11 Greatest Diet Myths
Ah the world of dieting. It’s a world full of mind-boggling and often unsafe recommendations. It’s a world that most will enter into at some point in their life – a very unfortunate thing.
Why unfortunate? Because diets are not sustainable and therefore, will never work in the long haul. Sure, you’ll drop a couple pounds at the beginning, but when you stop whatever you’re doing, the weight is likely to creep back on.
I came across this article and thought the writer did a wonderful job of explaining 11 of the greatest lies in mainstream nutrition. The best part – it’s evidence based and readers are able to link the actual journal article the writer is referencing. Love it.
Highlights for me (remember these are the myths that the writer is challenging):
- That eggs are unhealthy due to cholesterol levels
- That low fat diets are the way to go
- That saturated fats are bad for you and lead to heart disease
- That high protein diets put strain on your kidneys and increase the risk of osteoporosis
- That you should eat many small meals per day
As the title suggests, there are six more myths. I highly recommend you read the article.
Due to a recent dietary shift (not diet) within my household I can speak firsthand to the benefits of adopting a low carbohydrate / high fat and protein diet. While the weight loss is undeniable (and perhaps a little too fast for my liking), the emotional benefits associated with this particular eating style are remarkable. Reduced fatigue, better sleep, improved mood, more energy for skiing, hiking, and snow-shoeing. Thus, there are many benefits other than weight loss and if you’ve ever my posts on motivation, these emotional benefits are actually better predictors of long-term success.
This article may throw some of your long-held notions out the window. If it does, I encourage you to link the journal articles and read through the various studies. Understanding the science is important and it may help to quell some of your fears on the subject.