There’s a plenitude of information out there about what we should be eating. Sometimes it’s difficult to work out the facts from the fallacies. Here, are the misinterpretations I see most from clients.
Carbohydrate makes you chubby
Carbs have always received a bad wrap despite the fact that they’re packed full of nutrients and make you feel fuller for longer. Chowing down on white bread and cakes won’t help your waistline but sticking to healthy wholegrains will actually assist weight loss.
Skinny means healthy
Society and social media bombard us with images of slender health gurus. Overweight people who are active have been shown to be much healthier that slim people who don’t exercise. We all have different body shapes and it’s much better to focus on being the healthiest version of you.
Adding up calories
We’ve all been guilty of doing those little sums in our heads to add up how many calories we’ve consumed. Many of us forget to consider that a chocolate cake that is worth 500 calories is not the same as a 500 calorie vegetable salad. Individual foods and their nutrients are metabolised via different pathways. This alters the effect they have on our weight, appetite and overall health.
Yolks are hard to beat
Many people still believe eggs contain bad cholesterol and scramble to avoid the centre. Eggs may contain a minute amount of cholesterol, but they don’t raise the bad cholesterol in your blood or increase your risk of stroke or heart disease. An egg is all it’s cracked up to be. It’s one of the most nutritious, single foods you can eat and all the nutrients are in the yolk.
Good fats paunch above their weight
Ever since the low-fat movement began in the 70s people have equated eating fat with getting fat. Fat is a vital part of our diet containing vitamins and essential fatty acids. The only ones that should be avoided are saturated and trans-fats. Fatty fish, avocadoes, nuts and healthy oils are all good fats and should make up the bulk of fat in our diet.
Health claim hoax
The market for health foods has grown massively in the past decade. Gluten-free and organic foods are being consumed with the hope of achieving that svelte celebrity figure or glowing complexion. Just because a food claims to be healthy doesn’t mean it actually is. Don’t rely on the gluten-free, organic or natural tag. Read the nutrition label carefully.
Most people forget that changes to their diet need to be sustained. Otherwise, they’ll end up right back where they started. There’s no point in starting the latest weight loss fad if you give it up in a few weeks. Start thinking lifetime adjustments not diets and stick to your changes.
The superfood label is one created by marketers not health professionals. Just because kale and coconut water are heavily advertised by celebrities doesn’t mean they’re more nutritious than blueberries or red grapes. Save your money and start eating a wide variety of seafood, fruits and vegetables to feel far more super.
The truth about healthy eating is that most of it comes down to common sense. Increase your knowledge from valid sources, eat a diverse diet that you enjoy and you’ll see a more noticeable change in your overall health.