When it comes to losing weight or improving your health, there is a lot of misinformation out there. Today, we’re going to talk about some common health myths that can prevent you from transforming your life physically!
Myth: All fats are bad.
Fats have gotten a bad reputation over the years, but not all fats are created equal. In fact, your body needs healthy fats to function at its best. Monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and omega-3 fatty acids are all good for your health when eaten in moderation. You can find them in foods such as fatty fish, nuts, eggs, avocado, and natural nut butters.
Of course, while the above fats are good for you, others are less so. We recommend keeping saturated fats to a minimum and avoiding trans fats as much as possible.
Myth: All carbs are bad.
Cutting back on carbohydrates, especially simple carbs, can be a valuable tool if you’re working to lose weight, but you don’t want to give them up entirely. Carbohydrates are an important source of energy, and your body needs them to function at its best. That’s why they’re built into the BBS meal plan!
Rather than cutting out all carbs, focus on eating complex carbohydrates. Good sources of complex carbohydrates include sweet potatoes, whole-grain bread, beans, fruits, and vegetables, to name a few. Simple carbohydrates, such as the ones found in candy, soda, and white bread, are the ones you should avoid.
Myth: Being thin means you’re healthy.
While maintaining a healthy body weight is a key part of your health, the way you maintain that weight is just as important. You can get thin eating only potato chips and diet soda, but that doesn’t mean you’re healthy! Rather than aspiring to be thin at any cost, focus on eating a well-balanced diet, getting 7-9 hours of sleep each night, and being physically active on a regular basis. Those healthy habits are much more important than simply being thin!
Myth: If you get off track, you might as well just quit for the day.
Nobody is perfect all the time. Maybe your coworker brings bagels to an early morning meeting and you find yourself digging in. Maybe your child bakes cookies for the first time and can’t wait to see you try one. Maybe you can’t resist the siren call of the food truck just down the block at lunch time. It happens to the best of us!
But if you do get off-track, it’s important to remember that doesn’t mean the whole day is ruined! For example, if you hit up the food truck for lunch, you don’t need to deem the day a failure and eat junk food for dinner rather than the healthy meal you have planned. Getting back on track as quickly as possible will help you maintain the healthy eating mentality that you’ve cultivated and prepare you to hit the ground running the next day, so make your next meal a healthy one!
Myth: All indulgences are off the table.
A lot of people think losing weight or getting healthy means giving up their favorite treats forever, but that’s an unrealistic expectation for most people. Trying to eat completely perfectly long-term can lead to feelings of deprivation and defeat, which takes a toll on your emotional health.
At Yoli, we believe that there’s no need to give up your favorite treats forever. As long as you exercise moderation, you can reach your health goals without avoiding the occasional indulgence. That’s why we built free meals into the BBS meal plan—they allow you to enjoy your favorite foods in moderation so you can stay motivated to transform your life!
We hope being aware of these common myths will help you as you transform your life. For more information about working toward optimal health, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!