Common Myths in the Field of Nutrition

There is so much misinformation out there about food and nutrition.  We could spend days debunking all the popular food myths, but today in the blog we are pulling out 3 of the most common ones…

Myth #1 – Controlling calories in and calories out is what matters most in order to lose weight

A calories in/calories out stance is a narrow way to think about weight loss.  Simply put 100 calories of broccoli, blueberries, or bone broth is vastly different than 100 calories of pasta, pizza, or pastries.  In other words, it isn’t so much the quantity of calories that matters as much as the quality of them. 

If your calorie intake is high in carbohydrates, sugar, and empty calories (calories with no nutritional value), the impact on your metabolism as well as the increased inflammation in the body will create a situation in which weight loss is much more difficult.  In fact, you may actually find yourself gaining weight.  This can happen even if the number of calories you ingest are under your reduced caloric intake target.  Eating a diet of healthy, whole foods, even if it is calorically higher, will be much more likely to support your metabolism and reduce inflammation in the body and result in weight loss. 

Again, it is more about the quality of the calories – the nutrients in the foods themselves.  Making better food choices will aide your body in burning fat and losing that unwanted weight.

Myth #2 – Fats are bad for you

Not all fats are created equal.  Some fats are essential to the health of your brain.  Healthy fats found in foods like nuts, avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, and coconuts, just to name a few.  Healthy fats are the fuel your brain needs to function properly.  Often when people struggle with brain fog, for example, a look at their diet indicates a lack in these healthy fats.

Simply put, a fat free diet, and even some low-fat diets, can be quite detrimental to your brain’s health.  Being picky about the fats you ingest is important though.  Choose wisely and eat some of those healthy fats every day.

Myth #3 – Skinny = healthy

Our society has a fascination with skinny/thin – we tend to define beauty starting with skinny.  However, it is important to note that being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy.  In fact, while a little over 40% of our population is considered overweight or obese, over 80% of our population is metabolically unhealthy.  Translation – not all skinny people are healthy. 

In the nutrition world there is a term, skinny fat, to describe those individuals who are physically thin but otherwise unhealthy.  This is largely due to those individuals not getting the nutrients needed to be metabolically healthy.  So, the bottom line is, skinny doesn’t automatically equal healthy.

Again, there are many myths pertaining to the world of nutrition and weight loss, these are just three prevalent ones.  We encourage you to take time this month, National Nutritional month, to educate yourself on important nutrition facts like these and begin to make a few small changes to your food choices.  Small changes over time tend to lead to more lasting and successful change, so don’t try to “bite off more than you can chew”.  😉  And if you feel like you could use a little extra support on your nutrition journey, check out our Nutrition coaching packages.  We are here to support you!  Namaste.

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