Today is about healthy eating! We all know that it’s important to eat healthy but lets look at the benefits and myths about it!
Top Reasons to Eat Healthy
1. Choosing whole grains, whole fruits, and whole vegetables will increase fiber intake which increases the feeling of fullness and lowers cholesterol.
2. Choosing high quality low fat dairy products will help to improve bone density.
3. Choosing both efficient and sufficient sources of protein will improve muscle and skin integrity.
4. Choosing unsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans-fat will lower cholesterol, improve skin integrity, and aid in hormone function.
5. Choosing water for hydration keeps extra calories and caffeine out and naturally boosts energy.
6. Choosing minimally processed foods will lower overall sodium intake and may improve blood pressure.
7. Choosing good sources of calories will equal good energy output.
8. Choosing a variety of food from each food group ensures nutrient balance and dietary vitality.
Myths About Eating Healthy
“Water is the only source of hydration.”
There is new research evolving that shows, while water is the best source of non-caloric hydration, decaffeinated teas and coffees are also acceptable sources of hydration. Beverages high in calories and fat are not recommended, except occasionally, and beverages with artificial sweeteners should not be the sole source of hydration daily.
“I don’t eat carbs!”
Most people don’t mean to limit “carbs.” Instead, they mean to limit starches. It is important to remember that “carbs” really include fruit, vegetables, milk and yogurt, starches, and table sugar (or any type of sugar). With the exception of sugar, these other food groups are necessary and really need to be eaten in moderation.
“When I do my cardio on the treadmill, according to the machine, I burn about 500 calories.”
The cardiovascular machines are calibrated for men. Since the average man burns more calories doing the same exercise as the average woman, the woman’s real calorie burn in approximately 2/3 of the number the machine is reading.
“I will just save my day’s worth of calories for dinner tonight.”
You cannot save calories. Anytime you over-eat, the body stores unused or unneeded calories as body fat. The human body can typically utilize 200-400 calories every 3-4 hours. Eating more than this, in some people can lead to weight gain over time.