A few food myths to consume with your fitness myths:
- You can eat what you want after a workout. Despite what your elliptical readout says, most people burn between 200 and 400 calories in an hour of exercise. Working out does not give you license to overeat.
- You need a sports energy drink to get through your workout. Unless you are working out for well over an hour at very high intensities, water is the ideal drink. Most sports drinks will give you extra calories along with the electrolytes that you do not need during the average one hour exercise session.
- Eating carbohydrates makes you fat. Eating the wrong type of carbs (white bread, French fries, and most processed foods) can certainly lead to weight gain. However, unprocessed whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans are loaded with vitamins, fiber and other nutrients that nourish you while preventing you from feeling hungry.
- Eating eggs will raise your cholesterol: The egg yolk does contain a concentrated mount of cholesterol. However, studies have shown that eating eggs in moderation does not raise cholesterol levels. Eggs are actually a great source of protein and other nutrients.