With so many diets and superfoods crowding the food market, it’s difficult determining what ‘healthy’ eating actually constitutes.
The wealth of health misinformation not only clouds consumer judgment, but can prevent people from truly eating for their health & well-being.
To help wade through all the shoddy diets being advocated today, 4 doctors each share a misguided diet myth they feel carries no weight:
Myth 1: Restriction leads to results
People generally assume the less you eat of something, the better it can be for you. Maybe they believe less is more, or anything ‘low in…’ must be a positive.
Dr. Sally Norton, NHS weight loss surgeon and founder of Vavista Life, says otherwise:
“The biggest myth out there is that low fat, low carbohydrate, low calorie, or any other food restriction diets, are a good option for sustainable weight loss – it’s just not true. Our bodies were designed for a wide variety of fresh, unprocessed foods and that’s the most important thing to focus on.
“There is no wonder-food, super-diet or magic-pill that will miraculously lead to weight-loss. It’s just about building sustainable healthier eating habits and moving more.”
Myth 2: Meat leads to weight gain
You don’t make friends with salad, and you don’t gain weight if you’re a meat eater.
Dr. Gil Jenkins, advisor to the Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS), says:
“I get annoyed when people say meat is bad for you, as we are natural omnivores. When eating meat, keep it fresh and lean, have a variety, don’t fry the meat and don’t cook to the point of charring.
“As we get older, we need protein to keep our muscle bulk up in order to prevent falls and frailty. Lean meat is a good, digestible source of protein and iron, plus other minerals.”
Myth 3: Only big changes lead to big results
Similar to cutting something cold turkey, a radical, full shift in diet or routine doesn’t necessarily lead to immediately impactful or measurable results. Slow and steady, doctors (and tortoises) say.
Dr. Ashton Harper, nutrition and gastrointestinal diseases specialist and Bio-Kult expert, explains:
“The best diet is one where there is a concerted and manageable shift in behaviour, such as not having “junk food”, and trying to eat smaller portions of food, without limiting the actual variety of ingredients.”
Myth 4: What works for one person will work for me
That flexitarian diet that’s working wonders for your friend may do nothing for you. Everybody is different, so they’ll respond uniquely to particular foods and diets.
Dr. Daniel Jones, director of vitamin supplements company Revive Active, says:
“People need to be skeptical of new trends in the diet food industry, unless it’s backed by lots of great, well carried out research. The most important thing to keep in mind is that nutrition isn’t one-size-fits-all.
“Every individual is unique, with a unique physiology that responds in its own way to nutritional stimuli. View it as an investment in your health, feeling and wellbeing and look to find what works for you.”
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