Nutrition is a topic that is widely discussed these days. People are concerned about maintaining their own health for longevity and prosperity, but they are also concerned that the childhood obesity rate is rising.
Unfortunately, when people fall prey to nutrition myths, they can do little to change their ways.
1. You can find a major cure for weight loss.
Many people would like to believe that they can wave a wand and magically lose weight overnight. As a result, they participate in an array of fad diets.
Whether they follow a trend that they see on Facebook or go off on their own search of the latest popular “get-slim” quick scheme, they often fall prey to the same situation.
When you make one of these lifestyle changes, as many call them, you are often depriving your body of certain nutrients. Also, you may find yourself completely unable to eat foods that you like.
Some of these diets, programs, and trends do help you to lose weight, but it is unrealistic to stay on the plans for the rest of your life.
As soon as you stop the plan, you are likely to put all of the weight right back on. Losing weight without eating the proper foods and getting in the right amounts of exercise is merely a chimera.
Weight-loss surgery is an option, but you should remain that this process comes with consequences and possible complications too.
2. You should eat as few calories as possible.
The amount of calories that you need to eat each day has a lot to do with your unique body. Your height, weight, and gender all play a role.
Calculating the number of calories that you should eat is a smart idea when you want to lose weight, but you need to make that determination with a doctor.
Using an app on your phone or a system on the computer can help you to figure out an approximate number.
However, you may have certain conditions that require you to eat more or fewer calories than the number on the screen. Also, you should not just drastically drop down in the number of calories that you eat.
When you do not consume enough food, you may actually end up gaining weight or staying at the same weight.
Your body may begin to store the fat since you are essentially starving yourself, and your body goes into a fighting mode.
Furthermore, you won’t have the necessary energy to get through the day, so you will probably be too tired to exercise.
3. Organic and natural foods are always better.
This myth is one that has gained quite a bit of strength in the past few years. More people are interested in eating organic and natural foods.
However, too many of them are eating this way because it is a trend, and they don’t actually even really know what the labels mean.
You should realize that unless a product says it is 100 percent organic, then it is not. You may purchase plenty of foods that say “organic” on them, but they may very well not even be 100 percent organic.
On top of that, organic and natural foods are not always healthier than other ones.
If you take a plate of cookies that are organic and a bowl of apples that are not organic, the apples are still healthier for you than the cookies.
Some people do not fully understand what organic and natural labels mean at all. They think that anything they eat with one of these labels is healthy for them; however, they may simply be consuming an unnecessary amount of calories for their bodies.
If you fall into that category, you should gain a better understanding of what these labels mean.
4. You should always choose non-fat dairy products.
You might be like scores of other people who have decided that they are no longer going to eat dairy at all because they don’t like how many of the non-fat products taste.
In fact, you may feel that these products have no taste at all.
You don’t always need to eat non-fat dairy products. If you are worried about the weight consequences of full-fat products, you can choose low-fat.
However, you also need to remember that both low and non-fat dairy products often contain unnatural ingredients in them. Some of them are a far cry from the actual product.
For example, if you compare a butter substitute with real butter, you may very well find that the two share very few ingredients.
Having some fat in your diet is necessary, and you can make healthy choices when it comes to full-fat dairy products.
Eating a pint of ice cream while you sit on the couch and watch television is much different from having a glass of whole milk with your breakfast.
Some say that eating full-fat dairy in moderation is better than overindulging in low or non-fat dairy products.
5. Put down that bar of chocolate, or you are going to get acne.
When you were a teenager, you may have completely avoided chocolate because you were terrified that you were going to get acne if you ate it.
However, in more recent times, scientific studies have shown that chocolate does not cause acne. In fact, some studies have suggested that eating dark chocolate may actually prove healthy for your heart.
You should consult with a doctor about any method of heart health care, however, your specific condition may preclude you from engaging in certain preventative measures.
Now that you know chocolate has not been shown to cause acne, you may wonder about other foods. This topic is one that is still up for debate. Some claim that the only way food can cause acne is if you rub it all over your face.
Others say that the standard Western diet is a major reason why so many people struggle with acne in the United States.
More importantly, however, you should focus on the specific triggers for your acne since they can vary from person to person.
