We live in a world of freely available information, so it’s easy to get confused when it comes to your nutrition. What should I eat? What will help me lose weight? Where do I start??! Don’t panic though, we’ve got you covered. All of our programs are based in science, with no fads or fancy supplements, so you can rest assured that everything you get from us is backed by real world evidence.
That’s the Nutricoachdiet way. So to help you out, we’ve put together 5 of the biggest nutrition myths we commonly hear, and busted them in this blog.
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For years dietary cholesterol has been blamed for increased blood cholesterol (the stuff that causes heart disease). And because eggs are naturally in high cholesterol, it’s no wonder that people avoid them, especially the lovely yellow yolks. However, new research shows that it’s saturated and trans fats that cause the greatest increase in blood cholesterol, whilst dietary cholesterol (the type you eat) can actually help lower this! Good cholesterol plays a huge part in hormone regulation, and it helps build muscle! Low in saturated fat and high in protein, eggs are an excellent dietary choice, so don’t be afraid to include them. And don’t skimp on the yolk!
How often have you gone out for dinner and thought you were getting a fat loss friendly option with the salad? Sure, the salad itself is great, and paired with a good protein source and some healthy fats, it’s a perfect fat burning meal. But the problem comes with all the other added ingredients, such as avocado and nuts, which in themselves are really healthy, but are always served in huge portions by restaurants. Fried meats, croutons, sugar laden or cream heavy dressings all bump up the calories. It’s not uncommon to order a salad and consume 800 calories thinking your taking the lighter option!
On a molecular level, sugar is sugar. Yes, there is a difference in how your body breaks it down in some respects when we factor in other nutrients like protein and fibre, but that all changes when we start juicing things and drinking it. Fruit is great in it’s whole form, but as soon as you blitz it up into that super healthy smoothie, you might swell drink a can of coke – the sugar is the same. The take home message? Eat a piece of fruit, don’t drink it.
A chocolate bar is a chocolate bar. Putting the word “organic” on it doesn’t magically make it healthy. Organic has become synonymous with heath, yet often we’re being sold a lie. Organic biscuits, crackers, crisps, and sweets still have the same shit in them as the non-organic versions. With meat and veg, it’s a slightly different story – it does reduce the pesticides, thus cutting back on chemical exposure. But conventional stuff is still fine too, so don’t waste money on organic when you don’t need to.
You need fat in your diet. Fat does not make you fat. Fat is 100% necessary. Eating too much protein can make you fat. Eating too many carbs can make you fat. EATNG TOO MANY CALORIES MAKES YOU FAT! Now fat is calorically more dense that the other macros at 9 kcals per gram, BUT this means it’s more satisfying and satiating to eat, so it’s great for those looking to lose weight. You just need to watch your portion sizes! If something is low fat, it means they’ve had to add something to replace the fat. Usually sugar, salt and various other chemical compounds that I can’t pronounce. So in reality, you’re better off with the full fat version. It helps with hormone regulation, nutrient absorption, and it tastes good! Win-win.
So that’s it! Time to stop believing the lies and start working with the TRUTH.
Science backed, evidence based TRUTH!
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