Top 16 Lies of Agencies and Regular Media about Nutrition

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Top 16 Lies of Agencies and Regular Media about Nutrition

Despite the scientific progress, we make every year in the field of nutrition and health, some dietary myths do not seem to go away.

There are a lot of untruths about healthy food on the internet and on television. Most people, therefore, think they know a lot about weight loss and healthy food.

They have heard what is and is not healthy through agencies, regular media, friends, family and nutritionists. Whether this is all right, they have not really thought about.

In this article, I count for good with the 16 biggest myths, misconceptions and lies that are about healthy food.

You learn, among other things:

  • The biggest misconceptions about food
  • Which products are a better alternative than bread (to prevent iodine deficiency)
  • Why dinner is not as bad as you think (if you pay attention to one thing)
  • How many pieces of fruit you can eat every day if you want to lose weight
  • Why the use of vegetable oil is not as healthy as you think
  • What is most important for permanent weight loss (more important than exercise)
  • Why eggs help very well in weight loss
  • How many grams of salt you can consume daily (it is more than you think)
  • How is saturated fat in bad daylight
  • And much, much more …

# 16: if you do not eat bread you get an iodine deficiency

Bread basketMany Western people eat a few slices of bread daily with their meals. It has become an important part of the modern diet.

Because iodine is the biggest shortage in many western countries, the governments have decided to enrich the baking salt with iodine (not surprisingly that the Nutrition Center will continue to recommend bread forever).

The recommended daily amount of iodine is 150 mcg. Each slice of bread contains 25 micrograms of iodine and at 6 sandwiches you reach 150 mcg.

Iodine is a mineral that is important for a properly functioning thyroid gland. The mineral increases the production of thyroid hormones. If you have a shortage (together with selenium and other factors) you can develop a slow thyroid gland.

A common claim is that you have to eat bread to prevent an iodine deficiency with eg misleading messages from different mdia sources. It states that you do not necessarily get too much salt if you eat bread because it depends on what you eat more BUT you do get by definition an iodine deficiency if you do not eat bread.

If you think somewhat logically, you know that the previous reasoning can never be correct …

Whether you get an iodine deficiency also depends on what else you eat. You can also extract iodine from many more products than bread. A piece of cabbage or haddock (fish) already yields 4 times more iodine than bread and in its natural form.

Below you can see an overview of products with a high iodine content:

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# 15: skipping breakfast is bad for you

Breakfast egg with toast and baconBreakfast is still seen as healthy, more important than other meals. The Nutrition Center even calls breakfast ‘an indispensable start of the day’.

These are pretty hefty claims. But are they scientifically proven?

Is skipping breakfast bad for you? The results from recent studies will surprise you.

Let me start by saying that people who eat breakfast are generally healthier than people who skip breakfast. They are less likely to be overweight and have a lower risk of different chronic diseases. That is because they mainly eat healthy.

However, the studies that show this are observational. In other words, these studies show that breakfasters are healthier on average, but they can not prove that breakfast is responsible for this.

It is more plausible that people who skip breakfast are also the people who drink more, smoke more often, are more often unemployed, go out late, etc. And that is reflected in bad health.

So you do not measure if breakfast is bad, but you measure the health of people who have an unhealthy lifestyle.

However, new randomized controlled trials (also called RCT) show a completely different story. RCT is seen as the gold standard for scientific research.

From these new studies, it appears that:

Breakfast does not stimulate your metabolism

Some people claim that skipping your breakfast slows down your metabolism. But this is big nonsense. These people mean the thermal effect of food. This is the increase in calories that are burned after you have eaten something.

The only thing that matters for your metabolism is the total amount of food you eat one day. It actually makes no difference at what time you eat or how often you eat.


Over a period of 24 hours, scientists saw no difference in the number of calories burned between breakfasters and people who had skipped breakfast.


Skipping breakfast does not cause weight gain

Contrary to what is often thought, skipping breakfast does not make you fatter. The theory behind this is that skipping your breakfast later on triggers your metabolism and that you will eat more for the rest of the day to compensate.

I have now negated the metabolic myth. But what about overeating the rest of the day when you skip breakfast?

That would be logical in the first instance, but is not supported by scientific evidence. It is true that you may be a bit more hungry at lunch, but this is not enough to compensate for your skipped breakfast.


Several studies show that skipping breakfast can reduce the total calorie intake by 400 calories per day. This is not surprising when you realize that you have removed a full meal from your diet.


Interestingly, this was not reflected in a 4-month study, in which more than 300 obese men and women were examined.

The participants were divided into two groups: one group had a daily breakfast, the other group skipped breakfast. After 4 months there was no difference in weight between the two groups. It simply did not matter whether you opted for a breakfast or not.

