Here are a few of the nutrition topics we get questioned about so we thought we would clear a few up as nutrition can be a confusing subject!
Low-carb diets are the best for fat loss
Society has seemingly moved on from its war on fat to a war on carbs.
Sugary, delicious carbs have a bulls-eye placed squarely on them and have been named the culprit for everything from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and erectile dysfunction.
There’s definitely no shortage of cheaply made, processed carbs on which too many people rely. But, does this mean all carbs are bad? Far from it. Very few people have ever gotten fat from eating 5,000 calories worth of broccoli or asparagus, both of which are carbs.
Gluten-free is healthier for you
Having Celiac Disease is no joke. Just minor gluten exposure can make you feel like your insides are being twisted in knots and leave you puffier than the Pillsbury doughboy. For those unfortunate people who can’t tolerate gluten, it is undoubtedly the devil.
The only problem with this is that for the average person out there, gluten free doesn’t automatically mean healthier.
Gluten is a protein that holds together bread and other foods and gives them the texture we love. If gluten has to be removed, it gets replaced with something else.
That something else is usually some sort of flour that is cheaper, digests quicker and might even be a greater source of calories. All of these combined spell “doom” for our waistlines. Eating gluten sometimes might actually keep you thin.
Vegetarian diets are healthier than meat-inclusive ones
Sure, eating lots of veggies is healthy. But in general, cutting out an entire food group — even if it is one that can be high in saturated fat — is bad idea. Meat is a key source of iron, which keeps your energy levels up, allows you to think clearly, and produces enzymes that fight infection.
Vegetarians often try to get their iron fix through lentils, beans, fortified cereals and tofu. However, you’re still missing protein. Make sure to eat eggs, dairy products, or soy at every meal to get your animal-friendly dose.
Fresh fruit is better than frozen fruit
Actually, no. With shipping and storage, fresh fruit can often sit around for as long as two weeks before it hits your supermarket. During that time, it can lose a lot of its nutrients, especially vitamin C. In contrast, frozen fruit is often picked and frozen at the peak of freshness. It’s also a better choice for concocting smoothies. But watch out for frozen fruits in syrup — it packs extra calories
You shouldn’t work out on an empty stomach
Your body burns more fat when you hit the gym before you eat breakfast, Just don’t skimp on water.
You need electrolytes after every workout
While sports drink commercials will work overtime to prove otherwise, water can actually get you through many workouts. Electrolyte-pumped sports drinks are really only necessary for gym sessions or intense cardio workouts that last an hour or more. Extra sugar in sports drinks can impede the fat-burning process, so they should be reserved for those times when they’re truly necessary.
You have to count calories to lose weight
Consuming 100 calories’ worth of cupcakes, soda, or French fries is not the same as eating 100 calories of vegetables or brown rice. Instead of getting caught up in the number of calories, focus on where you are getting them from. If you’re mindful and consume the vitamins and minerals your body needs, you’ll be able to drop pounds without becoming obsessive about calorie counting.
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