6 healthy eating myths and facts
#1: Avoid carbs at all costs
This is one of the biggest myths when it comes to dieting and nutrition. People cannot live without the energy that is provided by carbs. In addition, the brain prefers glucose over all other sources of energy. This is why when you don’t eat enough carbs or have low blood sugar, you get moody, lethargic, and foggy.
However, people oftentimes consume too many carbs and this leads to weight gain and diabetes down the road. Cut down on refined sugar and starchy food. Instead, choose complex carbs and eat more protein. These will help you lose stubborn weight, curb cravings, and improve insulin response.
#2: Intermittent fasting can prevent cancer
Intermittent fasting (IF) is not a diet per se, but rather an eating pattern. There are no particular food restrictions for fasting, although it is best to still eat a healthy, well-balanced diet. IF works by not eating or drinking anything with calories for a certain period of time (typically 12 to 24 hours), then reserving a smaller window of time for meals.
IF is popular not only because it helps people lose weight, but because it has many health benefits. During fasting, the body uses up sugars and starts to burn fat. In addition, autophagy starts to happen, which is essentially the body clearing out old and tired cells.
Because of autophagy, fasting reduces the risk of cancer growth, inflammation, visible aging, and improves blood sugar control. However, intermittent fasting is not for everyone. Talk to your doctor to determine if this is right for you.
#3: Bacon, burgers, and cheese are okay for keto