It seems that everywhere you look there is a new article, blog or website dedicated to a nutritional topic. I have found that many of my own clients follow a few nutrition laws that have actually worked against them. They are, in fact, based more on myth than on science. Here are the top five that many of my clients have tried.
Carbohydrates Are Fattening
We all know at least one person who swears off carbohydrates. While a carbohydrate restricted diet is necessary for individuals with certain conditions, it's not recommended for everyone. Furthermore, any food course that is not utilized for energy will turn into fat, whether it's protein, fat or carbohydrate. In 2002, researchers analyzed
the diets of over 10,000 Americans by categorizing them by their carbohydrate intake. They found that those who had the highest intake of carbohydrates had the lowest overall intake of calories and were more likely to be at a normal weight. Furthermore, an article published
in 2010 found that those adults who consumed at least three servings per day of whole grains consumed significantly less added sugars, saturated fat, and cholesterol and had an overall better diet quality.
It's clearly demonstrated that complex carbohydrates are beneficial to our health and body weight. Instead of giving them up completely, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. They are digested slower and will keep you fuller longer, thus helping you to eat less throughout the day. Examples of complex carbohydrates include legumes, starchy vegetables and whole-grain breads and cereals.
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