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5 Lies About Healthy Food That Are Making You Fat

5 Lies About Healthy Food That Are Making You Fat

Most of what we’ve been taught about nutrition is catastrophically wrong. Our diets are now overloaded with highly processed packaged foods filled with chemicals we can’t pronounce, refined carbohydrates and sugars, unhealthy animals that are pumped full of antibiotics, and sugar-sweetened snacks and drinks.

It comes as no surprise that developed countries are plagued by obesity.

The sad fact is we’re all victims of the loathsome deceptions of the food industry.

You have a choice though: continue to be the victim or arm yourself with the knowledge to make better choices for your health.

Clearly you’ve chosen the latter.

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So pat yourself on the back and sit back and relax as we explore five of the biggest lies about so-called healthy food.

Lie #1: Low fat products are healthy.

It’s easy to get confused when you see health claims plastered all over low fat versions of your favorite foods at the grocery store. But here’s the truth: fat is good for you (the right types, of course). Your body needs it. And worst of all, the fat in low-fat foods is often replaced with more sugar, salt and highly-processed ingredients, which can do more harm than good.

One study found that a high fat, low carb diet can actually lower your cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Another showed that low fat diets aren’t any better for weight loss than high fat, lower carb diets.

And this study published in the Journal of Marketing Research showed that people who saw a “low fat” label on a food package ate up to 50 percent more than those who didn’t!

For years we’ve been told to avoid saturated fat too, but a research analysis of nearly 350,000 patients found no link between saturated fat and heart disease.

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The evidence is clear: forget low fat. Eat more foods with healthy fats, like fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, and avocados.

Lie #2: Eggs raise your cholesterol.

Let’s stop hating on eggs and put this healthy eating lie to rest once and for all. Because they’re one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.

Mainstream nutrition authorities have you believing that eggs raise your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Not true. Dietary cholesterol has very weak associations with blood cholesterol. Translation: eating foods high in cholesterol doesn’t raise cholesterol for most people.

Research shows eating eggs does NOT increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. And eating eggs for breakfast may actually help you lose weight faster. That’s enough to sway me to keep eating my eggs every morning.

Lie #3: Vegetable oils are healthier than butter.

This is a source of major confusion and for good reason. Health “authorities” like Harvard are still telling people to eat more highly processed vegetable oils. Let’s set the record straight.

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Some vegetable oils (olive oil, for example) are good for you. Others, like the soybean oil and corn oil found in the majority of processed foods, are high in inflammation-causing Omega-6 fatty acids.

And the scariest part is, two well designed studies show that eating foods high in Omega-6 fatty acids may actually increase your risk of heart disease. Check ’em out here and here.

Stick with all-natural, healthy sources of fat like olive oil, coconut oil and butter from grass fed cows.

Lie #4: Gluten-free products will help you lose weight.

Let’s end the myth about gluten free eating: it’s not all it’s cracked up to be and it’s completely unnecessary for the majority of folks. If you have celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten then eating gluten free products is essential. For everyone else, it’s not.

Researchers in this study said doctors “should exercise caution when diagnosing gluten sensitivity.” And another study found that eating a gluten free diet has absolutely no implications on weight loss.

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Unless your doctor gives you a specific reason to do so, don’t waste your money on gluten free products.

Lie #5: Products that say “healthy” on the package are good for you.

We are inundated with health claims on food packages. From sugar-filled cereals that are a “good source of whole grains” to “heart healthy” pseudo-butter products that have no trace of real butter, food companies exploit the FDA’s lax guidelines on food claims.

Here’s a good tip: don’t pay attention to the front of food packages. Turn it around and look at the back to see the only objective information on the package: the list of ingredients and nutrition facts. Or better yet, buy real foods that don’t come in a package.

Knowledge is power, folks. Learn to recognize these 5 healthy food lies when you see them and you’ll set yourself up for a lifetime of better health.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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