With so much information at our fingertips on the web, it is easy to get confused as to what is a dieting myth and what information is true and healthy advice. So what advice do you take when scanning the web for weight loss guidance?
Let me help end the dieting confusion with some of the most common nutrition beliefs:
- Myth: Frozen fruits and vegetables aren’t healthy
Truth: Frozen fruits and vegetables are most nutritious when they are first picked and fresh. Thanks to shorter trips from harvest to processing, canned and frozen items are still a healthy choice – and they still beat a bag of chips, cookies, or bowl of ice cream.
- Myth: Weight loss is as simple as cutting your calories
Truth: Many people think weight loss is a balancing act between the calories we eat vs. what we burn. This depends on what you are eating. If you are eating 1500 calories a day of unhealthy food, compared to 1500 calories a day of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, your body may react differently to the 1500 calories that were consumed. Eating the right food that power your cells is just as important as counting your calories.
- Myth: Fruit is bad and has too much sugar
Truth: Sugar in fruit is not added sugar and is a naturally occurring fructose. This sugar is far different that table sugar’s negative outcomes. Fruit is loaded with nutrition and is a great option for healthy carb energy when you’re doing an intense workout like a long bike ride or hike.
- Myth: I can’t eat carbs or I’ll never lose weight
Truth: Yes, a low carb diet will result in initial weight loss, however, completely cutting an entire nutritional element isn’t necessarily healthy. For long term healthy weight, instead of cutting out carbs altogether, choose high power grains like quinoa and amaranth, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and healthy fats.
- Myth: You should only eat when you’re hungry
Truth: Instead of waiting until you’re hungry to eat (and at that point unable to control what you are eating), space your meals evenly through the day for long term weight loss success. Meal skippers usually have more weight problems because once they do decide to eat, they choose the wrong foods. Try eating 4-6 healthy small meals per day.
If any of these myths vs. facts surprise you, clear your mind of false information and reset your strategy with the science based facts that will keep you going strong!