10 Amazing Food Facts Every Fit Girl Needs To Know
New Year’s Eve is, of course, a cause for celebration. Another year is over and a new one is about to begin. For lots of women, the new year also means the chance to make another resolution. And for many of us, the resolution is often the same: We want to lose weight.
The are many reasons why girls find it hard to lose weight, not least because motivation is supremely complex. But sometimes we find it hard to shift weight simply because we aren’t in possession of the correct facts.
There are lots of myths about food swirling around. One dietician on TV might say one thing, while another says another thing. And then there’s your mom who tells you to eat more greens while your grandmother (god bless her) tells you to eat more cake.
To help you separate the facts from the fiction, here are 10 amazing food facts that every fit girl needs to know.
Added Sugar Is A Big No-No
Everyone knows that sugar is bad, right? But while some say that sugar is just empty calories that aren’t going to do you too much harm, others will tell you that sugar can lead to disease which can actually kill.
Added sugar is rich in empty calories. It also contains zero nutrients. As such, it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out that if you consume lots of sugar, you will end up with a nutritional deficiency.
Sugar is also linked to obesity, diabetes and even heart disease. This is because its fructose content is metabolised by your liver only. Over time, it can cause liver disease, as well as insulin resistance. Worse still, it stops being affected by leptin, a hormone which stops you from wanting to get fat.
Healthy Foods SHOULD Go Bad Quickly
I know how it is. You bought some “healthy” food a week ago and it still looks amazing. That’s because it’s so healthy, right? Yay!
Well. Not really.
Healthy food isn’t supposed to stay fresh for very long. Indeed, food only stays “fresh” for a long period of time if it’s been chemically altered with preservatives and additives.
Omega 3-Fats Are Essential
Omega-3 fats are essential for a properly functioning human body, but many of us simply don’ get enough of them.
Around 35% of the polyunsaturated fats in your brain are made up of omega-3’s. They basically make you smart.
As a result, if you don’t consume enough omega-3’s via your diet, you could end up with a poor IQ, as well as a variety of mental disorders, including depression.
You can get omega-3’s from plants or animals, such as salmon.
A Universally Perfect Diet Doesn’t Exist
You might think there is such a thing as a perfect diet that suits everybody – but you’d be wrong. Everyone is unique, and as such what is right for you depends on a few factors, including culture, genetics, body type and even environment.
For some, a low-carb diet works best, while for others a plant-based diet will be most effective. What works for you might not work for your partner.
It isn’t easy to find out what diets are right for us, but the best way to learn more about this is to carry out a few experiments. Try different dishes and meal plans and see how you feel.
Added Salt Is Bad For You
Added sugar is bad for you, and so is added salt. Despite this, the average American adult gets through about 3,000 mg of salt each day. Incredible, right?
The daily recommended amount of salt for anyone is just 2,300mg, which means that too many of us are over-indulging.
Carbs Are Essential
If you’re trying to lose weight and decide to cut out carbs because “carbs make you fat”, remember that carbs are actually essential.
In fact, carbs are your body’s prime source of energy. They break down into glucose during digestion, and are then pulled into your cells.
Vegetables Are AMAZING
Of course you know that vegetables will give your health a kick. Your mom has been telling you this ever since you were a kid. But have you ever taken it on board and actually acted on the advice?
Many of us simply don’t eat enough vegetables. But if you skip veg, you’re missing out on essential micronutrients, including minerals, fibre, antioxidants and vitamins.
Eating more vegetables has also been linked to a reduced risk of developing a whole host of debilitating diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Vitamin D Deficiency Is Scary
I say this because vitamin D is a very special vitamin which works as a sort of steroid hormone in the human body. When your skin has been exposed to the sun’s UV rays, it actually make vitamin D and this is how most of us get our D fix.
But more and more of us are lacking vitamin D, whether it’s because we don’t get out as much as we used to do, or the sun doesn’t shine very often where we live. And because we’re scared of skin cancer, we apply sunscreen, which protects our skin – but prevents our body from producing vitamin D.
Vitamin D deficiency means you’re lacking a key hormone, and this can lead to an increased risk of disease, such as cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.
It’s All About Quality And Not Quantity
The typical dinner plate in 2016 is actually almost 40% bigger than the one in the sixties. This means that we are eating too much.
Think of it like this: When your full, it takes your stomach fifteen minutes to tell your brain. This means that you could easily end up overeating without even realising it.
Many of us do not need to eat as much as we do. For a healthier you, try eating from smaller plates.
Meat Is NOT The Best Source Of Protein
Always thought that meat was the best source of protein? Think again. Despite what your gym-obsessed buddy might tell you, plants and fish are actually the best source of protein on the planet because they contain more complete proteins. For example, quinoa contains all the essential amino acids.