5 Diet Tips That Actually Harm Your Health

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    With all of the available resources these days, it's hard to tell who's telling the truth when it comes to proper nutrition for weight loss and good health.

    People have been advised to try all sorts of odd diets that don't make sense when it comes down to it. Not only are they useless, but they can get you stuck in a deeper hole than where you started!

    Here are the top 5 contenders for the worst diet advice in history. Be aware so you can stay away from falling into these diet traps!

    1. Throw away the egg yolks.

    Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet.

    Yolks have gotten themselves a bad reputation over the years because they are high in cholesterol. 30 years ago, society thought cholesterol was the bane of disease and malnutrition. But with much more research and technology done since, cholesterol is not what is causing the obesity epidemic, it's processed foods.

    Many studies have looked at whole egg consumption and blood cholesterol, and in 0% of people, eggs have no effect on cholesterol levels.

    Eggs have amazing benefits:

    • They're loaded with high quality protein, healthy fats, vitamin minerals and antioxiidants
    • They're very high in choline, a brain nutrient that 90% of people need more of
    • They contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin, antioxidants that are highly protective for the eyes

    Enjoy your eggs, and eat the yolks. It's got all the nutrients in there while the whites are mostly just protein.

    2. Everyone should eat a low-fat, high-carb diet, even diabetics.

    This theory was originally based on a couple poorly conducted observations on animal experiments and by misguided political decisions.
    Based on endless scientific research, the low-fat diet is proven to be a failure. Almost every time it is up against another diet in a study, it is the loser.

    Carbohydrates spike blood sugar. How can this advice ever have been given to a diabetic?! Your body also reads things like wheat as sugar. If you eat a piece of white bread, your body will read it as white sugar. So obviously, a high-carb diet never makes sense for weight loss or a healthy body. A low fat diet almost never has higher benefits when compared to other diets.

    3. A calorie is a calorie. Food quality does not matter.

    Focusing on calories will get you no where. Yes, portion control is important and daily calorie intake verses calorie loss is important. But not all calories are equal.
    Think about this: is the sugar in an apple as bad for you as the sugar in ice cream? No, because it is natural sugar. Man made sugar is the problem and one of the many things that differentiates calories in ice cream and an apple.

    Calories are important, but you can still lose weight without counting them every day. It's crucial to understand the different effects on our body and organs from the versatile types of foods we eat.

    Here's two examples of this:

     Protein: Eating a high protein diet can boost your metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and reduce cravings. Protein calories have a different effect than carbohydrate calories, which would oppositely enhance cravings.

     Satiety: Many studies show that different foods have different effects on how soon you feel full. You need much less calories to feel full from nuts or boiled eggs, compared to donuts or pizza.

    4. Use polyunsaturated vegetable oils for cooking.

    This is advice of the past.

    Soybean, corn, canola, cottonseed, and sunflower seed oil do not prevent heart disease in any way, shape or form. In fact, there have been plenty of studies done to actually show that they increase the chances of heart disease! Due to the way these oils are processed when produced, they are loaded with trans fats (the kind that you will find in McDonald's fries! Red flag!)

    Polyunsaturated fats are not healthy. Polysaturated and monosaturated fats are the kinds of fats you want in your diet, which can be found in olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados. These fats will feed your brain and send the right signals it needs to communicate with your other vital organs.

    5. Replace natural butter with processed, trans fat laden margarine.

    This is the most important to know is incorrect.

    Check out the ingredients on the back of margarine. You'll find a compiled list of chemicals, not foods. Margarine has shown increased heart disease risk.

    Butter is the best and healthy alternative - stick to that, and eliminate margarine!

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    About the author

      Andrea Villalba

      Andrea Villalba loves writing about how to live a healthy lifestyle. With a degree in communications and English, Andrea understands that it is the media’s job to share what science discovers and says in a language that the public can understand and apply to their own lives.