Nutrition Mistakes You're Making
By Sara Butler
Some people have it all -- the foresight and time to plan and prepare healthy, filling meals, and the knowledge and willpower to make good food choices when they’re away from home. But for most people, navigating the world of nutrition is difficult. It’s not impossible, but it can seem daunting when trying to wade through so much information. To simplify things and help get you off on the right foot, here are some things nutrition experts wish you’d stop doing.
Cleanses may be all the rage, but they’re not doing anything your body isn’t already built to do. You have natural cleansing mechanisms in place, specifically your kidneys and liver, which do this work for you. Cleanses that are pushed online and on television are often low in protein and can lead to loss of muscle mass, too. They’re simply not healthy and they’re not going to help you get lasting results or be healthier.
Instead of a juice cleanse, focus on foods that are rich in nutrients and support a healthy body. Foods that are high in fiber are also a great idea as well as cutting back on processed foods that are high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
If you’re trying to reach or maintain a healthy weight, then drinking your calories is a bad idea. That’s because high calories drinks don’t have any staying power. You can easily blow 400 calories on a fancy coffee drink that leaves you hungry an hour or two later. Drink water and eat foods that have some crunch to them and let your body work on breaking them down. You’ll feel much more satisfied.
Fruit gets a bad reputation due to its sugar content. The important thing to understand about fruit is that its benefits outweigh the risks. That’s because the sugar in fruit is natural, so it contains phytonutrients and polyphenols that your body needs to be healthy. Plus, they’re a great source of fiber to help you feel fuller for longer. Don’t shy away from fruit, it’s good for you!
Getting Stuck in a Rut
People are often creatures of habit and if you have hit a plateau with your health and fitness, then it’s time to change things up. Step out of your comfort zone and try new foods to help jump-start things.
Making mistakes is human, but learning from them is what makes you successful and healthy!
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