When it comes to healthy eating, many people do research online and decide their healthy choices.
For those who can afford to pay a dietician, they take advice from them based on their individual health needs.
And of course there are thousands of Gurus available online who offer advice through their Podcast, Blogs, Forums, etc
We analyzed the trend and found that even gurus make these 5 mistakes when it comes to healthy eating choices.
So are you ready to bust some common myths about these healthy eating preferences?
5 Mistakes That Even Gurus of Healthy Eating Make
Even though there can be many more mistakes but we are focusing only on top 5 choices where experts can go wrong.
1. Buy Only Low-Fat Products
Fat has got so much bad press that some experts immediately recommend taking only low-fats foods.
This can be challenging for some people as it can create other health challenges.
So rather than switching to low-fat products immediately, focus on balancing the fat intake.
This is more common for those who are eating low-fat to lose weight. While many studies are being done or have been done, more research needs to be done.
We would like to share this study with you which is at least encouraging in terms of favoring low-fat diet up to some extent – “Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis” and want to share the highlights of this study.
This study included 53 trials and a total of 68,128 participants participating in the study for more than one year.
- When compared to low carbs diets, low-fat diets were found to be slightly less effective for weight loss.
- Low-fat diets were more effective for weight loss than no dietary intervention at all. The analysis found that people on a low-fat diet lost 5.4 kg (11.9 lbs) more weight, on average, than those who did not alter their diet.
- This indicates that low-fat diets are not completely useless for weight loss. Going on a low-fat diet is definitely a better weight loss strategy than continuing to eat a Western diet. However, higher-fat and low-carb diets are even more effective.
2. Buy More Fruit Juices Than Fruits
We believe this is more a marketing gimmick than the reality. Because when we take juice in place of the whole fruit, we miss fiber and many other nutrients are lost.
Also to make the juice tasty, some companies add sugar and other flavors.
Our suggestion is to focus on getting fresh fruits and enjoy that rather than fruit juices.
3. Buy Energy Drinks Than Plain Water
Some people buy many energy drinks throughout the day to keep them going and skip taking plain water.
Whatever is your choice, we always suggest taking plain water more than any other drink. Just make sure you take only that water which is safer to drink.
The main purpose of the Sports drinks is to provide immediate energy to perform intense physical activity. In fact, some energy drinks were developed to help replenish carbohydrates and electrolytes to support high intense sports. Unfortunately now these drinks are being marketed to the masses. Some of these drinks do contain excessive calories and substantially increase the risk of obesity in both children and adults.
The best drink is plain water and keep yourself hydrated by drinking it throughout the day.
4. Buy Gluten-Free Products Only
You may have noticed that Gluten-Free products are becoming a craze now a days. Once again this is a marketing tactic where some experts are recommending gluten-free products more often. If you have been prescribed gluten-free due to gluten intolerance, that’s a different scenario. But don’t switch to gluten-free on your own as you can do more harm than good for your health. Always consult a health care practitioner before switching it.
If you are wondering what’s gluten-free really means, we are sharing our perspective with you.
You may have notices some restaurants or grocery chains providing following products:
- Gluten-Free but not for celiacs
While each company may be trying to help the consumers, it may be creating more confusion for you. So dig deeper before eating anything if you are gluten sensitive.
5. Buy Organic Products Only
This is another trend being promoted by health enthusiasts and experts.
If you are wondering what’s the difference between organic and non-organic or conventional food, just keep in mind that for the organic products the main difference is how the foods are produced. Organic food like vegetables, fruit, eggs, milk and meat is produced without the use of the following:
- No pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers and organic farmers may use only natural pesticides approved for organic food production.
- No genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- No antibiotics or growth hormones
- No irradiation (a way to preserve food with radiation energy)
While all of the above is good for health, many other farmers who grow their foods locally in smaller communities follow the above practices and don’t call their products organic as it costs money to get the organic certification. So rather than simply paying a high premium, check it out with your farmer’s market sellers if they are following the above practices and their produce can be cheaper too.
No matter what’s your situation, always keep in mind that healthy eating is better than any other manipulated food plans.
So eat healthy, eat wholesome foods and eat a balanced diet along with daily exercises to lose weight, maintain weight or gain weight and enjoy life everyday!