What You May Be Getting Wrong About Nutrition
Regardless of your fitness goals, proper nutrition is the key to success or failure. Why? Nutrition is more than just basic survival. Nutrition can not only shape your body, it can change your life. While it is the supply of raw materials required by your body to stay alive, it can also be the difference between a six pack and toned muscles, and an average or even flabby frame. It might even be the factor that determines a positive outlook and more energy or frequent fatigue and stress. Whether you’re trying to simply lose a few pounds or get totally ripped, nutrition is crucial.
A Few Myths About Nutrition
Here’s are a few misconceptions you may have when it comes to nutrition:
- Eating at night will make you fat – This is simply not true. Calories are calories, no matter what time of day they are consumed. Eating at night is not the best idea, however, because those calories, which give you energy, are wasted when you are sleeping. Additionally, some people may have trouble sleeping on a full stomach.
- You should skip the egg yolk – False! While egg yolks are quite fatty and contain a fair amount of cholesterol, it’s a good kind of fat. Egg yolks are packed with good stuff for your body. Most people can benefit from eating an egg a day.
- All natural is healthier – Unfortunately, the term "all natural" means little to nothing these days. Almost all edible products are “natural” in origin and many products labeled all natural in fact contain preservatives, sugar, and plenty of other unhealthy ingredients.
- Sugar-free is better – Many people who are dieting reach for sugar-free items to curb their cravings. However, sugar-free does not equate to healthy. Sugar-free simply means that the sugar has been replaced by an artificial sweetener or other sugar substitute. Artificial sweeteners are entirely synthetic and the long-term health effects of them have yet to be determined. However, some studies have found that artificial sweeteners actually make it harder to lose weight. If you’re going to indulge in a sweet treat, you may as well go for the real deal.
- Carbohydrates make you fat – The diet phenomenon spurred by the Atkins revolution resulted in nationwide distrust of carbohydrates. However, contrary to popular opinion, calories are not the devil. In fact, carbs are necessary for energy. You’ll find that both your life and your workouts will be hindered by fatigue if you go completely without carbohydrates. While sugary and refined carbohydrate-rich foods aren’t the healthiest, your body still needs carbs to survive and thrive. Whole grains, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, vegetables and other fiber-rich foods are a good alternative to the less-than-healthy carbs such as white bread, potatoes, noodles, etc.
- You need to periodically cleanse or “detox” your body – While they may be popular, detox diets and cleanses are little more than a fad. Not only are most unenjoyable, they can be counterproductive. Many of these diets involve fasting or drinking just liquids, for example, which can be a rough adjustment for the body. You may feel fatigued and weak. Long-term detox diets are not only difficult but can be unsafe, depending on how long the diet lasts. Detox diets may help you lose weight in the short term simply because you are severely restricting calories. As soon as you go back to your usual eatings habit, however, you are likely to put this weight right back on. Additionally, there is generally no compelling reason to “detox." Unless you're suffering some type of illness to cause it, toxins don’t tend to build up in your body. Your liver, kidneys and other organs do all “cleaning” that is typically necessary for you to be healthy.
When considering how you might improve your nutritional intake to achieve a healthier, balanced diet, try to avoid the "fad" plans and stick to common sense choices. If you're unsure, there is always plenty of science-based information and advice to be found online, from your doctor, or from a fitness trainer or nutritionist. Here's to your health!
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