These results are supported by other studies, which show that skipping breakfast has no visible effects on weight loss or weight gain.

There are a whole series of more benefits of skip meals such as accelerating growth hormone production, delayed cell aging, becoming more insulin sensitive, etc. So please review my article on intermittent fasting about this or watch the video in which the myths about breakfast skipping are debunk:


In summary: high-quality studies show that it makes no difference whether people eat breakfast or not. Skipping your breakfast does not cause a delayed metabolism.


# 14: eating late in the evening makes you fat

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11 Reasons Why You No Longer Losing weight Despite Your Healthy Diet

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11 Reasons Why You No Longer Losing weight Despite Your Healthy Diet

 

You are losing weight and the pounds you are losing surprisingly fast. But then you reach a plateau. You do not lose weight despite your healthy diet. Your weight does not drop anymore. In the worst scenario, you do not lose weight, but you gain weight.

Not losing weight can be incredibly frustrating and discouraging. Most people who have experience with weight loss can talk about this.

In this article why you no longer losing weight, you will learn:

  • The best tips to break a weight loss plateau
  • What you should never do if you no longer losing weight
  • Why you can gain weight in some cases when you are trying to lose weight
  • Different ways to increase your metabolism
  • The most healthy drink on earth to burn fat
  • A simple test to see if you suffer from insulin resistance

Note: This article is about that you can not lose more weight. So you did lose weight, but then it got stuck.

 

Reason # 1: Chronically too little food (crash diet)

 

Crash-dieet-a piece of broccoli on a plate

 

A while ago, a famous tv host, started an attempt to lose weight. She decided to drop drastically two months ago.

 

She kept a blog where you could read his/her weekly progress.

 

Her strict diet of 1500 calories and no less than 4 hours of exercise per week resulted in a weight loss of 6 kg after 6 weeks.

This week came out that he/she no longer is losing weight, even though she is still paying attention to her food eating healthy and continues to exercise for 3 hours every week.

That is a lot of hours of sports in the month. How is it possible that she has lost not a gram of weight anymore?


Leaving a meal at his time is fine (see reason 5), but chronically eating too little as this famous tv host does and ridiculously many sports, so that the body is no longer given the chance to recover, works counterproductive.


That is not only too exaggerated to want to see changes quickly, it is also difficult to sustain.

But this famous tv host is not the only one who is struggling with this problem. There is a large group of women in the world who chronically eat too little and therefore stand still with weight loss.

It also does not help that the slimming market has been flooded for years by all kinds of calorie-reducing crash diets.

The one ‘nutrition expert’ is going to work even more rigorously than the other.

But ultimately their advice appears to work rarely. And then people come to me with the question “how is it possible that I no longer lose weight”.

Losing weight is not just a matter of counting what you put in your mouth. If you only focus on the number of calories, you lose everything that has to do with healthy food, which contains nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

Your metabolism will slow down after three days if you are on a very low calorie diet

yoyo effect of diet circleThis is also one of the reasons why it is so difficult to prevent weight gain after you have stopped a crash diet.

As soon as you stop, the kilos often fly at lightning speed back.

Nevertheless, a crash diet also has some advantages.

People who suffer from obesity can benefit in the short term if they are under the supervision of a doctor.

 


It turns out that a crash diet of 4 to 12 weeks causes significant changes in weight loss and metabolic health for people with obesity.


A strict calorie restriction can help you shake a few pounds fast away from you, but make sure that your lifestyle and diet change in the long term. If you do not do this, you will get the most of your weight back and you will still feel bad!

  Reason # 2: You burn less because you have lost weight

you-burned-lessA known side effect of losing weight is that your metabolism decreases.

This means that you burn fewer calories than before and that can be a reason that you no longer lose weight.

What people generally describe as ‘hunger mode’ (also known as metabolic adaptation) is actually nothing more than the natural reaction of the body to a long-term caloric deficiency.

Metabolic adaptation also plays an important role in the development of overweight in humans. When the body receives insufficient food for a long time to function normally, the metabolic rate slowly decreases.

That is because the homeostasis is disrupted. This is the condition of all important functional systems in the body when they are in balance. The greater the delay, the more difficult it is to lose weight.

With this ’emergency state’ the body tries to reduce the number of calories that you burn. The extent to which the metabolic rate decreases with caloric restriction and weight loss is different for everyone. It is thought that body weight also plays a role in this, because when your weight goes up or down, your metabolism also increases or decreases.

Research has shown that three days without food does not slow down the metabolism of people. Only after that time did researchers see a perceptible difference in resting metabolism (the energy that the body needs to function properly) of the participants.

Hunger mode is largely genetically determined, but earlier losing weights attempts or physical exercise can also play a role.

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