6. It doesn’t matter where your calories come from.
Simply thinking about this situation logically proves the very flaw within it.
If person A eats 2000 calories worth of ice cream each day and person B eats 2000 calories worth of fruits and vegetables each day, person A is likely to gain more weight and have a less healthy lifestyle than person B.
So many diets and fads today say that people can eat whatever it is that they want.
However, that is not the case.
Some programs allow people to consume a certain number of points or calories, and they say it does not matter what those foods are. Therefore, people are stuffing themselves filled with garbage because they think they are allowed to do that.
Yet individuals need to realize that the foods they put into their bodies provide them with energy, and they must learn that different foods metabolize in different ways.
You may be better off eating a diet that is filled with protein, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and the like and consuming a few more calories than eating grease-laded and artificial foods that are low in calories.
7. Weight is the most important factor in determining how healthy a person is.
When you step onto the scale in the morning, you may constantly feel a sense of disappointment.
You’ve been eating plenty of healthy food, and you workout every day or most days in the week.
However, you are not seeing the number on the scale go down. You look at your partner who is lean and who eats whatever he or she wants, and you feel that the situation is unfair.
You feel like you are clearly the least healthy of the two of you, but that is not always the case.
Weight is absolutely not the only factor that goes into how healthy you are. It’s true that people who have higher weights also tend to have higher levels of cholesterol, higher blood pressure and so forth, but that doesn’t always happen.
You should speak with your doctor about where all of your numbers fall, not just your weight.
Furthermore, you should take into account how you feel, how much energy you have and how much endurance you have. Weight is just one part of your health equation.
8. You need to avoid all grains.
Perhaps you are a person who has decided that the food pyramid is archaic and that you need to follow a more modern method of healthy eating.
While modern nutrition has some things right, it too promulgates ideas that will likely fade into obscurity in the future.
If you are a person who thinks that you need to avoid all grains, then you are mistaken. Some people do need to do so because of particular conditions or diseases that they have; however, most individuals are able to consume grains as a part of a healthy diet.
Many nutrition experts suggest that you give whole grains a try. You can find whole grain bread, pasta, bagels, English muffins and so forth. These type of grain products generally have more nutritional value than ones that have been refined.
You can still enjoy your favorite lasagna, sandwiches and breakfast bagels; you just need to do so in moderation.
Eating whole grains may also help in the prevention of certain diseases.
9. If you are living in modern times, you definitely have a food allergy or intolerance.
You may feel that everywhere you look, another person is claiming to have a food allergy or an intolerance.
Some of these issues are extremely serious. For example, a person who is allergic to peanut butter could die from simply being in the same room as the product.
However, many of the conditions are milder. You need to make sure that you have a proper diagnosis if you are claiming to have a food allergy or an intolerance.
Just because you feel sick one time after eating a particular product does not mean that your body lacks the ability to handle that substance. You could have fallen ill for a variety of other reasons.
When you randomly diagnosis yourself with an allergy or an intolerance, you may simply be neglecting your body of the nutrients and foods that it needs.
Look for patterns, and visit a specialist to receive professional advice.
10. It costs too much money to eat nutritional foods.
You may fall into the category of people who say that they cannot eat healthy foods because doing so costs too much money.
While it’s true that some healthy foods do cost more than unhealthy ones, you can look for money-saving options.
For example, when you go to the grocery store, you should purchase fruits and vegetables that are in-season. Also, stop throwing away the circular each week when it is delivered to your doorstep; you can find money-saving coupons in there.
Now that you know the truth about organic foods, you can save some money by deciding which ones you really need to buy for a healthy diet.
Another myth is that you can never eat at a fast food establishment. While eating fast food all the time or even on a regular basis is not good for your health, you don’t have to completely eliminate it.
If you are really pinching pennies and need a meal, look for small salads, side dishes or yogurts that are low in calories.
Furthermore, remember that having a treat once in a while is not going to ruin your nutritional goals. In fact, if you allow yourself to “cheat” once in a while, you can feel less restricted and have better success overall.
Summing It Up
Learning what’s true and what’s false about nutrition helps you to devise a better plan toward optimal health with the help of your doctor.