Food Science: The myth about diets and how to eat well without dieting
For years we’ve been brainwashed into thinking that a certain diet will help us become happier, more successful and have a ton of people who love us. We are bombarded with a ton of new information on a daily basis about how we can lose 30 pounds in 10 days by only eating certain foods. If all of this information was true, why are most of us still struggling to look a certain way in order for society to accept us?
Diets are a temporary because there is usually an end date attached to the word ‘diet’.
– Lose 10 pounds in 1 week
– The new skinny you in 7 days
– Try the no-card diet for 30 days and drop 30 pounds.
Even though we know this not to be true, some of us still go out like champs and try and achieve these unattainable goals. Food should not be seen as a bad thing in my world, but rather something we enjoy and appreciate. There are so many things we are told to not eat and dubbed as bad for our health. Of course, one has to use logics and not consume anything unnatural, but most foods are not bad for you. I am so happy that us as a people are starting to see that there is no need to cut out any food group that comes from nature.
Here are some of the top diet myths you should stop trying today!
- Paleo guarantees weightless
I have nothing against paleo but weight loss should not always be the goal of an eating pattern. Even if weight loss is your goal, there is no guarantee that Paleo will assist you in losing weight. A high-protein, low-carb diet may sound like a gr
eat idea initially, but you can just as well ingest a lot of unhealthy foods while on the Paleo diet.
One of the controversial concepts around Paleo is that you are not to consume any grains or legumes. Now, if I can’t have my lentil soup, I am not going to be a happy camper. If you like your rice and beans don’t fret because researchers found that the benefits of consuming grains and legumes far outweigh the anti-nutrient content. Some anti-nutrients like lectins could actually be good for our bodies.
- A calorie is a calorie
Many dieters believe that a calorie is a calorie and it does not matter what you eat; only the calories matter. I’m not sure if I agree with that. If you are only consuming junk food, while staying within your calorie limits, is that really going to help your body perform at its best? Food is our fuel and what we put into our bodies will manifest in other ways. We probably could lose weight by consuming junk food but how would we feel? Would we have sufficient energy? I doubt it.
You cannot compare 500 calories of chocolate to 500 calories of broccoli. Everything we eat reacts differently in our bodies. Some in a negative way and others will assist out bodies to perform better. If you are concerned about your health, sugar and extreme amounts of fat is not going to serve you well in the end. I wonder if people decades ago knew that they had to scientifically count every calorie they consume. Let’s just enjoy our food responsibly and live life.
- Protein shakes are necessary for a healthy lifestyle
Personally, I am not a fan of anything artificial, especially if I can get the same from natural ingredients. I am not saying you should eat a steak every day, but there are healthy protein sources like, chickpeas, lentils and beans. You can get your daily recommended amount of protein by eating healthy.
Protein shakes are something invented by humans and it does not necessarily mean it is a bad thing. My only problem is that it does not compare nutritiously with heaving a balanced meal. If you are having a protein shake before a workout, it may be good, but we cannot replace a delicious and nutritious meal for a shake.
- Drinking water is a sure way to lose weight
As mentioned before, we do not promote extreme weight loss on this website, but rather attaining a healthy lifestyle through good food. You can drink all the water you want, but if you are still eating junk food, there is no guarantee that you will lose weight. There is a balance that you should find and going full on with one thing does not guarantee anything.
Consuming enough water is vital for our bodies, but it should just be a stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle. We should perhaps split the concept of water and weight loss altogether. Think about water as a necessity and weight loss as a journey. The two have been connected to tightly that we start believing that water will just wash away the extra fat. Drink water for the many benefits it gives your body aside from weights loss.
- Bread is evil
Cutting out anything completely will probably only lead to binging on it later. Imagine getting the smell of fresh, homemade bread and slapping some butter on it and not be able to take one bite. What kind of world would that be? Bread is not evil and can be enjoyed in moderation as with every other food type.
No one food is going to cause you to gain weight and feel terrible about yourself. Just look at the French with their baguettes and croissants. There is nothing wrong with having a little bread every now and then. You need to enjoy your life and try all things without the fear of gaining weight. Life is about so much more and how much fun would it be if you could never have bread again.
Everything in life is about balance and you can find your own. Do not be influenced by what society tells you to do. Instead, enjoy life, eat delicious food, sip on your glass of Pinot Noir and reduce your stress. For me, that spells a good and balanced life.
How do you eat well without going on a diet?
- Nutrition over calories
Instead of counting every calorie that passes your lips, focus on the nutritional value of the foods you eat. Food is our medicine and what we put in our bodies will show in how healthy our bodies are. Counting calories has taken over the dieting world but it really is not necessary if you eat healthy foods. Make good choices and do not restrict anything. Buy unrefined, minimally processed ingredients and cook up a storm.
- Eat the colors of the rainbow’
Nutritionists tell us to eat the colors of the rainbow because it reminds us of the variety of foods w
e can consume. Meat or protein does not necessarily have to be the star on our plates, but instead be in balance with all the other food grou
ps. We are provided with so many options that are naturally given to us through nature. The fruits, vegetables and meat we eat are already provided without any artificial enhancements. If we could get back to the basics, life would be much easier. As a society we have over complicated many things and if we just eat what is now called ‘organic’, we could live a healthy balanced lifestyle without giving it much thought.
Diets are a human created word, whereas ‘healthy living’ comes naturally to humans. We can live our best lives ever by trying to incorporate more natural ingredients into what we consume. We fight our cravings for reason unbeknownst and eat things we do not enjoy. Let’s switch things around by eating what we enjoy and recreating unhealthy meals to make them serve our bodies better.
There is also nothing wrong with having a treat from time to time and enjoying whatever your heart desires. If you eat healthy 99% of the time, you are not going to hinder your health by stepping out of the box. Have a chocolate or a burger and fries without the guilt we’ve been used to. It’s all about making wise decisions and enjoying everything you eat. That is how you can eat healthy without ever going on a conventional diet.