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- Foods rich in fat are unhealthy
- Carbs cause weight gain
- Healthy eating is expensive
- Skipping meals is key for weight loss
Whether you’re trying to eat healthily, lose weight, bulk up, or just clean up your diet a little, scrolling through endless posts on social media surrounding the topic of healthy eating and nutrition can be incredibly confusing.
We live in an age where we have an abundance of information just a few clicks away, yet sadly, we also live in an age where people can pass opinion off as fact, which is where a great deal of the confusion stems from.
To make matters worse, even qualified nutritionists, doctors, personal trainers, and dieticians have been known to spread false information regarding health and nutrition, which is why we’re taking a stand today.
There are many common nutrition myths out there, and in today’s article we will be debunking 4 of the most common.
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Foods rich in fat are unhealthy
One of the most common myths surrounding weight loss is that all foods rich in fats are healthy.
Okay, foods rich in processed trans fats such as junk food are indeed unhealthy, but there are also a number of high fat health foods which are considered essential when it comes to our health and wellbeing.
Foods rich in healthy fats such as: oily fish, avocados, coconut oil, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and so on, are actually incredibly good for us. These healthy fats boost the metabolism, they promote cognitive function, they improve cardiovascular health, they regulate hormone levels, and a whole lot more besides.
Fat is not to be feared, and providing you monitor your caloric intakes, consuming healthy fats will not be detrimental to your weight at all.
Carbs cause weight gain
Over the years, low carb diets such as Atkins and Keto have proved to be more popular than ever, and while they do promote weight loss, that does not mean that carbs cause you to get fat.
Simple carbs rich in refined sugars are metabolized quicker and may cause spikes in insulin levels which could result in weight gain, but slow-release complex carbs are actually a great source of energy and are ideal for providing a slow and sustained stream of energy as they digest.
Furthermore, many wholegrain sources of carbs such as brown rice and wholegrain pasta are actually rich in nutrients, dietary fiber, and general goodness.
Healthy eating is expensive
One common excuse that people come up with for not eating healthy produce is that healthy eating is expensive. That is not the case.
Okay, if you purchase wild cuts of meat and seafood, along with organic fruits and vegetables, the price will be slightly higher than your regular grocery shop, but if you are smart with your money and if you purchase healthy and natural ingredients in bulk, you’ll find that these items last a significant amount of time and overall the difference in cost between healthy produce and junk will be negligible.
Skipping meals is key for weight loss
Another hugely common nutrition myth that needs putting to bed once and for all is that skipping meals is key for losing weight.
Starving yourself is never the answer for weight loss, and it is certainly not good for health, your energy levels, or your waistline for that matter. People think that starvation is key to losing weight when in reality all it does is suppress your metabolism so you’ll find it harder to lose weight anyways.