1. Calories are more important than what you are eating.
While calories can be a way to track how much you are eating, it is still important to be sure that you are eating quality foods like whole foods and nothing overly processed.
2. You don’t have to exercise if you eat right.
While it is important that you consume good quality food (as mentioned previously), the best way to make sure your food is working for you is to also keep up an active lifestyle.
3. You can have as much sugar as you want as long as you are active.
Sugar is not a substantial form of nutrients. Small doses can help you power through a workout but its not something to be eating all of the time.
4. Low fat means it will help you lose weight.
Just because an item is low fat it does not mean instant weight loss. In fact often times a low fat item is less healthy and full of unnecessary sugars.
5. There is only one way diet that works.
The truth is all of our bodies are just a little bit different and some diets or ways of eating may be better for you than others. It is important to track how you feel after eating foods to find what makes you feel the best.
6. You don’t have to eat right if you take vitamins.
The best way to get vitamins and minerals into your body is through whole foods. These are great as supplements but our bodies respond best to whole foods and this should always be your first priority.
7. Caffeine is bad for your health.
While too much caffeine can certainly cause some heart issues, moderate caffeine consumption can be a great mood booster.
8. Gluten-Free is healthier for you.
For those of us who are have no sensitivity to gluten, whether something is gluten-free or not will not affect your body adversely but it doesn’t make something healthier, it simply does not contain gluten.
9. White or brown food isn’t as healthy as colorful food.
Variety is the spice of life! Eating a diet varying in food colors is great but it doesn’t mean dull colored foods are not good for you.
10. You have to eat vegetarian to be healthy.
Vegetables are great for you but meats can also provide you with protein and other really important nutrients.
11. Dairy is bad for you.
Unless you are lactose intolerant dairy can also provide some much needed nutrients to balance out your diet.
12. Fruit is bad for you because it is full of sugar.
Yes, there are natural sugars in fruit but these sugars are easier to break down in our body than refined sugars that come from processed sweets.
13. Food consumption doesn’t count if no one sees you eating them.
Even if no one is watching, your food intake is still exactly what it is. Holding yourself accountable for what you actually consumed is important to your nutrition.
14. You can only eat organic foods.
Organic foods are not the only healthy foods and non-organic foods also hold nutritional value.
15. You have to completely cut out carbs to lose weight.
While an excessive amount of carbs can cause weight gain, a moderate intake will certainly not.
16. If you eat poorly one day you may as well quit eating healthy all together.
It’s ok to be human and have days where you don’t eat as healthy, it’s all about balance.
17. Too much protein causes kidney damage.
As long as you already have a healthy, functioning kidney you do not have to worry about this. Protein is great for building muscle.
18. You have to detox your body with juices.
Consuming only juice does not automatically help you lose weight or become healthier. Regular full food consumption is good for you.
19. Salads are always the healthier option.
Sometimes salads can be less filling and cause you to eat poorly later due to being hungry. A lot of salad dressings can also be full of sugars.
20. Dried fruit is less nutritious.
This fruit is not less nutritious than the full but since it is dried the portion does seem smaller so that is important to remember.