There’s a lot of confusing and outright misinformation about eating a proper diet. Many people probably still remember the food pyramid, which talked about how many of what sort of food types you should have each day. Unfortunately, the food pyramid has been found to be completely incorrect, up to and including the fact that some farming lobbies paid the U.S. Government to claim we should eat more of one type of food or another than we really should.
Then you get to all the various fad diets, such as the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, and others. They certainly help you lose weight, but they do so in part by starving your body of certain nutrients. It’s possible to be fit and healthy with these diets, but it takes more work than many people realize, and some people who go on the diets can’t manage to maintain them. In the end, they wind up gaining back all the weight they’d lost, and this is covered in the Anabolic cooking page.
This all begs the question, is it even possible to get the right nutrition? How do you make sure you’re eating well? What signs should you look for that you’re not eating well (see our cooking tips)?
Common Incorrect Warning Signs
There are a few commonly held signs that you’re getting a poor diet. Unfortunately, many of these signs are completely false. For example, many people feel that if you’re overweight, that’s a sign you’re eating poorly. That is not the case! The real truth is that a person’s weight only has a little bit to do with diet and exercise. There’s a heavy amount of genetics in there, as well. Not only that but scientists have found that uncontrollable things such as stress levels and even the weather where you live can affect how much your body attempts to hold onto fat cells.
Likewise, being low-energy isn’t necessarily a sign of eating a poor diet. There are some different reasons you might have low-energy levels, and only one of them is diet. There’s certainly no harm in changing up your diet to boost your energy levels, but you shouldn’t assume that low energy levels mean your diet is poor.
What Is Proper Nutrition
When it comes right down to it, we only know a few things for certain. There are certain types of nutrients we should eat in moderation. These are things such as carbohydrates and saturated fats, as well as sugars. We also know that we should eat plenty of vegetables, and keep our cholesterol low if we can. This means eating more foods that are low in cholesterol, and less that are high.
Otherwise, we don’t know a whole lot. So if you’re trying to maintain a healthy diet, the best you can do is eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, and stay away from heavily fatty, heavily processed foods. If you find a diet that you enjoy and that you can maintain, do the steps of that diet. Otherwise, don’t beat yourself up over having those cookies. A few cookies here and there aren’t unhealthy!