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Exposing weight loss myths

We’ve heard them all before. However, we still ask ourselves is there any truth to the current myths around losing weight? Does eating late at night make you fat? Are you allowed to eat sweet things when dieting? The Nestlé Nutrition Studio will explain everything.

Putting an end to the weight loss myths

Does eating in the evening make you fat?

Eating excessively in the evening can leave you feeling full and make it harder to get to sleep. But does it make you fat? No, as it is the quantity not the time that makes the difference. This therefore means that, if you are keeping an eye on your total calorie intake during the day, the timings of your meals will not affect your weight. Learn more in our energy requirement calculator.

Do ALL “light??? products help with weight loss?

No. In addition to a reduction in calories, fat or sugar, “light??? can also refer to a reduction in other ingredients, such as caffeine or alcohol in drinks. Moreover, the expression “light??? often incorrectly gives the impression that you can eat bigger portions and still stay slim. Do you want to save calories in a targeted way? Then take a look at our calorie saving calculator.

Do you lose weight in the sauna?

The answer is “yes???, but the weight loss is not long-lasting. The scales may show a weight loss of a few pounds after a long session in the sauna, but this is primarily the result of the loss of water through sweating. Body fat is not reduced by going to the sauna. Always remember to drink enough fluid after a session in the sauna – over the course of the day, you should drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres. If you want to achieve long-term weight loss, our Nutrition Coach is the right partner to help. Putting an end to the weight loss myths

Does fat always make you fat?

Not necessarily. The key factor in relation to weight is ultimately the quantity of calories consumed over the course of the day. However, it is correct that fat provides more than twice as many calories per gram than carbohydrate and protein. You can therefore consume high levels of calories very quickly by eating high-fat foods. Fat is nevertheless important for the body: we should get 30% of our daily calorie intake from fat. Further information can be found in our Oils & Fats brochure.

Do carbohydrates increase weight gain?

No. Carbohydrates only provide half the amount of energy as fat. Weight gain depends on your total daily calorie intake. Another positive effect of carbohydrates is that they make you feel full. Wholegrain products are high in fibre and therefore leave you feeling full for longer. The nutritional pyramid shows how much carbohydrate you can eat a day.

Are you allowed to eat sweet things when dieting?

Those of you with a sweet tooth can breathe easy: even if you are trying to lose weight, you are allowed to enjoy a little sweet treat, such as a few pieces of dark chocolate, every now and then. Particularly when losing weight, self-imposed bans tend to be counterproductive, as they make sweet things even more desirable. Further information about snacking in moderation can be found in our Confectionery & Snacks brochure. Putting an end to the weight loss myths

Does sleep deprivation make you fat?

A good question, and one that has already been researched at some length. Scientists agree that there is a link between sleep deprivation and weight gain. They work on the basis that the average ideal amount of sleep is between seven and eight hours a night. People who sleep less than this over a prolonged period of time can run the risk of gaining weight. Sleep is also important for your general wellbeing. As well as getting enough sleep, also make sure that you have a balanced and varied diet and get enough exercise.

Can you eat as much as you like if you do enough exercise?

In theory “yes???, but in reality “unfortunately not???. If you take in more calories than you can burn off, then you will steadily gain weight. You therefore can’t eat all your favourite foods at once. You would have to spend almost the entire day exercising in order to burn off the calorie content again. Let’s look at an example: to burn off the calorie content of a mozzarella pizza, a woman weighing 60 kg would have to cycle for about 75 minutes or jog for 60 minutes. Our calorie consumption calculator will tell you how many calories you burn doing specific types of exercise.