3 Common Food and Nutrition Myths

Weight loss myths

We all know someone who believes everything they read on the internet about food and nutrition.  They’ll read on a forum that gluten makes you fat and bloated, so now they’re a gluten-free zealot. The next week it’s dairy, meat, or eggs that are bad for you. Before long, they’re living off raw broccoli and PH balanced water. 

Whether you are losing weight by yourself or with the help of our California weight loss clinic, you must have correct scientific nutritional information. Make your weight loss journey faster and more comfortable by ditching outdated but common food and nutrition myths.

Myth 1: Skipping Meals Will Put You in Starvation Mode

Your mother always said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The internet is full of horror stories of people who skipped meals and put themselves into “starvation mode” so now they can’t lose weight no matter how little they eat.

Dieting will indeed cause your metabolism to slow a little in response to lower calorie intake, however skipping meals or intermittent fasting will not put an average, healthy person into starvation mode or wreck your metabolism. 

Research suggests that intermittent fasting can be a practical and effective method for weight loss and diabetes prevention. There are many ways to approach intermittent fasting, but it should not be done haphazardly. It’s best to seek medical supervision from a California weight loss clinic before starting. 

Myth 2: You Must Feel Hungry to Lose Weight

When you cut calories with no plan, you’ll likely feel hungry. However, if you replenish yourself with nutritious foods—not empty junk foods—you’ll probably feel quite satisfied with fewer calories. You should be including lean protein (e.g., poultry, low-fat dairy) and fiber (e.g., beans, vegetables) in every meal. 

Some people find that avoiding simple carbs and adding healthy fats into their diets suppresses cravings and appetite. Drinking plenty of water and other low-calorie drinks can help prevent hunger. Much of what humans think of as hunger is emotional eating. The program here at our weight loss clinic in California can help you decipher between real hunger and emotional eating.

Also, there are supplements and medications (taken under medical supervision) that can help with appetite suppression.

If you’re continually starving or feeling weak while dieting, use the above tips to help you tweak your diet.  If you need more help, contact us so we can help you feel comfortable and satisfied with your food.

Myth 3: Raw Food is Always Better

Raw foods contain vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are not broken down by the cooking process. But it’s a myth that ALL food is better raw. All meat should be cooked to avoid harmful bacteria (or even worms), and some vegetables have benefits unlocked only by heat:

  • Kale- steaming destroys an enzyme that prevents human iodine absorption in raw kale. 
  • Asparagus- must be cooked to break down thick cell walls that prevent our bodies from absorbing nutrients. 
  • Artichokes- steaming releases their anti-oxidants. 
  • Carrots, tomatoes & spinach- All release carotenoids when steamed or boiled. 

Vitamin C is easily destroyed by cooking, so fruits that contain high amounts of vitamin C should be eaten raw (citrus, melons, and berries). Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are both cooked and raw is essential for good health, but it’s a myth that raw food is always better.

Get Help from a California Weight Loss Clinic

Reaching a plateau in your weight loss? Contact Healthy Steps, a California weight loss clinic with several convenient locations in Southern California. Our medical weight loss staff can help rethink weight loss and get you back on track.  Learn more, or contact us today to get started on your journey!

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