2019 has come to an end. Most of us look back, reflect and think about last year’s highlights and what we should do more or less this year. At Velocity, we promote a healthy way of living not only through our classes but through the motivation to live a healthier and balanced life. Naturally, nutrition is a vital part of a healthy life.
In almost every newspaper, blog article, on instagram and many other sources of information, we read and hear about so many nutrition tips and facts. And everyone says something different. Sometimes you don’t know anymore what you can and can’t believe, right?
Although we aren’t certified nutritionists, we’d love to help you sort through some of the information. Here are 10 Myths we think you can leave behind in 2019:
1. A calorie is a calorie.
The nutritional value of ready-to-go processed food is lower than that of fresh food. This makes people who tend to eat processed foods prone to a higher day-to-day calorie consumption than those who eat fresh, whole foods.
2. Superfoods are real.
Recent studies have shown that, as it happens with food supplements, superfoods alone can not substitute a healthy well-balanced diet.
3. Taking supplements is just as good as eating them whole.
Whole food, such as fruits, vegetables and grains contain beneficial carotenoids, flavonoids and antioxidants that aren’t found in powders and capsules
4. Carbs make you fat.
Carbohydrates are one of the main blocks of food, along with proteins and fats that are essential for the body to function. People should focus on avoiding low quality carbohydrates, such as sugars, to improve their long-term health.
5. Fat is bad.
Fat tends to be more energy-dense than carbs, and the human body needs them to function properly. However, liquid and unsaturated fats have a higher nutritional value than saturated fats, which contribute to weight gain increase heart disease risk.
6. The diet that worked for your friend will work for you.
No two people respond to diet, processed sugars and fats in the exact same way. Each person has different metabolism and, subsequently, the same diet can yield different results.
7. Detoxing is something your body can’t do on its own.
Your liver and kidney’s main function is detoxing. Following a healthy diet rather than a long detox diet can oftentimes yield the same results. To read more on detoxing, see our recent blog post here.
8. You should eat 3 meals a day.
Latest studies suggest that a smaller evening meal or limiting food consumption to 10-hour window can lead to weight loss and prevent inflammation.
9. You should snack to keep your metabolism going.
The frequency of your meals is not as important as the quality of the food. Especially when snacks are ultra processed, high in sugars and saturated fats, there is no gain to small meals in a day.
10. Eating lots of protein is good.
Again, there is nothing better than a healthy well-balanced diet. Vegetables contain fiber that is important for proper bowel function while at the same time, they are low in fat, calories and have no cholesterol.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email our studios. We are motivated to give you some more tips and support you in living a healthy and myth-free 2020.
Have a great start into 2020 and we hope to see you soon!