Everyone has an opinion about eating better. Moreover, we like to share the so-called urban myths of healthy eating. Forget about what your co-worker, and even your mom, said on this topic (unless they are nutritionists or dietitians, of course).
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A healthy diet doesn’t mean deprivation and surviving on kale everything. So here are five dietary myths we all should stop believing.
#1. It all comes down to counting calories. Truth to be told, the source of calorie intake and what this or that type of food does to your body matters as well. After all, the combination of nutrients and their effects on our bodies in avocado and some cookies differ vastly with the same numerical value of calories. Everything with sugar in it, processed food, unhealthy food prompt cravings and don’t supply the much-needed macro- and micro-nutrients.
#2. No desserts allowed. Oh, the sinful desserts! The ultimate indulgence. The taboo of temptation. Does this description resemble, say, an ice-cream commercial? Look, studies have shown that people who deprive themselves of some foods that they want but “can’t” eat are more prone to give in to overeating. The key, here, is to be mindful about the intake, eat sensibly and enjoy your dessert, not gorge on it.
#3. “I’ll work out for an hour tomorrow and indulge in an entire pizza today”. This doesn’t quite work that way. Nutritionists say that those calories will only burn after hours upon hours at the gym. And, again, junk food doesn’t provide your body with healthy elements. So: fuel your workout with the right kind of food and snacks; don’t use working out as an excuse to overindulge.
#4. Fruit is not your friend. So, as an experiment, one group of people went on a low-fat diet with fresh fruit and brown rice on the menu, while another group went on a low-carb group with salmon, seeds and nuts. People in both groups lost weight! Which shows that what matters is the quality of the diet: no foods with added sugar, no processed foods. It all boils down to controlling your portions and eating mindfully. Don’t deprive your body of fiber and nutrients that fruit is rich in.
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#5. Once you cheat, you never quit. Dietitians say it’s best if you don’t schedule a specific day to “indulge” in your food cravings. Again, a diet is not about depriving yourself from eating something. Feel free to have that tasty treat once in a while without feeling guilty. But look at your healthy diet as a lifestyle, a given, a default - not as a temporary path of obstacles and deprivation.
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