Eating Healthy Myths

EATING HEALTHY MYTHS

Everyone wants to eat healthy and many of us take steps every single day to improve our eating habits. Even though we try our hardest, not all of us are actually eating healthy. There are many healthy eating myths and misconceptions out there and odds are you are falling victim to one or more of them. Here are some of the most common healthy eating myths and misconceptions that are out there.

Myth #1- Cutting Calories Will Make You Lose Weight

Most people think this is true, and if you eat less you will lose weight, but these are not the results you actually want. When you eat fewer calories your body releases chemicals that cause it to store more fat, basically because it thinks you are starving. Reduced calorie diets aren’t really enjoyable, and even though you may lose some weight initially, odds are you will gain that weight back the second you start to eat normally again. In fact, you will not only gain the weight back after your calorie restricted diet is over, but you will also gain back more fat and lose the muscle you previously had.

Myth #2- Pasta is a Low Fat/ Low Calorie Food that Provides You with Energy

Anyone who has ever belonged to a high school sports team has heard of pasta parties. These were parties where the team would get together and eat vast amounts of pasta in order to store up some energy for the next day’s game. However, in truth you don’t get long lasting energy stores from eating pasta – you get fat when you eat a lot of pasta. It is true that pasta is a relatively low calorie food and it contains little fat, but eating pasta is essentially the equivalent of eating a huge bowl of sugar. Pasta is simple carbohydrates, meaning your body quickly turns them into sugar to be used for energy. If you don’t use this energy within a few hours of eating the pasta, it will be stored as fat. Only small portion sizes of whole grain pasta are actually good for you. Eating regular pasta is not eating healthy.

Myth #3- Ready Made Health Food is Good For You

Many weight loss companies, including Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, offer ready made, pre-packed weight loss foods that are supposed to be healthy for you. In reality, these pre-packaged foods are high in sugar, high fructose corn syrup and sodium, even if they are low on calories. This will cause you to gain weight instead of losing it.

Victory Lean is a writer at Dicigs.com – an Electronic Cigarette showcase. She likes to share lifestyle tips and advices for healthy living.

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2 Responses to Eating Healthy Myths

  1. Alastair says:

    I know that last one is not true. Ready made food has far too many preservatives in it to be healthy

  2. Maryanne says:

    That is so true about the calories. I wish the calorie system would just die once and for all. It’s the most ridiculous thing. I wrote an article two years ago called “Calories Don’t Count” and within a week, Weight Watchers changed their point system to no longer reflect calories.

    It makes no sense that 100 calories worth of kale is the same as a 100 calorie chocolate bar. And still, people don’t get it!

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