There’s a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to nutrition, healthy eating, and weight loss. They just seem to propagate and take on a life of their own, but it’s good to keep informed and dispel them as much as possible. Here are some common weight loss myths.
For a while now, the world of nutrition, working out, and healthy eating seems to be infected with all kinds of “truisms”, but not really, because they are not true in the least. A lot of studies that trumpet foods as revolutionary, just by adding a “super” to their name. What’s worse is that often times, these fake pieces of advice when it comes to nutrition sound a little bit true and reasonable. Well, a lot of them are not! But they emerge in the recent confusion. Let’s check these myths out and put them to bed once and for all.
3 weight loss myths to dispel
1. Myth 1: All fat is evil
The truth: In recent years, experts have started to rehabilitate the reputation of fat. As well they should because not all fat is evil. It’s all a question of having the right fats in your diet and eliminating the dangerous ones, like saturated fats and trans fats, which you can find in processed food and deep-fried items. On the other hand, unsaturated fats, which include polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats, can be pretty healthy for you.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend that adults get at least 10 percent of your calories from fat, but more like 20-35 percent. So, go load up on eggs, nuts, avocado, and salmon, at a minimum!
2. Myth 2: The sugar in fruit is evil
The truth: Giving up on fruit because it contains natural sugar is definitely not the best idea you could have. If you want to lose weight, you don’t have to stop eating fruit altogether. Especially since the sugar is not as bad as the one you ingest when drinking a can of soda, for instance.
A team of researchers at Harvard studied the habits of 130,000 adults and they discovered that people who ate an extra daily serving of fruit lost an extra half a pound over four years. But fruit is important to keep in your diet because it has a cornucopia of fiber, water (which equals hydration), but plenty of vitamins and essential nutrients, too.
3. Myth 3: Eating bad food is solved by exercising
The truth: No, actually, junk food isn’t simply eliminated from your body just because you work out. That's definitely one of the weight loss myths I keep hearing about. Eating healthy food still matters. And having junk food and processed food constantly can still have adverse effects, and long-lasting ones at that, on your body.
Plus, in order for your workout to... um, work out in your favor, you have to give adequate fuel to your body. Because any type of exercise puts stress on your muscles. They need the proper nutrients to develop healthily. And eating well after a workout is just as important. Choose things that give you vitamins, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Mix and match some veggies, fruit, and salmon, for instance, and your body will thank you for it.