Trying to lose weight and diet properly is tough enough as it is. Unfortunately, there are dozens of false and misleading food “myths” circulating that can take you far off the track of a healthy and proper lifestyle.
These myths are often widely believed and supported by outdated nutritional science. The result is a scared consumer that is eating the wrong things hoping for positive results (or merely eating the wrong things hoping to avoid negative consequences). Unless you are truly on the cutting edge of nutrition, these myths may actually surprise you. Listed below are some things that will help you breathe easier on your next grocery store trip.
Fat Makes you Fat
For decades, doctors said that people became fat through a diet high in fat (particularly the saturated kind). This led them to recommend eating exponentially more grain than meat on a daily basis. Then along came the “Atkins Revolution” and suddenly carbohydrates were public enemy number one. Unfortunately, both of these theories only gain traction because they simplify everything to the point where suddenly dieting seems easy and straightforward.
Yet in reality, neither fat nor carbohydrates are responsible for weight gain exclusively. What makes you fat is eating more calories than you burn, regardless of where they come from. Eat a healthy balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Avoid saturated fats and simple carbohydrates not because they are the only thing that is harmful, but because they are more harmful than the others.
Snacking Makes you Fat
If you were asked to imagine the eating habits of an obese individual, you would likely assume that they always have some sort of snack in their hands when not eating a scheduled meal. Yet believe it or not, snacking is actually a great way to lose fat (more on that in a minute). Once again, it is less about when and how you eat and more about what you eat.
Consuming Twinkies for breakfast or snack time is going to contribute to your expanding waistline regardless. Snacking the right way will actually keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent your body from unnecessarily storing fat. A good tip is to eat three smaller meals a day and three snacks in between these meals. Doing so will keep your body constantly fueled and prevent a hunger response that can lead to weigh gain.
Coffee is Bad For You
Coffee is viewed widely as addictive and harmful to your health. Yet millions of Americans rely on it every morning to wake them up and get them going. As it turns out, not only is it useful but it may actually be good for you too. Recent research has indicated that individuals who consume coffee regularly are less likely to contract Type II diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, depression, or have a stroke.
Coffee is even full of antioxidants which prevent cell damage from free radicals. It is healthiest when brewed using a paper filter, as this eliminates most of the potentially harmful ingredients. So fear not! Your morning cup of Java is keeping you healthy and alert at the same time.