Debunking Diet Misconceptions with @confessionofadietitian

In case you missed it, we spent the other breaking down diet myths with Melissa Rifkin aka @confessionofadietition. We shared a delicious meal from Dig Inn at the Assemblage John Street, sipped on mood-boosting drinks at the Elixir Bar, and tried a bunch of new snacks from our favorite brands, like Kodiak Cakes. Melissa answered so many of our diet questions about everything from keto to carbs. Here are some diet myths she kicked to the curb.

Carbs are bad for you.

Melissa doesn’t like to think about good and bad food—it’s more about how the food serves your body. White foods don’t really serve us well, whole grains do so much more for your body!

You must exercise for weight loss.

Melissa says you don’t! Diet contributes to 80% of weight loss, while exercise contributes to 20%. Exercise is a nice complement to healthy eating.

Gluten free. Is it healthier?

It’s not better unless you have Celiac, IBS, etc. Gluten free products tend to be higher in carbs and sugar.

Are fat-free products good for you?

No! You should eat fat. If something has fat in in you’re more likely to take less and it’s more satiating. It tastes a lot better, too. Like everything, Melissa advises eating it in moderation.

Cleanses are great for weight loss.

Your body does an amazing job at detoxing. The problem with cleanses is that you take in a lot less calories, and more sugar. Then, you get to the end of the cleanse and eat everything in sight! You might lose weight, but it’s going to be water weight.

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