There is a lot of information flying around that has to do with food as a whole, macronutrients, micronutrients, and individual items. While much of it is true, there are a lot of myths out there, as well. If you are trying to keep dieting healthy and get your weight under control, then misunderstanding the food that you are eating can be one of the fastest ways to sabotaging your efforts.
Check out these fascinating myths and the truths about dieting healthy that can help you to stay on the right track.
• Frozen veggies and fruits are lower in nutrition than fresh – fruits and vegetables that have been flash frozen are often more nutritious than some of their equivalents in the fresh produce aisle – especially at this time of year, when they are usually picked early and shipped from hundreds or thousands of miles away. Flash freezing retains almost all of the nutrients that were present immediately after picking. Those that traveled fresh gradually decline in nutrition until you eat them.
• Losing weight means giving up flavor – diets that tell you that you need to stop eating all of your favorite foods in order to shed the excess pounds are the same ones that have the greatest likelihood of failing. They are simply unrealistic. The best weight loss efforts are the ones that allow you to treat yourself with the foods you love, in reasonable portions, without breaking the “rules”. This way, it won’t make it feel like your healthy foods are a punishment and that your favorite foods are more rewarding. That is exactly the type of mindset you want to prevent.
• All processed and packaged foods are unhealthy – while the majority of processed and packaged foods are high in calories, sugars, and sodium and are typically low in nutrients, there are a number of items that can be the exception to this rule. Whole grain bread, brown rice, plain, low-fat yogurt, frozen veggies, and bagged salad or veggie mixes are all examples of healthy foods that come in a package. The key is to understand what is in the package and to apply proper portion control to everything that you eat.
• Artificial sweeteners help you lose weight – while it is true that many artificial sweeteners give you a sweet flavor without the calories, no reputable study has ever shown that they help with weight loss. In fact, several recent studies have suggested that they make it harder to lose weight and easier to gain. They increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and can cause issues with insulin production.
Dieting healthy is much easier when you have the right food facts above.