There’s a lot of misinformation out there about dieting. Some people believe that the only way to be healthy is to go vegan, while others swear by the Paleo diet. The reality is that most extreme diets are less safe and less effective than most consumers think, so check out these common myths about nutrition and weight to learn the truth.
Only Skinny people are healthy
Everyone’s body is a little different. Some people seem to have no problem staying slim, while others find that no matter how much they exercise and count calories, they can’t shed those last few pounds. Believing the myth that people have to be supermodel thin to live healthy lives can be extremely damaging, as it often leads people to prioritize appearance over fitness.
Instead of focusing on being as thin as possible, dieters should try to get better nutrition and prioritize physical fitness. Most will lose weight as a side effect of improving their health, and those who don’t will still feel better. Fixating on becoming as skinny as possible has become normalized in American society, but it’s usually tied to an eating disorder and it is not healthy.
all diets require food restriction
Many fad diets come along with severe food restrictions. The Paleo diet cuts out all grains, while the vegan diet cuts out all animal products and while it’s possible that some people may lose weight on both of these diets, chances are they won’t be in great health.
The human body requires diverse macronutrients and micronutrients to function optimally, so don’t skip meals or cut out entire food groups. Focus on developing healthy food habits and getting total nutrition, not skipping meals or restricting intake of essential food groups.
Overweight People Just Lack Willpower
This insidious but persistent myth has done a lot of damage in modern society. There are a lot of different reasons people become overweight, including both medical issues and psychological issues. Finding the right weight solution requires an understanding of the underlying hormonal, medical, or psychological issues at play, so framing it as an issue of willpower is actually very harmful.
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