Here are my TOP 5 contenders for the worst diet advice in history.

I've put together my top 5 terrible peices of nutrition advice that i've heard and seen floating around

1. Throw Away the Egg Yolks,

"How can he be bad for you?"

Yolks are the Most Nutritious Part of the Egg and Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet.

Because egg yolks are high in cholesterol, people believed that they would raise cholesterol in the blood. For this reason, mainstream nutrition professionals often recommend that we limit our egg consumption to 2-6 whole eggs per week. Or if you're going to have more then throw away the yolks.

This is pretty much the worst thing you could do, because the yolks contain almost all the nutrients. The whites are mostly just protein.

Many studies have looked at whole egg consumption and blood cholesterol… in 70% of people, eggs have no effect on cholesterol levels.

In the other 30% (termed hyper-responders), egg yolks raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and turn the LDL particles into the large, fluffy kind… which are not harmful. And look a bit like clouds :)

In fact, many studies, some of which included hundreds of thousands of people, have looked at whole egg consumption and the risk of heart disease in healthy people and found no association between the two.

Additionally, let’s not forget that eggs have many amazing benefits.

They're loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants… almost every nutrient your body needs

Eggs are also among the most weight loss friendly foods you can eat. Replacing a grain-based breakfast with eggs can increase fullness and make you eat less, helping you lose weight.

To top it all off, eggs are cheap, easily prepared and taste amazing.

2. Everyone Should Eat a Low-Fat, High-Carb Diet

No it's fine there's no fat in it

This has been the official position of the governments and mainstream health organizations around the world for decades. At the same time, rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes have skyrocketed.

If you look at the label of any “Low-Fat” option you'll see a list as long as your arm of dangerous chemicals and god knows what else used to remove the fat.

The truth is the low-fat diet is a miserable failure. Almost every time it is pitted against another type of diet in a study, it loses.

Although low-fat diets may be okay for some healthy people, they are a complete disaster for people with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

It is time to retire this ridiculous low-fat fad and try to reverse all the terrible damage it has done over the decades.

3. A Calorie is a Calorie… Food Quality is Less Important

I can an eat 1200 cals of this a day instead of real food can't I?

The excessive focus on calories is one of the biggest mistakes in the history of nutrition.

It is the myth that it is the caloric value of foods that matters most, not the foods that the calories are coming from. The truth is calories are important, but that doesn't mean we need to count them or even be consciously aware of them.

It’s important to realize that different foods have different effects on the hormones and brain centres that control what, when and how much we eat… as well as the number of calories we burn.

Here are two examples of why a calorie is NOT a calorie:

Protein: Eating a high protein diet can boost metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and significantly reduce appetite and cravings.

Protein calories have a different effect than carb or fat calories.

Satiety: Many studies show that different foods have varying effects on feelings of fullness. You need much fewer calories to feel full from eggs or boiled potatoes, compared to donuts or ice cream.

Here’s a little test: Try eating 3 Oreos (nearly 150 calories) then 3 apples (150-ish calories) which made you feel fuller?  What did you feel like afterwards?

The myth that calories are all that matters for weight (and health) is completely wrong.

4. Replace Natural Butter With Processed, Trans Fat Laden Margarine

Toasted Bread With Margarine

MMMM fat-like stuff

Seriously?!!… just look at the ingredients list for margarine.

This stuff isn't food; it’s a combination of chemicals that looks and tastes like food. It’s even worse than the amount of crap in “Low-fat” food. Margarine, not surprisingly, increases heart disease risk compared to butter.

5. Watch what you eat during the week, but take the weekends off.

Yes I could quiet easily finnish that off

I always try to follow the 80-20 rule so during the week I eat a good well rounded diet, then at the weekend I can have the bowl of ice-cream or even some chocolate! (Gasp!!)

The thing is as always it’s about restraint. I don’t get to Friday night and think “Way hay!” And start loading up on wine, bread and anything else I can get down my cake hole.

if you’re on target to lose about one pound between Monday and Friday, but then go nuts on Saturday and Sunday you'll likely just gain back what you've lost if you're lucky, But more often than not you might actually gain fat totally negating your efforts.

There is a lot of conflicting information about nutrition and fat loss out there, which is why at TFW London we keep it as simple as possible so that it fits in with Your Lifestyle and goals.

If you'd like more info on how I incorporate Nutrition into the programs at TFW London or to attend one of my free Warrior Cooking workshops 

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