Top 5 Nutrition Myths

Here are the most common nutritional myths I am asked on a daily bases. Let’s clear it up once and for all, shall we?
Myth #1: All fats are bad.  

We all need fat in our diets as they help us absorb certain nutrients.  

Fats make up an important part of every cell membrane in our body and help with proper nerve function, among other things.  

Some fats are good for us and of course some are bad for our health. The key is to replace bad fats (saturated, hydrogenated and trans) with good fats (mono- and polyunsaturated).  

Good fats include: Olive oil, flax oil, fatty fish like salmon and sardines, avocados, raw nuts and seeds, natural nut butters, legumes, leafy green vegetables and lean cuts of meat.  

25 to 30 percent of your daily diet should come from healthy fats.

Myth #2: Avoid carbohydrates to lose weight.
Severely limiting carbohydrates will result in the loss of muscle and water along with only a small amount of fat.  

It is important to limit the amount of carbohydrates in your diet that come from simple carbohydrates (refined flour and sugar).  

Cutting carbohydrates out completely deprives your body from essential nutrients found in wholesome carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. These are called, complex carbohydrates.  

Allow 45 to 50 percent of your diet to come from complex carbohydrate sources (half of those from vegetables). Good fat should make up 25 to 30 percent of your daily diet, and 15 percent to 20 percent from lean animal and plant protein.

Myth #3: To lose weight you must follow a very low-calorie diet.
Eating too few calories puts your body in starvation mode. This actually does the opposite of what you are trying to achieve by slowing down the rate at which you burn calories.  

A better approach is to eat smaller, more frequent meals and snacks.  

A slower, more gradual weight loss will lead to loss of body fat without risking loss of too much muscle tissue and in the long run is easier to manage.  

Aim for a healthy weight loss of 1-2 pounds a week.  

Try cutting your total daily calories by just 500kcal a day for a 1-2 pounds loss per week.  

To maximize fat loss and help keep your blood sugar levels stable and metabolism operating at optimum speed aim to eat every 3-4 hours.  

The more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism works and the more fat you will burn.  Therefore incorporate weight training into your exercise regime along with a healthy balanced diet.

Myth #4: Eating eggs raises your cholesterol levels

Not necessarily. Yes, eggs are high in cholesterol, but the link between naturally occurring cholesterol and your cholesterol levels isn't clear-cut.     

The liver produces 80 per cent of the cholesterol that's in your body. The rest comes from the food you eat, mainly from foods high in saturated fat and trans fat (deep fried foods, pastries, chips, JUNK!).

Myth #5: Only eat when you're hungry

Your body works best when it's receiving a steady supply of fuel. The fuel in this case is food. 

Eating regularly helps your body regulate blood-sugar levels and keeps your body burning calories instead of hoarding them and saving them as fat.      

If you go long periods without food your blood sugar levels fall, causing you to crave a quick sugar fix. Your body wants glucose but more than often people will translate that to needing sugar, as in sweets. Feed your body something nutritious. It will give you the spike of energy it craves and will keep you fuller for longer.

Do you have a nutritional myth you would like cleared up? Leave it below and I will answer it for you!

The information presented here is not intended to replace professional medical care when needed. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner for disease diagnosis, therapy choice, medicine selection and dosage.  


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Wings Little said...

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