Nutrition science is always headed back to the drawing board to refine and revise nutrition knowledge so that we can all stay on the cutting edge of preventive health. Unfortunately, such frequent updates often leave us confused about what we should and should not eat, plus how and when and how much. Thanks to recent studies, some diet advice is going out the window and being replaced by exactly the opposite of what we’ve all thought to be true for so many years. Here are some examples you just might not believe, but are backed by science:
- Eat carbs to get lean: You’ve probably heard the opposite of this so many times that you have nightmares of bread chasing you down, trying to attached to your love handles – at least I know I do. However, despite what Dr. Atkins, Paleo and all of South Beach say, carbs are not the enemy. Want proof? “Before 1991, when Japan was considered a carb-dominant society, diabetes and obesity rates were never greater than three percent of the population,” says Adam Bornstein, nutrition writer for Shape magazine. The carbs that those high-protein diets are really fighting are the refined, high-sodium, high-sugar, highly-processed, highly-chemicalized nonsense that your body barely recognizes as food. The truth is, your body absolutely, positively needs carbs for fuel. In fact, eliminating too many carbs could throw your body into starvation mode which would result in your body storing up emergency fuel in the form of fat around your middle.
- There is a weight loss pill worth buying: Ok, maybe not a pill in the way you’re thinking of it. What I mean to say is, Vitamin D supplement. You’re supposed to be able to get this much needed vitamin from the sun, but most people don’t get enough. You can also get it in its natural form from foods like lard, butter, grass-fed beef, which again, most people just aren’t eating on a regular basis. So, to be safe, you can take it in supplement form. Vitamin D is one of the most essential vitamins for overall health and it doesn’t scrimp on keeping you thin either. Vitamin D stimulates leptin which makes you feel full so you don’t overeat. It lowers the stress hormone cortisol so you can burn more fat and it also decreases your parathyroid hormone which is responsible for storing that fat in the first place. Win. Win. Win.
- Exercise on an empty stomach: Here’s one more excuse not to throw exercise down the drain. How often have you skipped the gym after work because you didn’t have time to eat beforehand? Well, never again. You see, eating too close to a workout could actually do more harm than good. Your digestive system needs a lot of time to break down food and send it to your muscles and organs for fuel. So, it’s actually better to eat several hours before you work out – you’ll have plenty of fuel and you won’t feel sick to your stomach from all that undigested food sloshing around.
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