It's never easy to get healthy and lose weight, especially when there are so many diets out there contradicting one another. Before you start any type of extreme plan, you need to know about the three most common healthy food lies.
1. Almonds pack on the pounds.
Because almonds contain fat, people assume they will make you gain weight. The truth is almonds are rich in monounsaturated fat, the good kind of fat that produces energy. And the fact that they are full of protein, antioxidants, B vitamins and zinc makes them the perfect snack, because they can help curb sugar cravings. Don't go overboard, though. The suggested serving is one to two ounces of almonds.
2. Low-fat foods mean a low-fat you.
When news spread that saturated fats clog our arteries and increase our cholesterol levels, food manufacturers started creating low-fat foods. The solution only caused more problems. First, the animal fats in products were replaced with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, a trans fat, which can actually raise bad cholesterol levels in the body and increase the risk of heart disease. Second, the lack of fat made the low-fat foods taste awful, so manufacturers started replacing fat with sugar. Suddenly these low-fat foods had about as many calories as the full-fat versions.
3. Detox cleanses rid the body of toxins.
We read and hear about juice cleanses all the time, but do they actually work? There's been no real evidence to suggest that they help detox the body. Some experts believe detoxing can do more harm than good, since radical calorie restriction often leads to muscle breakdown, fatigue, low blood sugar and mood swings.
To really be healthy, skip the extremes. Eat right, maintain a healthy weight and exercise.
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