Hate is a strong word. Which is why I save it for special occasions. Today is one of those rare special occasions. Today we talk about the terrible nutrition myths that are keeping people in the dark, and thus keeping them from being as healthy as they would normally be. I hate these myths and the food industry that promotes them. Let's get cracking.
1. "Fat Free" = Healthy
While this isn't as much of a myth as it used to be, fat in the diet is still frowned upon - and it shouldn't be. Fat is essential. Weed fat out of the diet and bad things start to happen.
2. "Sugar Free = Healthy
'Sugar free' indicates a healthy food item as much as 'heavy duty' indicates a quality power tool. It just doesn't work that way. Sugar has its place. (Especially around workouts)
3. "Organic" = Healthy
Yup. You guessed it. This might be the biggest one of all. Something organic can have loads of unhealthy fats, excessive sugar, AND come in a serving size that's far too large. You lose.
4. "If I eat healthy and clean, I'll do pretty good."
While this is mostly true, the formula remains the same. If we eat more calories than we burn, we gain weight. The opposite is also true. Then why does eating clean help so many people lose weight? Because vegetables, lean meats, nuts, brown rice, and oats have the opposite profile to packaged foods. Clean foods are low on the glycemic index, have higher amounts of fiber and healthy fats, and contain more water. Packaged foods are sugary, high on the glycemic index, dry, and generally lack fiber.
Then why is this a myth? Because we take it too far. We think that if we eat clean 50 percent of the time, we can overindulge 100 percent of the time. It just doesn't work that way.
5. "My super smoothie will help me lose weight"
See number four. Hopefully, that smoothie is helping you lose weight because it's a low glycemic (hopefully) and high fiber food with healthy fats and lots of water. It's a wonderful fat burning tool. But then again, so is eating vegetables instead of bread.
On the other end of the spectrum, many of us pack our smoothie full of so many 'healthy' options that it turns out to be a 750 calories powerhouse. Yeah, it doesn't work like that either. Adding 'more nutrition' doesn't equal 'more power' with smoothies. I've broken down people's smoothies before and found out that they are almost 900 calories EACH (with having TWO per day). Don't fall for the trap. More does not equal better.
6. Lemon tea all day!
Stop. Don't waste your time on this if your nutrition isn't already top notch.
Get real food. Measure. Eat to perform.
If you want to check out how to make an actual powerhouse smoothie that will help you lose weight, go here.