With health information flying all around the internet, there are all kinds of health, fitness and nutrition myths that people believe may be true.
Now, that has changed and it is known that dietary cholesterol does not have an effect on your blood cholesterol.
It is important to get your information from a professional to make sure that you are getting accurate and safe information. These are some habits that you may have heard are healthy but can actually be harmful.
1. FAT IS BAD FOR YOU
It is an old nutrition myth and ‘90’s fad to follow a very low fat diet. Our bodies and brains actually need fat and fat helps to keep us full. Aim for mostly healthy fats which are found in foods such as nut butters, olive oil, nuts, avocadoes and more. Limit saturated fats to less than 10% of your daily calories and avoid trans fats.
2. CARDIO IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO!
While cardio is a great form of exercise, it should not be the only kind of exercise that you do. Strength training is important to keep your body and muscles strong. Muscle burns more calories than fat and strength training should be done at least 1-2 times per week.
3. HONEY / AGAVE/ MAPLE SYRUP IS BETTER THAN SUGAR
It is a myth that other forms of sugar such as honey, agave and maple syrup are not sugars. When a recipe is labeled as sugar-free and contains maple syrup, it is not actually sugar-free. Sugar is sugar and should be limited no matter which form it is in. Choose whichever sugar you like but keep quantities small.
4. AVOID EGG YOLKS TO LIMIT CHOLESTEROL
Prior to the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the recommended amount of cholesterol was 300 mg per day. Now, that has changed and it is known that dietary cholesterol does not have an effect on your blood cholesterol. What does affect blood cholesterol is saturated fat which should be limited. Eggs are a great source of nutrients and can be consumed regularly.
5. SKIPPING MEALS HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT
People used to believe that if they skip meals, it will help them lose weight. Skipping meals is bad for two reasons:
1. It slows down your metabolism and causes your body to hold onto fat and calories instead of burning them.
2. It may cause you to overeat later. For example, if you skip breakfast, you may be so hungry by the time that lunch comes that you order a double cheeseburger and fries. Instead, do not skip meals and choose healthy, balanced options.
6. CARBOHYDRATES ARE BAD FOR ME
Still to this day, many people believe that the low-carb diet is the way to go. Years ago, the Atkins diet and South Beach diets recommended eating a very low carbohydrate diet to lose weight but skipping carbohydrates can actually be very dangerous. Whole-grains for example are rich in fiber, iron and B vitamins.
Fruits are rich in fiber and many essential vitamins. By skipping these types of foods, you may be missing out on important nutrients that your body needs. Eat your fair share of fruits and whole-grains but do limit refined carbohydrates such as white bread and sugar.