What does our body need to feel and look healthy? Even though we cannot stress the importance of a proper diet enough, the human body may require additional supplementation to function at its best potential.
Contrary to popular belief, vitamins and supplements are just as important as food. However, they must be chosen wisely. The media has managed to ruin the way we feed our bodies to look great.
Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin C, iron and numerous other nutrients that are only in small quantities in food, must also be added to our diets for our system to feel strong and vigorous. Here are further facts that bust out the myths of a healthy diet.
Myth: Meat makes you fat
The truth is, meat doesn’t make you fat. The way you cook the meat usually does. McDonald’s meat (which only tastes like meat), fried pork meat, and junk food meat, in general, is bad for your health because it wrongfully prepared; and because it is accompanied by wrong combinations, such as fries.
Cooked on a grill and mixed with veggies, meat can actually do a lot of good to your health. Several essential vitamins and minerals are found in meat products. Magnesium, vitamins B, iron, and zinc are all found in sensible quantities in chicken, pork, and beef meat. These are importance sources of protein that fuel our body and give us energy. Rather than cook a steak in a pan with lots of vegetable oil and salt, put it on a grill and add a size of grilled veggies to the dish. It will energize your body without making you fat.
Myth: Avoid dairy products when trying to lose weight
Wrong! Dairy products are actually great at helping you lose fat. However, it is important to choose your dairy properly. Full-fat products should be avoided because they contain too much lactose (milk and sugar). Great alternatives are yoghurt, skim milk (coconut milk, soy milk), egg yolks and goat cheese.
The body needs calcium to have strong bones; if you cut out dairy from your diet, your bones will become freckle and susceptible to all kinds of illnesses. Among several other nutrients contained in dairy products, we should also mention vitamin B, zinc and protein. Stick to a calorie-controlled diet and make sensible choices. Chosen correctly, the dairy you introduce in your body help break down fat. You’ll have enough energy throughout the day because the bones and strong and the body feels good, thus accelerating the fat burning process.
Myth: No fruits when dieting
It is true that some fruits have insane amounts of sugar in them; some make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. But that’s usually because you’re not drinking enough water. Even though fruits contain water quantities, it’s not enough to keep your body hydrated.
If you’re trying to lose weight or maintain the weight you already have, it might be a good idea to limit your intake (because they have too much fructose): grapes, sweet cherries, bananas, and mangos have a lot of sugar in their composition, and rather than lose weight you’ll end up gaining weight.
Shakes and smoothies are a great breakfast snack, but they’re not recommended in the evening. To keep the body energized and packed with nutrients, better alternatives are watermelon, grapefruit, blueberries, and lemons. These don’t have that much sugar; they have more water in their composition and they help burn fat, not store it.
Myth: Carbohydrates are bad for your health
When it comes to carbohydrates, there’s a misconception that all carbs are bad for your health. They’re not! Some are actually essential for people who crave a lean, strong and beautiful body inside out. Carbohydrates are a primary energy source that the body needs to feel alive.
Simple carbs (found in soda drinks, candy, white rice, white bread, pastries, and potatoes) are made of simple sugars that digest very easily; these don’t have any value and they will only make the body gain weight. Even though fruits and veggies have simple carbs in their composition, they also have lots of fiber.
As opposite to candy and cookies, fruits slow down one’s digestion and when consumed in adequate quantities, they don’t compel the body to gain weight. Complex carbohydrates are the best. Whole grains, brown rice, and legumes, on the other hand, have a lower glycemic load. You won’t have to eat lots of them to feel full. The body gets enough faster, the body digests the food properly, and you won’t end up craving for more in 10 minutes.
Adhering to a healthy diet is a lot easier than you think. You have to learn the differences between good food and bad food; between smart cooking methods and not-so-smart cooking. Last but not least, don’t runway from vitamins and supplements. Providing that they come from natural sources, they’re more than welcomed in your daily diet.
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