It seems like every time you turn around there’s a new diet trend demanding you become a devotee in order to stay healthy. With all the high-fat this and dairy-free that out there, the world of healthy eating can seem totally confusing.
Luckily, distinguishing the best advice from the bulls**t just got a lot easier. We asked top nutrition experts for the worst diet tips they’ve ever heard—and what we should be doing instead.
1. Don't eat after 8 p.m.
“Especially for those of us who exercise at night, that’s just not possible. If it’s within an hour or two of bedtime, just keep it under 500 calories. Eating a sensible, balanced meal at 7, 8, or even 9 p.m. is perfectly healthy. As long as that meal isn’t tipping your calorie intake for the day or full of high-fat foods (which can disrupt sleep quality and even digestion), it shouldn’t lead to actual body fat gain. Make sure it’s balanced, including whole grains, vegetables, and a little protein.” — Lisa Moskovitz, R.D., CEO of NY Nutrition Group