& Other Bullshit Theories! I was going to start this post by saying that ‘at this time of year’ but in all honesty this is something that winds me up most of the year and not just in January.
But in all honesty over the past few weeks it is something that has driven me insane. You can’t turn the TV on at the moment without it peddling some way of losing weight in your face, some new and exciting diet that is going to cure the nations problems with food and lets not forget the superfoods that are going to make us live forever.
Personally I feel compelled to watch these programs to see what type of advice they’re putting out there and unfortunately many of them seem to encourage viewers to turn towards dangerous fad diets that may well offer a short term solution but could be damaging in the long term.
So here are a few home truths based upon the bullshit I have seen being promoted over the past few weeks;
LOW FAT IS HEALTHIERYour body needs fat to survive, so ultra low fat diets can be potentially really damaging. Contrary to popular belief, fat doesn’t make you fat and unsaturated fats such as those found in Avocados and Nuts are just what our bodies need to keep our hearts healthy and our blood pressure nice and stable.
SUGAR IS EVILThere isn’t a day goes by where I don’t overhear someone proclaiming the evils of sugars and I’ve known people cut out all of the wrong foods in their pursuit of weight loss because they had been taught this by their ‘Slimming Consultants’. Whilst refined sugar has zero nutritional value, natural sugars such as Fructose (Fruit) & Glucose (Carbohydrates) contain vital vitamins and minerals. Yes Fructose is turned to fat by the liver but Glucose is turned to energy. So avoid the refined Sugars, eat Fructose in moderation and eat Carbs to stay energised.
CUT THE CARBSAh Carbs, love them or loathe them our bodies actually need them and yet so many diets hail cutting them out as the answer. In the same way that we should reduce our intake of refined sugars, we should reduce our intake of energy spiking refined carbs and opt for Complex Carbs instead which are rich in fibre and will release energy slowly…Remember the glucose from above?
GO GLUTEN-FREENo, no, no, no, no! Unless you have been diagnosed with a medical reason (such as Coeliac Disease or an intolerance) preventing you from from eating Gluten, you should keep it in your diet. Many Gluten-Free products are low in fibre, vitamins and minerals and high in refined sugar and salt instead.
PROTEIN IS KING| Protein is the most widely consumed supplement around, I don’t think there are many fitness fanatics that don’t have a bag or two lurking in the cupboard somewhere and whilst this theory carries some truth, we cannot survive on Protein alone. Protein is fantastic, it enables our bodies to repair themselves and grow but it isn’t always best to find the Protein that we need in supplements because (yes you’ve guessed it) they tend to be filled to the brim with Sugars. Opt for a Vegan blend instead which have a higher nutritional value than the mainstream Whey or Casein and a more balanced supplement.
The thing we all need to remember when it comes to revolutionising our diets this month is that fads are fads because they are unsustainable. What we should be aiming for is a diet that is clean (and by clean I mean unrefined, wholesome foods) and balanced, this combined with better portion control and increased levels of activity will help us to lose weight, feel great and look fantastic.
What are your ‘diet’ experiences? Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x
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