There are many tips and rules about food and fitness when it comes to losing weight, and it can often be difficult to distinguish between right and wrong ones.
London-based personal trainer and lifestyle advisor Luke Worthington spoke to British Express about some common myths about losing weight, including the idea that eating at night makes you gain weight.
Worthington has worked with elite athletes and professional models. Among his clients is German professional football player Mesut Ozil.
“There are many myths because it is a completely unregulated industry, so anyone with a smartphone can set themselves up as a fitness influencer or online coach,” said Locke.
However, one of the main myths that Locke noticed is that eating late at night increases your weight.
“It’s not true,” Locke explained simply, saying, “Eating more calories than you spend on a consistent basis makes you gain weight. The time of day doesn’t matter.”
“If restricting the time window in which you eat helps as a tactic to manage overconsumption, then it can be a useful tool. But it is important to understand that it simply helps in managing energy consumption,” he added.
Locke emphasized that eating late does not make a difference at all in one’s weight. “Nothing magical happens on your dinner plate after 8 pm,” he joked.
The personal trainer noted that losing weight is simply “a function of consuming fewer calories from energy than we spend over a fixed period of time.”
So, according to Locke, it doesn’t matter when you eat, as long as you are alert to what you eat, “and the most effective way to control body weight is through diet and increased activity.”
Walking is one of the most common activities that can be done easily, even during the days and breaks of high-intensity activity.
Regarding food, Locke provided advice on how to eat balanced meals, saying: “A good guide to a balanced meal is to use your hand to measure portion sizes. That is, a portion of protein is the size of a palm, a portion the size of a fist of vegetables, a hand-sized portion of carbohydrates, and a portion Thumb size of fat. “