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Nutrition Myths We Need To Lose In 2019

Let's get a little more real about how nutrition works, please.

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1. Every diet is going to work the same for everyone.

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Eh. Just because someone really liked the Kale Juice Only, Just Kale Juice* diet useful and is feeling great on it doesn't mean you'll have the same experience. Bodies are different, and so are their nutritional needs! If you try a diet and hate it, don't force yourself to continue it. Keep looking until you've found the one that keeps you happy, healthy, and feeling great.

*This is not a real diet, but kale juice sounds kinda good?

2. Fat is always bad, and high-fat diets result in weight gain.

No! Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and other delicious foods are good as heck for you. They help keep you full and can lower your LDL (that's the bad cholesterol) and risk for heart disease.
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No! Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in fish, avocado, olive oil, nuts, and other delicious foods are good as heck for you. They help keep you full and can lower your LDL (that's the bad cholesterol) and risk for heart disease.

3. Healthy foods just don't taste as good as processed foods.

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While taste is relative to each person, you absolutely don't need to give up your favorite tastes to eat healthier! Doing some research on healthier alternatives to comfort dishes and swapping out refined sugars for sugar alcohol–based products makes the transition super easy.

4. Going low-carb deprives you of fiber from grains.

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Not so! You can easily stay on a low-carb diet while substituting classic grains like pasta with low-carb bread that's high in fiber, protein, and pretty much all the good stuff about classic carbs!

5. All carbs are equal.

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Uh, no, especially when broken down into two things: total carbs and net carbs. Total carbs are all of the carbs you consume, but net carbs are the more important ones to consider, as they are the carbs left over from carbs derived from fiber and other matter that does not convert into glucose or sugar.

6. Sugar alcohols like erythritol or xylitol are actually bad for dieters.

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Nope! In fact, many studies show that sugar alcohols may actually lead to health improvements when replacing refined sugars. There are sugar alcohols found naturally in fruits and veggies, and others are processed from other sugars. They also look just like regular crystalized sugar!

7. Skip meals and fast a lot to help you lose weight.

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Well, sure, not eating might cause you to lose weight — but at what cost? (No, seriously.) If you have a propensity for disordered eating, fasting can be dangerous, and skipping meals can make you tired, cranky, listless, and lethargic — plus, you're more likely to overeat later. You need to eat! Your body uses between 1,500–2,200 calories a day just to exist and keep you breathing, thinking, and making funny jokes on the internet. Eat so you can continue breathing, thinking, and making funny jokes on the internet!

8. Speaking of losing weight, anyone can do it if they have the willpower and just eat fewer calories than they're using.

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Maybe! Some people might find this to be true. But body weight and size are super complicated — genetics, hormones, and various external factors also affect body size. Let's be kinder to each other about our bodies in 2019.

9. Low-carb diets are dangerous and might even increase your risk of heart disease.

Nope! In fact, for many people, low-carb diets can be beneficial.
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Nope! In fact, for many people, low-carb diets can be beneficial.

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