We are a bit further up last time motivation dove into the psyche and train a bit more to lose weight. This time I want to keep it a bit lighter; change of food makes food they say right? But "they" say more things when it comes to food or food. However, not everything is correct. That is why I want to discuss a number of persistent diet myths with you today that, according to research and logical reasoning, are totally untrue.
Perhaps this article will make your diet, whether you want to bulge or cut, a little easier in the coming period!
Diet Myth 1: Do not eat too many eggs! Is bad
In a sense, this is of course true, because as we learn from childhood: everything that 'te' stands for is bad. The definition of 'te' is only somewhat vague, and also in this context. Because what is too much egg? And what is still allowed? 1 a week? 1 a day? 3 a day? Or is it best to peel every morning with the egg yolk between the two halves of your newly broken egg until you can bake a large omelet without yolk? Because yes, egg = cholesterol, right?
Quite a few studies have been done on the effect of egg consumption on cholesterol and other health indicators, with varying amounts of eggs per week, but generally with the same conclusion: a diet high in eggs (some studies exceed 12 per week) no negative effect on health.
Diet Myth 2: Salt is bad
If we are allowed to eat eggs, then we actually want salt, because that is delicious. Well, you're in luck, because contrary to what many people think, sodium isn't that bad at all. For example, salt does not necessarily cause high blood pressure; the biggest fear started with a study in the 70s, done on rats, with an extremely high amount.
A more recent analysis, with a total population of 6000+ people, found no strong effect of reducing salt intake on the risk of cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure did fall slightly, according to another major study, in reducing salt intake. With the emphasis on something. A difference from 120/80 to 119/79.
What you can do with this data? When you cook your meals yourself, you can safely add salt to your food (in a normal way). However, this does not mean that unlimited salt inhalation is good for you; this is one of the reasons why prepackaged meals are generally considered less healthy. In addition, there are people who are excessively sensitive to sodium, for whom caution is advisable.
Diet Myth 3: Sugar is addictive
So many articles and documentaries have been made about sugar that I think I can't write a new word about it. But from time to time repetition is good.
There is no sugar addiction
Regardless of what some people try to tell you, or regardless of what you may have told yourself in the past (of course not anymore).
An addiction has a number of characteristics, one of which is that despite being aware of direct damage to health, one continues to use it. In addition, for example, the development of tolerance, withdrawal symptoms and a strong desire for their use are characteristic of an addiction.
Tell me, how many people do you see walking out of the supermarket with a pound of sugar to make a big line at home to satisfy their addiction?
The fact that we need food and calories, and therefore eating sweet and fatty foods feels good, does not mean that it is addictive. With the same arguments, breathing, pooping, or sleeping is also addictive. You can quietly eat sugar without running the risk of having to kick up in a mouth-watering bed after a month. Oh, and you don't get fat by definition either.
Diet Myth 4: Whole grain is king, the rest is rubbish
Whole-grain bread, preferably as brown as possible (has anyone ever heard that colorants are sometimes used for that?), Whole-grain pasta, or whole-grain / brown rice. All super healthy and much better than the normal variants. If you are serious about your health, watch out that you do not eat white rice, white bread, or normal pasta.
Except that is not true.
Certainly, some of these foods have a stronger and more acute effect on blood sugar levels, for example. In addition, they contain less dietary fiber.
But how many people eat their rice or bread? The glycemic index is a measure of the effect of food on blood sugar. A high glycemic index causes a very fast peak, and then a crash, right?
Mwah ... that is not so bad. In addition, the entire glycemic index can be thrown overboard when foods are eaten in combination with other foods; almost always so.
Do you like whole-grain pasta better than normal? Then go ahead and enjoy it. But don't spend your calories on foods that you really don't like, no matter how healthy they might be. Instead, create a lifestyle that you can maintain in the long term or rather permanently, with new habits instead of temporary solutions. Do you want to know how? Then browse my other articles about lifestyle and motivation and keep an eye on the coming articles!
Diet Myth 5: Eating as naturally as possible is best!
The Paleo diet is perhaps the best known example of this, an argument that is often made in a healthy or not discussion is how we ate in the past. Everything from nature is good, everything from the factory is not. Vitamin C in an orange is better than vitamin C from a pill. Chemical additives to foods and our diet are very unhealthy and even bad.
Except that this is nonsense. First of all, everything is chemical; everything is made up of molecules and reacts with each other according to chemical reactions. Even that wonderfully fresh fresh melt water from the most remote pure source in the Hippy High Mountains.
In addition, preservatives are precisely due to the fact that our foods are less likely to mold or rot, which increases the chances of ingesting natural (!) reduces toxins that are harmful.
Take advantage of it and do not fall for these 5 diet myths
Those were 5 myths that I regularly hear on Facebook or during conversations. In short: You can eat bread, or cookies, or a pre-packaged salad. You can even grab chips (no whole-grain, much salt, and it doesn't grow on a plant) without compromising your health or your results.
Of course the same applies to this story: everything in moderation. The fact that you are allowed to eat manufactured food does not of course mean that you do not need any vegetables, fruit or dietary fiber. The fact that adding some salt is not necessarily bad does not mean that buying a new salt barrel per week is sensible.
Use common sense, eat moderately, and most importantly, use calories for food that you like. Even if this would lead to a suboptimal diet that you can sustain, your results will still be better than an optimal diet that cannot be sustained for a long time.
Jan Willem van der Klis