- You must work out to lose weight. No, working out is not mandatory, although exercise helps prevent a host of health problems regardless of whether it helps a person shed weight. “Weight loss is a simple matter of calories in versus calories out.”
- Eating after 6pm causes you to gain weight. There is no evidence to prove this statement. What is true is that eating a large meal at night will cause you to gain weight, since it means you ate improperly during the day.
- As you get older, your metabolism slows. The real culprit here is loss of muscle, not age. Muscle determines our metabolic rate. To maintain muscle, continue to perform regular strength training and eat nutritious food.
- Carbs make you fat. That may be due to so many comfort foods also being high in calories. However, a study by the Institute of Medicine indicates that cutting carbohydrates lower than 130 grams per day will negatively affect your brain function.
- Drinking water will help weight loss. Not true, although drinking water instead of sugary drinks and so-called energy replacement drinks high in sugar and fat reduces your caloric intake. In that sense, water will help with weight loss.
- Eat small frequent meals during the day to boost your metabolism. Another myth. The concept is sound - eat meals that are portion controlled. However, the reasoning is wrong. Frequent meals do not increase one’s metabolism, but rather the numerous meals stave off hunger cravings that make for impulse eating. That according to Keri Gans, and The Small Change Diet.
Maintaining a healthy weight is essential in law enforcement. Our job demands that we be able to perform at maximum efficiency at any given moment. Weight is more a function of our ability to do the things we need to do to keep us safe, rather than an arbitrary number. Cops come in all sizes. Some thin-looking ones may be stronger than larger colleagues, and vice versa. Regardless, maintaining a weight that allows you to function efficiently at every aspect of your job may just save your life.
Stay Safe, Brothers and Sisters!