Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths Part 6

There’s so much advice floating around on what to eat (and not eat), it can be hard to sift out the truth. Here are some facts to help you sort through what you hear.

Food Myths

Myth 1
– Nuts are fattening and you should not eat them if you want to lose weight.

Fact – In small amounts, nuts can be part of a healthy weight-loss program. Nuts are high in calories and fat. However, most nuts contain healthy fats that do not clog arteries. Nuts are also good sources of protein, dietary fiber, and minerals such as magnesium and copper.

Tip – Enjoy small portions of nuts. One-half ounce of mixed nuts has about 84 calories.

Myth 2
– Eating red meat is bad for your health and makes it harder to lose weight.

Fact – Eating lean meat in small amounts can be part of a healthy weight-loss plan. Red meat, pork, chicken, and fish contain some cholesterol and saturated fat (the least healthy kind of fat). They also contain healthy nutrients like protein, iron, and zinc.

Tip – Choose cuts of meat that are lower in fat and trim all visible fat. Lower fat meats include pork tenderloin and beef round steak, tenderloin, sirloin tip, flank steak, and extra lean ground beef. Also, pay attention to portion size. Three ounces of meat or poultry is the size of a deck of cards.

Come back tomorrow for busting more weight loss and nutrition myths.

Reference : https://www.umassmed.edu/contentassets/5fa88184f3a441e7b61ac8e256ea5ef7/myths.pdf

28 responses to “Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths Part 6”

  1. Nice post. One of the things that I like to do is have a cup of cereal with complex carbs, nuts, and seeds for breakfast, a light lunch and moderate dinner. I follow the recommendation of using smaller plates (about 8 inches) and divide the plate in half and the remaining half into two portions. The larger half contains vegetables and the 2 smaller halves protein and carbs each. That seems to work for me. Also I try to reduce sweet drinks.

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    • Another thing you may want to incorporate is time advantage eating. Limiting the hours you eat each day may help you consume fewer calories. It may also provide health benefits, including weight loss and improved heart health and blood sugar levels. There are several forms of intermittent fasting, including a common form called time-restricted eating.

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  2. Nuts are packed full of B vitamins and potassium. Nuts like Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts, Cashews, Pecans, Macadamia Nuts, Brazil Nuts, and Hazelnuts are best as they are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids – which have been shown to reduce surges of stress hormones. A bag of mixed nuts from your local health food store sure beats a sugary candy bar from a vending machine hands down.

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    • Eating nuts as part of a healthy diet may be good for your heart. Nuts contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients. And they’re a great snack food — inexpensive, easy to store and easy to pack when you’re on the go. One drawback to nuts is that they’re high in calories, so it’s important to limit portions.

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      • Yep…very true! Nuts are like taking multivitamins. They are full of vitamins and minerals each having their own slightly unique profile. Simple peanuts are amazing…loaded with calming magnesium, contains a natural antidepressant, and lots of niacin to dilate the veins to keep the blood flowing well. Amazing!

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