There are so many misconceptions and misinformation regarding nutrition. It can be hard to distinguish between fact and fiction. Understanding nutrition facts can help you choose what is best for you. Below are 10 common sense tips about nutrition to help you get started on a healthier lifestyle.
10 Common Sense Nutrition Tips
- Food is not just food. It is information that speaks to our genes. Food “converses” with our DNA to switch on our genes for health or disease (this depends on the food).
- Fat speeds up your metabolism and carbs slow it down. For weight loss, increase your healthy fats and ditch the processed carbs (stick with the healthy ones in veggies and fruits).
- Calories matter but don’t need to be counted. Try to live by the 80/20 rule (80% of the time eating good fats, lean proteins and veggies/fruits. If you really want to ramp it up go with 90/10).
- Added Sugar is the culprit for our mostly obese society – not fat (healthy fats should be consumed at every meal). The obesity epidemic started around 1980 – when low fat diets became the norm and sugar was added to just about everything for better taste.
- The number your see on the scale is not a complete picture of your health.
- Low fat diets were the biggest lie – you should never eat anything low fat.
- Soda and fruit juice – just say NO! Nothing more to say.
- Health claims on packaging should not be trusted. There is too much ambiguity in the facts.
- Most gluten free foods are still processed foods. Stick with foods that are naturally gluten free – high fats, good proteins and vegetables/fruits.
- Your overall health is the goal – not just weight loss.
When it comes to better nutrition for your health, always research any information that you are given r hear about. Try things out and if they don’t work for you, move on to something else. Good nutrition starts with healthy fats, lean proteins, vegetables/fruits, plenty of water and daily exercise/movement.
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Adapted from Healthline and Food, What the Heck Should I Eat
Great blog post with simple common sense statements about nutrition that we seem to overlook looking for the latest fad or easy weight loss. I need to do better with more vegetables and fruit.
It’s not easy. I fall off the bandwagon all the time. The key is to get back up! Stay tuned for my self challenge blog post!
Wow! Great list of tips! I did not realize the real enemy is sugar! Or the importance of good fat! And I love the idea of not working so much for the number on the scale, but for overall health! I needed this post! Thank you!
Sugar is the root of obesity especially added sugar. I do work for overall health but my next post is about my self challenge and it will have a number goal!
Thanks for the research. Seems so counterintuitive to eat fat to loose fat, but like you pointed out there is a difference in the kinds of fat. 👍
It is scary at first but it really does work!