It’s hard to believe that we’re in the third decade of the 2000s! Like with each new year, the start of a new decade means looking forward to what it has to offer and looking back at some of the changes we experienced.
We started writing the Herbal One blog in 2013. Today, more than 350 posts later, we’ve covered a lot of topics, trends and tactics. But we’ve covered none of them more so than the myths that surround weight loss, healthy eating and good nutrition.
Heck, the second post on the blog, from May 27, 2013, warns about three nutrition blunders that you should avoid, including skipping breakfast, not planning your meals and grabbing a muffin at the coffee shop.
5 Weight Loss Myths We Should Lay to Rest
We have told you about all of these before. Hopefully, we can move on to better and healthier things in the 2020s.
- Eating Fat Will Make You Gain Weight – There are two important reasons why we need to get past this one. First, you need fats in your diet to stay alive. Second, if you avoid too many fats, especially the healthy ones, you can do more damage to your health, and weight, than good.
- A Calorie is a Calorie – Calories are units of energy in the foods you eat. But different types of foods and nutrients are processed differently by your body. The calories from some foods are processed faster, and stored as fat in your body sooner, than others. In practical terms, 100 calories from a donut will more likely show up on your hips than 100 calories from an apple.
- All Carbs are Bad – Nope. Carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients, along with fats and proteins, that you need in your diet for proper nutrition and health. In fact, most people should get most of their calories from carbohydrates.
- Gluten-Free Helps You Lose Weight – Nope. Food manufacturers have used “gluten-free” to market their products as being healthier, including by helping you lose weight. A food being gluten-free only helps the relatively small number of people who suffer from celiac disease.
- Healthy Food has a Bland Taste – Anyone who has managed to transform their diet to a healthy one will tell you two things. First, there are many delicious healthy options, including vegetables, seasonings, naturally sweet fruits, beans, seafood, and more. Second, once you make the transition, many of the foods you thought you couldn’t live without, like cake and salty snacks, will be the ones that taste bad.
To learn more about the truth of how to healthily lose weight, and keep it off, visit your nearest Herbal One location and talk to one of our expert nutrition consultants.
And to find out a few more myths to watch out for, check out our post “Let’s Bust Some Weight-Loss Myths”.