Published at Thursday, July 11th 2019, 11:57:22 AM. Health News. By St1ffM.
If you feel like everyone’s a nutrition expert lately, you’re not alone. The sheer amount of diet tips and random nutrition advice online can be overwhelming and confusing, especially because a lot of the time it actually seems to make sense or come with enough anecdotal evidence and testimonials that it starts to feel pretty damn persuasive. The truth is that a lot of this advice is from people who, while eminently qualified to make choices for their own lives and bodies, may (OK, probably) are not qualified to be giving health advice to other people. I know, it’s really frustrating.
Nutrition and weight loss claims are especially ubiquitous, but the good news is that if you know what to look for, you can disregard wide swaths of advice, rather than having to dig deep into the minutiae of every single thing you come across.
I’m here to debunk the biggies for you, so you can never wonder about or fall for them again.
1. This food/supplement/product boosts your metabolism.
I want to get this out of the way first, because it’s the one I see most often. Nothing you consume will boost your metabolism in a substantive way and nothing you consume will burn fat or calories. The only way to burn fat is to burn calories and the only way to do this is a) by living and breathing (most of the calories we burn in a day come from the energy our bodies put into keeping us alive and all our systems working and this is called our basal metabolic rate, b) digesting food, and c) exercise and movement. Ignore diet tips that tell you otherwise.So-called fat-burning foods (like caffeine and chili peppers) or other products may speed your metabolism a little bit (like, a TINY bit), but they won’t speed it up enough to have meaningful effect on an effort to lose weight or fat. Take chili peppers, which contain a compound called capsaicin. The idea is that the heat from this ingredient spikes your adrenaline, causing your body to crank up the calorie burn.