Health Hoaxes: Tackling the Misunderstanding of Healthy Eating
It seems like everywhere we look these days is an advertisement punctuated by information about healthy eating. Every store is trying to sell us the “latest” on the diets of the rich and the famous, every fitness company is blasting the idea that you’re unattractive if you’re not physically fit, and every tabloid magazine is covered top to bottom in pictures of people far less healthy than they appear.
In this body-hostile landscape, it’s hard to understand what’s giving real advice and what’s attempting to sell more of their own product at the risk of your health. For some, exercise is remarkably difficult, because of underlying health or motivation issues, and these people occasionally turn to dieting to lose excess weight. However, healthy eating is a much better, much safer way of losing weight than taking the advice of some ridiculous, vapid magazine.
To ensure you get the best experience (and results) out of your healthy eating, we have compiled some of the common hoaxes of healthy eating here, to help you avoid the pitfalls and traps of the unhealthy posing as the healthy. For instance, many websites will say to stay away from supplements, but I found out that Vital Greens was a tremendous help for losing weight in a quick but healthy manner.
Less is More
One thing you’re likely to find in many, many publications on losing weight through healthy eating, is the idea that eating less food overall, healthy or otherwise, is good for you. Many magazines will even go so far as to suggest that even when eating healthily, eating less is preferred. This is dangerous information because, if taken to heart, it can lead people to starve themselves, which is not only dangerous for a person’s long-term health, but is also counterproductive when it comes to the goal of losing weight.
If you are trying to eat healthily as a means to lose weight, eating less will send signals to your brain that food is scarce, and what food you do consume needs to be stored in the form of fat deposits to keep your body from starving. This obviously means that you will put on weight in the short term, and in the long term your body can lose muscle mass. Eating more is actually a healthier and faster way to lose weight if done right, and is safe for just about anyone.
Instead of eating 3 meals a day – a small breakfast, a medium lunch, and a large dinner – try eating five or six small meals a day, each with protein in them. This tells the body food is plentiful, and the fat you already have stored will start to be processed.
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Carbs are Friends
In your quest for healthier eating habits, you may come across information that suggests carbohydrates are only bad for you, and cannot possibly be good in any way. This is false information, as carbohydrates actually fuel your body like any other food, and break the monotony of eating a strictly healthy diet. Carbohydrates like bread and potatoes can be eaten in moderation, and with the consideration that they should not be cut out entirely. Eating healthily takes much more willpower than many realise, and allowing yourself simple pleasures like carbohydrates occasionally is a great way to maintain the willpower.
Supplements for Sure
Yet another hoax that is thrown in the faces of anyone looking to eat more healthy foods day-to-day, is that supplements are not needed for healthy eating, and that to take them is a form of “cheating” in your quest toward eating more healthily.
Supplements are concentrated essential nutrients from many different sources, and offer the body an easy way to gain the nutrients is may otherwise not be able to gain. For a vegetarians or vegans for instance, supplements are crucial in providing the nutrients most non-vegan/vegetarian people get from animal products.
As long as the unhealthy advice given by otherwise well-meaning people is ignored, most articles or magazines have a degree of truth in them. Just make sure you know how to navigate them, and that if something looks iffy, it probably is.
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