Out of all of the industries in the world, healthy living is the one which seems to attract the worst myths. Every day, we seem to come across a new “expert”, releasing information that the general public take as gospel. All of this comes at a cost to the public health.
Well, for the purposes of today, we are going to debunk some of the worst offenders when it comes to health advice. We have instead turned to some of the most respected experts in the healthy living field, and quizzed them on the worst pieces of advice that they have ever come across. Be warned, you should avoid all of the advice that they were told like the plague.
“Exercise will solve all eating problems” – Eric Walker
The first “piece of advice” we will turn to was given to Eric Walker. Walker is a certified holistic nutritionist who is writing for multiple publications including Probody.com, so it’s fair to say that he knows his stuff when it comes to healthy living.
However, it would also be fair to say that she was quite taken aback when she came across this first piece of advice. She was told once that it doesn’t matter what you eat, as long as you exercise.
Unfortunately, this is seldom the case. A bad diet is a bad diet, and this will be replicated in your waistline. Sure, you might burn a load of calories at the gym, but if you follow it up with a heavy, fat-laden meal at home you are certainly asking for trouble.
The best advice is instead to be balanced everywhere. You can even allow yourself to digress 20% of the time, if the remaining 80% you are eating correctly.
“Juice cleanses are the ultimate detox” – Eliza Savage
Registered dietician Eliza Savage has heard enough misinformation about juice cleanses to last her a lifetime. They might be hot in all the blogs right now, but most of the time they are destined to fail.
Sure, she is perfectly down with the fact that some people really do need to clean up their diet. However, turning to a juice cleanse can bring all sorts of problems. It all starts from the fact that fruits have such a high amount of sugar within them. When you then consider that they barely contain any protein or fat, it’s all going to end in tears (and a bad mood, most probably).
There can be occasions that cleanses work, but in moderation. Turning to a green smoothie can be a much better solution, even more so if you just have it over breakfast and then turn to plant-based meals for the rest of the day. At least then, you will get a balanced diet comprised of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
“It worked for my friend, so it will work for me” – Julie Upton
Being a registered dietician, Julie Upton has certainly heard her fair share of “advice” when it comes to healthy living.
Her favourite, for the wrong reasons, is when someone says that a technique, or fad, worked for their friend and will subsequently work for them. Unfortunately, dieting doesn’t quite work like that. Firstly, a lot of people are promoting products and diets for the wrong reasons, which are most of the time commercial. Secondly, everyone is different, meaning that if something works for one person it doesn’t mean to say that it is going to work for someone else.
Instead, you need to find what approach works for you, and stick to a plan accordingly.
“Artificial sweeteners are the real deal” – Jan Patenaude
Another registered dietician, this time Jan Patenaude, says that the worst advice she hears relates to artificial sweeteners. It’s really no surprise that these are so popular when you study the calories on them; after all, they do contain fewer calories than sugar.
However, it’s not until you read about all the studies of these sweeteners that the real situation starts to come to light. It’s here where you see that they can prompt all sorts of problems with your brain; which is trying to dissect the fact that you are consuming something that tastes sweet, but doesn’t provide you any energy. The end result is that you have terrible cravings.
Instead of going for the artificial option, turn to something like maple syrup or honey. This will provide you with the sweet kick that you are craving, with little nutritional loss for your body.
“All calories are equal” – Jean Miles
Finally, Jean Miles, who is a certified health coach, talks about advice surrounding calories. She has spoken to clients who have told her some weird and wonderful stories, with this next one really falling into the former group. A cardiologist once commented that a tub of Ben and Jerry’s is identical to a tub of avocadoes – as they contain the same number of calories.
Unfortunately, and we hate to break it to you, there is more to life than calories. Sure, these might affect the waistline, but you have to consider the quality of the food you are putting into your mouth. You need to make sure that all of the right nutrients are being delivered to your body and suffice to say, Ben and Jerry’s just doesn’t cut it.
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