The Worst Nutritional Advice I Have Ever Received
There is so much bad information regarding health and nutrition that it is difficult to start. From anti-carbs, to anti-fat, to pro-veganism, caveman diets, anti-meat. weight loss fads, “superfood” obsessions, etc., it seems like there is always some ridiculous health news trend out there.
Ahhhhhhhh!! This one really drives me crazy. I hear people talk about how they decided to “cut out carbs.”
So…. no more vegetables, fruits, brown rice, sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, and even some nuts?
Carbohydrates are the body’s primary energy source, and considering the fact that your brain relies on glucose for proper functioning, limiting carbohydrate intake will result in weakness, lethargy, and inability to focus on even the most mundane cognitive tasks.
Also, high-intensity activities, such as playing sports, or running will be much more challenging without carbs, as carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for high-intensity exercise.
Carbohydrates are great sources for vitamins, minerals, fiber, and energy. Without them, it is simply impossible to have a healthy, well-balanced diet.
What people need to emphasize is that, just like certain fats are bad, or certain protein sources are bad, so are certain carbohydrate sources.
Carbs, such as donuts, cakes, sweets, fruit juices, soft drinks, etc. are very bad. Unless you are in the middle of a marathon and are running low on energy stores, these carbs should be avoided.
They are highly processed, high in sugar, have no fiber, no vitamins, and are often times packed with toxic, carcinogenic ingredients.
This is probably the biggest trend in our present world. Veganism tends to have this cult-like, self-righteous following that looks at Omnivorous meat-eaters as barbaric and inhumane.
I have tried a vegan diet for a little while, and I think it has a lot of great benefits, but I am yet to find a single study linking a healthy, active, grass-fed, healthy meat-eater to cancer or heart disease.
All these studies tend to compare healthy vegans to unhealthy Omnivores. Or they will study the average meat-eater, who tends to consume vast quantities of meat from disgusting, commercialized sources, in combination with a diet high in processed carbohydrates.
Commercialized grain/corn-fed meat has fewer Omega 3’s and more Omega 6’s (types of fat), which causes an inflammatory response. Not to mention that these animals do not exercise and are pumped with antibiotics and growth-hormones.
Grass-fed meat, on the other hand, has more omega 3’s, causing an anti-inflammatory response in the body, and not to mention it has less fat and much higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals.
It is safe to say that it is healthy to consume meat from high-quality sources without fear of cancer and heart disease.
I decided to lump some of the more common ones into this last category. I will not be going into detail for all of these health myths, but I will touch on them briefly.
All of these different health fads may be true in specific instances, but are from true on a general level.
For example, breakfast is not the most important meal of the day, and it is not a big deal to skip breakfast.
However, if you have a basketball practice at 10 AM, you should probably eat something at 8 so you can have some energy.
Or if you are attempting to put on weight when bodybuilding, you probably should be eating a big breakfast.
But breakfast by itself is not all that important. In regards to weight loss, it does not matter whether you eat in the morning, at night, afternoon, etc.
Eating late at night being linked to fat gain is another myth. It only leads to weight gain if you are consuming more calories. Most of the time, when people eat late at night, they binge-eat, and will thus consume fast food and other unhealthy foods, which are much higher in calories.
As a result, weight is gained.
However, if you are consuming all your calories at midnight or 7 PM, it really does not matter.
The same rationale goes for high-fat foods, eating every 2-3 hours, carbs being fattening, dairy being a superfood, and supplements being healthy.
These claims are simply not true in most situations.
High fat foods, such as nuts, can be very healthy.
Frequent meals do not increase metabolism.
Dairy is only healthy if it is from a good source and you are not lactose intolerant. And even then, it is not necessary.
And a well-balanced diet does not require supplements. Only a diet deficient in something requires supplements. The ideal diet does not need supplements.
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About Danny Maman My name is Danny Maman. I have a real passion for health and fitness and enjoy having a life that revolves around this. I have my bachelor's degree in exercise science with a minor in allied health. I am also a certified personal trainer with ACE and am a former college basketball player.