Ask yourself this question: what is the best diet plan for you? Do you perhaps use Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig? Maybe you dabble in Nutrisystem or have a different home delivery system. Are either way these the correct diets for you? Here are some of the things everyone gets wrong about dieting guidelines, whether it be counting, certain foods or other difficult to follow rules. Pay attention as there may be a test at the end.
Instead of a diet plan, let’s look into diet guidelines. The rumor versus the truth.
I do not like eggs. It is a texture thing. When diets say, best diet plan should include plenty of egg whites I just say this diet is not for me. Others research and think eggs are bad for them. Is that true? The research states that eggs are great, if you are looking to lose weight. They have a healthy amount of protein and quite nutritious. Do not believe the hype that they are not heart healthy. As with any food, eat them in moderation. I don’t believe it’s recommended to eat a dozen eggs a day. But, having one or two does not hurt.
2. Saturated Fat
By now you should realize a fat-free diet is not only difficult but extremely unhealthy and bad for you. You need fat to burn fat. What about Saturated fats, though? Look at foods that are good for you: coconut oil, cheese, dairy. The list goes on. These foods do not cause heart disease, if eaten in moderation. A healthy amount of saturated fats are good for you, even a nice lean piece of steak has its health benefits. Just do not eat steak and salad every day thinking it is balanced.
Looking at different diets, some say you should stay away and then there are those, who are allergic. Therefore, it is toxic for everyone’s body to eat bread. This is ridiculous. Eating whole wheat bread is healthy for you and has fiber in it. This keeps you balanced and regular. If you have an allergic reaction that is one thing. But, if not, then there is no reason you cannot eat toast in the morning.
4. Too Much Protein
Does it cause osteoporosis and kidney disease? Does the protein steal calcium from your bones? The truth is no. If you weight lift, having a high protein diet is healthy. For those of us who exercise, but not as serious, our diets should be more balanced. Protein is good, but we do not need as much of it. Stick to nice lean means such as chicken and fish.
5. Small Meals vs Large Meals
Which is correct: small meals throughout the day or just three large meals a day? The truth is, it only matters how many calories you eat during the day. If you snack throughout the day you are not going to need a large meal. Do what is best for you. If for your workout regime it is better to have smaller meals then do that, if not then three larger meals a day is perfectly adequate.
6. What Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories
I am a self-confessed carb-o-holic. I would rather have a bagel for breakfast than something protein rich. I can feel myself become hungrier though if I do not have a Greek yogurt instead. This makes sense that more calories should be from protein than carbohydrates. Carbs are not bad, but should be limited more if trying to lose weight, especially if they are processed carbs.
There is always an argument about which oils are best. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is great, but what about Vegetable oil? Studies are proven that Omega 6 fatty acids and polyunsaturated fats can increase heart problems. For Omega 3 stick to fish oils. Avoid Vegetable oil at all costs.
Saved the best for last. All natural sugars are perfectly healthy for you. It is when they are processed, they become more harmful and can often be empty calories. If you are not a CrossFit enthusiast, then having an Oreo every once in a while is okay. Just do not eat the entire sleeve.
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