Ask any medical professional what they key to staying healthy is, and they’ll tell you it starts with a good diet. Healthy eating is an essential part of life, and the sooner you get into the swing of things, the better your health will be.
It sounds easy, right? All you have to do is eat healthy foods, and that will be that! However, a healthy diet is made a lot harder by all the lies and myths surrounding the food industry. Loads of people will claim they know ‘super diets’ that help you lose weight fast or get super healthy. There are foods that people say you should/shouldn’t eat, and it all gets very confusing. As a result, people end up eating things they think are good for them but really aren’t.
Bearing that in mind, I thought I’d clear things up by showing you the big lies you’ve been told about healthy eating.
It’s Bad To Eat Foods High In Fat
Fat always has bad connotations, doesn’t it? We always think of it as a bad thing that should be avoided. As such, many people tell you to avoid eating things that are high in fat. So, you have a look at the label on some food products, and almost have a heart attack when you see the fat content. You avoid them, thinking you’re doing your body a load of good when really, you’re depriving it of an essential thing.
You see, the mistake is that people put fat into one category as though it’s one thing. But, there are good fats and bad fats. Things like avocado, cooking oils, and nuts are all high in unsaturated fats. These are great for your body as they contain essential fatty acids and things like omega-3, which help lower cholesterol and bring good things to your internal system. The bad fats are saturated fats which lead to heart disease and all sorts of things. It’s bad to eat them, but not bad to eat unsaturated fats. In fact, many people don’t get enough of the good fats, which is why there are brands like KetoMCT that offer supplements you can take freely. Personally, I think supplements are a good idea if you’re one of the people that struggles to eat the recommended daily intake of good fats. You might not like foods that contain good fats, so a supplement helps you out. Otherwise, just alter your diet and eat more unsaturated fats!
Carbs Are The Enemy
If you’ve ever been on a fad diet, then the chances are you probably stopped consuming carbs. For years, people were told carbs were bad for you, and the cause of weight gain. If you eat carbs, you’ll get fat – that’s what we all believed! Well, it turns out, this isn’t strictly true. Again, there’s a difference between good carbs and bad carbs. Good carbs come in the form of things like vegetables, whole grains, and things full of fiber. Bad cards are things like white bread, white rice, crisps, and sugary products.
Why do we need good carbs? Because they provide us with energy and keep us feeling fuller for longer. If you have a nice breakfast packed full of good carbs, then you have less need to eat between meals, which prevents you from consuming too many calories every day. The problem most people have is they eat bad carbs, which provides them with an energy spike, but doesn’t satisfy their appetite. So, they eat more and more, packing on the calories, which ultimately leads to weight gain. Not to mention that good carbs also often contain good nutrients like fiber, which help maintain a healthy digestive system. If you’ve been told to avoid carbs, then ignore whoever told you this! Carbs are a key part of your healthy diet, but only in their good form!
You Have To Eat Salads Every Day
When you think about it, why don’t more people eat healthily? Why do we have such a big problem with obesity and people eating badly? It’s because everyone thinks eating healthy foods is boring. They think you have to eat plain salads every day or just eat things you don’t like. This is easily the biggest lie you’ve been told about healthy eating. In fact, I seriously question the brain power of whoever told you this!
The fact is, salads are healthy because they contain lots of veg and good things. But, eating salads alone won’t help you live a healthy life. The key is balance. You need to eat a balanced diet that provides you with enough protein, carbs, good fats, vitamins, and sugar. While at the same time, it shouldn’t give you too much sugar, salt, or unsaturated fats. This means you can still eat things like chicken, beef, pasta; and a lot more of your favorite foods too. In fact, you can even eat classic fast food things like burgers and pizza. The key is making them yourself, so you know the nutritional value of them, and can make them healthier! For example, make the burgers out of low-fat, high-quality, beef mince. Grill them instead of frying them in loads of oil, and put them in a wholemeal bun. There’s nothing unhealthy about a meal like this! So, if you believe eating healthy is boring and means a life full of salads, then you’re wrong!
Obviously, there are other lies out there about healthy eating. However, in my experience, these are the biggest and most common ones. I guess you can say that there’s a main theme with most healthy eating lies; there are good and bad versions of almost everything. Fats as a whole aren’t bad because you have good, unsaturated ones. The same goes for carbs; you have to ensure you’re eating the good versions and avoiding the bad ones. Lastly, as I touched upon in the last lie; balance is key. Too much of a good thing will make it a bad thing! Always make sure you eat within the guideline daily amounts, and you’ll have a healthy diet on your hands.