Fact or Fiction? Truth or Myth?
With the vast amount of conflicting health headlines, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of us are left slightly confused.
It’s time to separate science from hearsay.
Fact Or Fiction? The Truth Behind The Health Myth.
Myth 1 Weight loss is about cutting calories
All calories are not created equally. Calories from sugar and refined carbohydrates are likely to be stored as fat, where as calories from healthy fats, protein and vegetables are likely to help shed fat.
Skip calorie counting and shed the weight by eating whole, unprocessed foods.
Myth 2 Egg yolks raise cholesterol
Egg yolks do contain dietary cholesterol, but the latest research shows that consumption of dietary cholesterol has no correlation to blood cholesterol.
Surprisingly, it is the yolk where all the nutrients are found.
Myth 3 Gluten free is healthier
Many supermarket gluten-free options can be packed full of extra sugar, salt, trans-fats, colourings, flavourings and other unknown ingredients to make it taste good. This can outweigh the benefits of choosing gluten free.
Go for the real deal or opt for whole foods, which are naturally gluten free.
Myth 4 Eating fat makes you fat
Unfortunately we’ve been fed the wrong information over the last 30 years. Numerous studies have now shown that a higher healthy fat and lower carbohydrate diet is the most effective for weight loss.
Add avocado, nuts, seeds, oily fish and cold-pressed oils to your plate.
Myth 5 Healthy food is more expensive
With a little planning eating healthy can actually cost less. Farmers markets can be cheaper and you can find fresh, locally sourced produce.
You can save by cooking from scratch and bringing nourishing lunches to work.
Myth 6 Eat regular snacks to keep metabolism high and blood sugar levels stable
Put simply, if we’re snacking several times throughout the day, it's likely we're eating more than we need to be. If you eat the right things at mealtimes your blood sugar levels will remain steady for several hours after eating.
Our bodies are not designed for grazing and a constant bombardment of food… even healthy food! More importantly each time we snack we release the fat storage insulin, which isn’t conducive to weight loss.
As a general rule of thumb; if going for longer than 4-5 hours without food, choose a wholesome, low sugar snack. But if you find yourself munching away on kale chips an hour after your meal, it may be time to put them down.
Thank you, Lily x
Lily Soutter Bsc (Hons) Nutrition, Dip ION, mBANT, CNHC
Lily is a Nutritionist and weight loss expert providing one-to-one nutrition consultations for health optimisation. She has obtained a Food and Human Nutrition degree from Newcastle University and a Nutritional Therapy diploma from The Institute of Optimum Nutrition. Lily has an extensive knowledge of the science of food and health, which enables her to regularly write for The Daily Mail, The Independent, The Mirror, Women's Health, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.
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