree in Exercise Science and is a certified AFLCA personal trainer. She has been writing and helping others in the fitness industry for the last 9 years.

Whatever you do, don't fall prey to these nutrition myths

When it comes to sustaining proper health, you must consider good nutrition habits. Most people know this, and as a result spend some time every so often reading up on the latest nutritional tips, tricks and trends.

But sadly, in the process, they also fall prey to some of the biggest nutritional myths out there. Fall for these myths and it could throw your entire diet plan completely off track.

Let's walk through the main nutrition myths, so that you can put them behind you.

1. Low fat is always better

If you think that eating low fat will lead to faster weight loss or that eating low fat means better heart health, it's time that you rethink this diet strategy.

If you don't have sufficient dietary fat in your nutrition plan, your body will not be able to absorb certain nutrients from the foods that you do eat. Fat-soluble vitamins require fat to be present for proper absorption. Furthermore, dietary fat also helps to keep hunger at bay, making it easier to maintain your target calorie intake.

2. Eating before bed will lead to weight gain

Another myth to come to terms with is the myth that eating before bed will lead to weight gain. Again, this isn't the case. As long as whatever you eat before bed is worked into your total daily calorie target, it's unlikely it will lead to body fat gain. Of course this doesn't mean that you should starve all day so that you can feast on ice cream, pizza and potato chips before turning in.

Balance is key. Always choose healthy foods because regardless of calories, they are still what's best for your body.

3. Low-carb diets are the way to go

Low-carb diets are not always the superior method to lose body fat. While reducing the processed carbohydrates you eat is certainly essential for success, there are many healthy carbohydrate-rich foods that you should be eating. There are even a few high-carb foods that assist in burning fat!

Fruits and vegetables, for instance, pack a wealth of nutrition that the body simply should never be without. If a particular diet is making you restrict these from your plan, think very hard about going forward with that diet. While fruits you may want to keep under control as they do contain more sugar, vegetables should never be restricted.

4. Egg yolks should be avoided

Finally, the last myth that you need to know about is the myth that egg yolks are to be avoided. Egg yolks are often thought to contain far too much cholesterol, so should be avoided for health's sake.

This is not the truth, however. One egg yolk per day, assuming you have otherwise good heart health, won't put you at risk. Egg yolks actually contain a good level of nutrients, most of the nutrients that are found in the egg whites, in fact. If you toss them every time in favor of just egg whites, you're losing out on those important nutrients your body needs.

What nutrition myths do you find most common?

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