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The Top 3 Nutrition Myths Debunked: What's Actually Healthy?

July 10th, 2024 | 4 min. read

The Top 3 Nutrition Myths Debunked: What's Actually Healthy?
Brad Atkinson

Brad Atkinson

Motion Specialist // Certified Personal Trainer // SFGII // SFL //Nutrition Coach // TPI // EW Motion Therapy Homewood

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When looking up nutrition information online or even trying to read labels in the grocery store, it's very easy to get confused and overwhelmed. The industry is full of information, but what should you believe? How do you know a nutrition resource is trustworthy? 


There are reliable resources online, but there are also some pervasive myths about nutrition you might be believing. If you're tired of online research, a professional like a nutrition coach can help disprove myths about food and help create a habit-based plan tailored to your goals. Our nutrition coaches at EW Motion Therapy consider it a privilege to do this daily for our clients. However, even if you decide that our services don't fit your needs, you can still read on to learn more about the most common nutrition myths and how to determine whether online resources are trustworthy.


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Myth 1: Crash diets are the best way to lose weight

The concept of crash diets as a quick fix for weight loss is a popular myth. These diets often involve severe calorie restriction with the promise of rapid results. However, they are not sustainable long-term and can lead to nutritional deficiencies and other health problems. Weight lost from crash dieting is typically regained once a person resumes their everyday eating habits, leading to a cycle of yo-yo dieting that can be detrimental to metabolic health.


Moreover, crash diets can slow your metabolism because the body adapts to the limited caloric intake by conserving energy. Healthy weight loss involves a balanced diet and lifestyle changes that can be maintained over time, including regular exercise and fewer calories.


Myth 2: Carbohydrates are the villain of the nutrition world

Carbohydrates have been unfairly demonized in the world of nutrition. While it is true that certain types of carbohydrates, such as refined sugars and highly processed grains, can contribute to weight gain and other health issues, not all carbs are bad. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are sources of complex carbohydrates that provide essential nutrients, fiber, and energy.


Complex carbohydrates are broken down slowly by the body, leading to a more gradual increase in blood sugar levels. They are an essential part of a balanced diet. They can help with weight management, digestive health, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases—the quality and quantity of carbohydrates consumed matter most, not the macronutrient itself.


Myth 3: You need to take supplements or medication to lose weight

Supplements or medication for weight loss should be approached with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional. While certain medical conditions may require weight loss medication, for most people, sustainable weight loss can be achieved through dietary and lifestyle changes without the need for supplements.


Supplements may benefit specific nutrient deficiencies, but they are not a magic solution for weight loss. Focusing on a nutrient-rich diet, regular physical activity, and behavioral strategies for weight management is essential. If considering supplements or medication, it's critical to consult with a healthcare provider to discuss the potential benefits and risks.


How can I determine which nutrition sources are trustworthy?

Determining the credibility of nutrition information can be challenging with the vast resources available. To ensure reliability, look for information from reputable organizations such as government health departments, professional health associations, and academic institutions. Peer-reviewed journals and articles written by registered dietitians or healthcare professionals with expertise in nutrition are also trustworthy sources.


Be skeptical of sources that make exaggerated claims, sell products, or lack scientific backing. Check to see if the information is up-to-date and consistent with current dietary guidelines. When in doubt, consult a healthcare professional for personalized and evidence-based nutrition advice.


What are the benefits of getting professional nutrition advice?

Professional nutrition advice from a registered dietitian or a qualified nutritionist can provide numerous benefits. These professionals can offer personalized guidance tailored to individual health needs, preferences, and goals. They can help decipher complex nutrition information, debunk myths, and develop a realistic and sustainable eating plan.


Additionally, professional nutrition advice can support the management of chronic diseases, improve dietary habits, and enhance overall health and well-being. A nutrition expert can provide motivation, accountability, and strategies to overcome barriers to healthy eating, making it easier to achieve long-term success. Our nutrition coaches at EW Motion Therapy can listen to your goals and help you build healthy habits - to learn more, click the button below to download our answers to 20 frequently asked questions. 


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