The Internet is a wonderful thing and is full to the brim with advice about what you should and shouldn’t be eating.
Unfortunately, there can be so much information out there that it’s hard to figure out what is fact and what is fiction.
Here are a few common healthy-eating myths that you’re better off ignoring…
Quitting gluten will make you healthier
Nope. If you suffer from Coeliac’s Disease, then you will notice a huge benefit from avoiding products with gluten in them. If not, there’s really no point. Going gluten-free has become the latest dietary fad but experts warn that avoiding wholewheat can actually lead to problems as it is important in the digestive process.
Diet drinks are better than regular drinks
If you’re trying to lead a healthy diet, then fizzy drinks should be among the first to get the chop. Choosing a diet option instead of your usual can be even worse as the sugar is replaced by artificial sweeteners. Try cordial or juice instead.
You have to avoid all fats if you want to lose weight
This might be the worst of all. Healthy fats are an important part of a balanced diet and there is no comparison between a Big Mac and an avocado. In moderation, the fats contained in nuts, eggs and salmon are really good for you and should definitely be on your shopping list.
Cutting out carbohydrates is the key to a flat stomach
No nutritionist worth their salt will advise you to cut out an entire food group and leaving out carbs completely can often leave people feeling hungry and irritable. Instead, swap refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, pastries) for wholegrains, beans, fruit and vegetables.
Counting calories is the best way to lose weight
Keeping an eye on your calorie intake can be a great way to stay on the straight and narrow but if you’re using your daily allowance on microwave dinners and bags of crisps, then it’s not going to work in the long run.
Eating a balanced diet is the best way to reach and maintain a healthy weight so stick to three home-cooked meals a day with some nutritious snacks for a body that is healthy on the inside and the outside!
It’s normal to be hungry on a diet
Going healthy doesn’t mean starving yourself – it’s all about making good choices. Peckish in the afternoon? Have a handful of almonds or some hummus. Starving at dinner? Load up that plate with healthy veggies. Craving for something sweet? Try a handful of berries with yogurt.
Eating healthy means salads for every meal
If you’re trying to stick to mounds of lettuce, then your health kick won’t last for long. There are tons of brilliant blogs online with delicious recipes that are better than any takeaway. We love Roz Purcell’s Natural Born Feeder and the amazing Deliciously Ella – Banana, Blueberry and Pecan Pancakes, anybody?
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