Healthy eating is important because when we do not feed our bodies the right nutrients we hinder our potential to fully perform at the things we set ourselves to do. However, we have to be mindful of the many myths on healthy eating. Here are 10 myths you may have heard about healthy eating.
10 Myths on Healthy Eating
Myth #1: "It takes a lot of your time to eat healthfully."
It takes a lazy person to say this one. With a little preparation you can have a simple, yet healthy meal prepared in as much as 30 minutes. For example, in the same time it takes to order a pizza you could grill fish or steak and some vegetables.
Myth #2 :" I am too young to worry about heart problems."
Like no one has ever met a young person suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity. The young is not immune to the problems of health. Besides youth, there are other factors to consider when determining whether you would contract a certain condition. Factors such as family history, obesity, lack of exercise, and poor eating habits can bring on high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Myth #3: "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day."
Breakfast gives you the energy you need for the first part of the morning. That does not makes it the most important. What is important is getting the vitamins and minerals from the different food groups through out the day. So don't discount the importance of lunch and dinner.
Myth #4: "Eating less than 1200 calories will help you speed up your weight-loss."
This will most likely slow up your metabolism, as a result you could gain weight. What you should do is aim to consume the amount of calories that will give you the energy you need according to your lifestyle, age, gender, and daily activities. Also, you should aim to lose about 1-2 pounds a week.
Myth #5: "You should skip snacks and eat three good meals a day".
People who have weight problems could end up consuming more calories during the three square meals. Consuming smaller meals 5 or 6 times a day can decrease calorie intake.
Myth #6: "Never eat at fast foods, it can ruin your health."
A typical fast-food may be loaded with too many fat, calories, and sodium. For this reason many think rightly that this is not a good option. However, when you are squeezed for time or you work outside an office it can be a beneficial option, but you should seek out healthy fast-food options. Alternatively, many people think it may be better to avoid fast food and they end up relying on energy bars and drinks to sustain their energy, but this is not always a good idea.
Myth #7: "Eating fat is bad for you."
You must eat a little fat for ensure a healthy body system. However, you should eliminate trans fat and hydrogenated fats from your diet. Fats do the following for your body: it helps the body store energy, it gives the body shape, it serves as a protective cushion to your skin and internal organs, it insulated the body, it is part of every cell membrane in the body, it is essential for brain and nerve cell function, and it is an integral part of many hormones and other biochemicals (e.g. vitamin D).
Myth #8: "You can eat as much as you want if you eat healthy."
You would likely overeat and gain excess weight doing this. This is really not good advice.
Myth #9: "Salads are the best and healthiest when eating out".
The salad bar may sound healthy, but think of the fattening toppings and generous shaving of cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise and salt that may be added to it.
Myth #10:"Low-carb diets are best for the body".
Carbohydrates is fuel for your body. You can lose muscle mass by a low-carb diet. It can also cause pain and discomfort during exercise. Also, a low-carb diet can cause these two things: ketosis and an excess protein in the diet which can both lead to bad breath. We do not need lots of protein in our diet, actually nutritionists recommend you multiply the body weight in kilograms by 0.8 (or weight in pounds by 0.37) to arrive at the minimum daily protein in grams.
That's it, 10 myths on healthy eating that has been busted, debunked with the help of a little common sense.
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