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Diet Advice You Should Probably Ignore

By Genevieve Cunningham

There is so much diet information out there. So, so much. It seems the advice is pretty diverse, too. There is contradicting messages and evidence every which way we turn. So what do we listen to and take to heart, and what parts do we ignore? If you’re just starting out on a healthy eating path, take a look at these little pieces of advice that you should probably ignore.

Fewer Calories Are Always Better

Fewer calories are not always better. Perhaps it should say that fewer calories are sometimes better. Or even better, perhaps it should say that nutritious calories are always better. If you cut your calories too severely, it can actually backfire and keep you from losing weight. Be conscious of the kinds of food that go into your mouth, and you'll be much better off then you would be if counting calories were your only method.

You Can Never Have Dessert

Some people feel that eating healthy means never touching another sweet or dessert food ever again. If you don't like sweets, this method can work. But for most people, it really doesn't. The truth is that it is OK to occasionally splurge on a favorite food including desserts. The key is to be sparing about your choices. You don't need dessert after every meal, and you probably don't even need it every day. Eat it on occasion and your diet should still be OK.

Diet Food is Boring

There's definitely a belief that diet food has to be boring. Luckily this is not the case at all. If you're buying diet food from a particular program, it's possible that it will all be bland and boring. But if you are changing your habits at home, diet food can be delicious. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, lean meats, and plenty of spices can all be a part of a healthy menu. You don't have to eat boring. You just have to eat healthy.

It can be really difficult to decipher the good advice from the bad when it comes to eating healthy. There is just so much advice available. If you need a little help getting moving in the right direction, go ahead and ignore these typical thoughts. Go easy on yourself, be persistent, and you will reach your fitness goals before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Whittier, Calif.

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