There exists so much conflicting evidence and information surrounding us that some common “healthy” habits and diet strategies have come into our lives in spite of their unreality. It’s time now to reconsider five common assumed “healthy” habits and make a change for better health.
Cutting out fat sounds like an effective way to lose weight, but when you cut out fats, you also cut out the good fats which necessary for your brain and your heart and for fat-soluble vitamin absorption. Fat-free products often contain additional carbs and sugars. For example, one serving of reduced fat peanut butter has 15g of carbs and 4g of sugar, compared to the regular 6g of carbs and 1g of sugar. Cutting calories will be much better if you choose powdered peanut butter which is naturally low in fat, without additional carbs and sugars.
#2: Counting calories
It’s good for you to track what you consume but it’s not good at all to be obsessed over calories. The amounts of calories in your body reflect how much energy your body needs to function. What’s important here is the quality of the calories. Nutrient dense foods like vegetables, nuts, fruits and legumes are always better than snack packs, which can provide the same amounts of calories but few nutrients including fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Excising every day doesn’t mean you can eat whenever you want. It’s has been proven that dietary intake is more crucial when it comes to workouts and weight loss. If exercise isn’t associated with a healthy diet, it can be worthless. Many people also believe that they burn off more calories when they exercise than they actually do and then they overindulge to compensate. So, it’s important to eat smart and exercise regularly so that you won’t gain back your weight.
Fruit juice has been very popular, but this food may be somehow counterproductive as it usually high in calories, sugars, carbs and low in protein. In addition, juicing fruits and vegetables may make you lose valuable dietary fiber which helps you feel full for a longer time. Therefore, keeping prepared fruits and vegetables on hand is a good idea that you can enjoy the convenience of a nutrient dense food.
#5: No indulging
Staying away from bad things is good but over-restriction is not a good thing at all. This practice can result in to binging and an unhealthy approach to food. A healthy lifestyle can still welcome desserts, snacks, and a glass of wine. F-Factor encourages one snack a day to keep blood sugar levels normal and avoid low-sugar spikes, which can make you feel hungry. You can take occasional chocolate instead of a whole bar at once, so you don’t have appetite for chocolate. You just need to notice your portions and remember that every day is not a special occasion.