I’m just going to get to the point here because your time is valuable and I respect you…
As it relates to nutrition, good health and what we should be eating / not eating to look & feel out best;
The level of misinformation on the internet or being spread by individuals like that one coworker who’s 25 pounds overweight, yet seems to always be up on the latest and greatest quick fix, fad diet has gotten completely out of control!
There’s misinformation, outdated information, information being represented out of context and then there are just flat out lies being pushed with a back seat agenda attached…
There’s a lot of B.S. out there, but here are 3 of the worst lies that have made America Fat and Sick…
A Calorie Is a Calorie
It’s often suggested that the only thing that matters for weight loss is “calories in, calories out.”
Depending on the context, I suppose this statement can be true, but to avoid confusion I’m just going to put it out there and tell you that anyone who says that is an idiot & not someone you should take advice from.
It would be convenient to think you can eat whatever you want and as long as you’re in a deficit still be able to lose weight, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.
The truth is that calories matter… But the types of foods we are taking calories from are just as important.
Different foods directly impact our hormone functions, internal processes, regulate when and how much we eat, as well as play a role with the amount of calories we burn throughout the day, aka our metabolic rate.
Here is an example that may help put it into perspective…
Let’s say you have 2 people who are currently the same age, weight, body type and get in the same level of activity at the start…
They are both going to change their eating habits over an 8 week period to determine what impact it plays…
Best guess, who do you think would look better, have higher levels of energy, focus, mental acuity, be in a better mood, have better workouts and a faster metabolism at the end of 8 weeks?
The person eating 2,500 calories of McDonald’s in total one meal per day…
The person who consumes 2,500 calories throughout the day that’s divided broken between 4 meals that consist of quality protein, carbohydrates, veggies and healthy fat?
Hopefully, I’ve made my point in layman’s terms…
But to further articulate why a calorie isn’t just a calorie in a more factual based narrative, let’s look at the nutrient protein and the effects it has on the body…
Eating protein can boost the metabolic rate
Protein consumption reduces appetite compared to the same amount of calories from fat and carbohydrates.
Protein intake can also increase the amount of lean muscle you have, which will invariably lead to improved aesthetics in the body as well as allow the body to burn more calories around the clock naturally!
Even though calories are important, saying that they are all that matters when it comes to weight loss or good health for that matter is irresponsible and even dangerous!
Red Meat Is Bad for You
Blaming new health problems on foods that have been around forever is ludicrous!
Recently meat has come under heavy scrutiny with the popular Netflix documentary Game Changers that made headlines.
I don’t want to go into details here on the documentary, but it basically was condemning meat and promoting a vegan lifestyle as the end all be all as it relates to good health, improved performance and an enhanced physique…
It essentially positioned a plant-based diet against a non-vegan diet – and compared the benefits of the two…
The non-vegan diet which unknowingly to the viewer was the standard American diet, which isn’t very good!
It may help to know that 3/4 of the adult population is currently overweight or obese. It’s not meat that’s causing that. It’s eating like sh*t all the time that is.
This film was funded in part by James Cameron who also is one of the primary investors of a new start-up company that will be the biggest vegan supplement line on the planet….
Do you think there’s a possibility there could have been a bias in the narrative of the film?
Back to the subject at hand…
One example of that comes to mind as pertains to new health problems being caused by foods that have been around for a long time, is animal meat…
The same animal meat mind you that humans have consumed for millions of years.
For some very strange reason, many people are now blaming meat for diseases like heart disease and type II diabetes, which in the grand scheme of things, are “relatively new.”
Like calories or anything else, not all meat is created equal…
But to be perfectly honest, not all meat is actually meat!
While it is true that processed meat is associated with all sorts of diseases, as well as linked to obesity, the same is not true for unprocessed meats.
“Processed meat is considered to be any meat which has been modified in order either to improve its taste or to extend its shelf life. Methods of meat processing include salting, curing, fermentation, and smoking.”
Obviously, when something is added to our foods that significantly modifies its shelf life and flavor profile, things can get pretty risky.
I don’t think it should come as a surprise to anyone to hear that the “meats” you’re going to find at McDonalds, Taco Bell or any other fast food chain are not conducive with good health, or an impressive physique.
It’s pretty unreasonable to blindly group the “heavily processed” meats you’ll find at those establishments with things like 93% ground beef, elk, bison, tenderloin or any of the other meats that we use at Nutrition Solutions to help our clients crush their goals!
Studies have shown that unprocessed red meat does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes.
Additionally, there is a very weak association with cancer, but any link that may be referenced is most likely caused by excessive cooking of the unprocessed meat or other dietary components present within the individuals diet which can’t be individually accounted for.
The truth is red meat is actually incredibly nutritious and advantageous to our health!
It’s filling, absorbed by the body well & packed out with vitamins, minerals, quality proteins, healthy fats & various micro nutrients that are important for the body & brain!
Eggs Are Bad for Your Health
Eggs have gotten a bad reputation in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.
Additionally, in the United States eggs that are consumed in restaurants can actually not be real eggs, but egg substitutes, which who the hell knows what that actually is?
What we do know it’s definitely not one and the same as real eggs.
Beyond that, breakfast cooks will often add a significant amount of butter, oils and other “additives” to improve taste & texture…
Unfortunately, this adds a massive amount of nutrient lacking calories, in addition to other ingredients that do not support a healthy lifestyle.
Real eggs are actually incredibly nutritious and have been commonly been referred to as “nature’s multivitamin” by health & medical professionals.
Think about it like this…
1 egg has enough nutrients to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken!
That’s pretty crazy right?!
Despite being high in “good” cholesterol, eggs don’t really raise the “bad” cholesterol in the blood.
Despite all the warnings about eggs in the past few decades, studies show that they are NOT associated with heart disease.
Eggs are pretty much the perfect food for humans, hence why we incorporate them into our companies menu items from time to time and use them in all of our protein baked goods that our clients can’t get enough of!
They’re loaded with protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals & also rare antioxidants that help keep our eyes healthy!
Despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs at breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to the traditional choices most Americans make as it relates to their breakfast choices.
I appreciate you investing your time here to educate yourself and get better. Feel free to share this with anyone who you think may benefit from it!