Get the Truth Behind 6 Popular Food Myths
Fat is good for your bod or fat is the enemy. Coffee helps you slim or coffee is unhealthy. There’s so much conflicting information out there, and it can be overwhelming to tell the fact from fiction. But that’s what we’re here for! Ya know we always have you covered with the science-backed deets. We created the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan to answer all these questions and provide a clear guide about the best ingredients and nutrients for your beautiful bod.
Today, we’re sharing 6 food myths that we hear all the time — and the real facts behind them!
Myth: You should avoid fat
We know fats get a bad rap, but they’re really just misunderstood. We actually like to receive between 20 – 35% of our calories from fats. And not all fats are created equal! Instead of focusing on the amount of fat you’re eating, pay close attention to the type of fat. Polyunsaturated fats, found in fish, nuts, and avocados, can help curb hunger, lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, and protect your heart. Monounstratured fats, found in nuts and vegetable oils, help balance blood sugar. While these fats deliver incredible perks, others are not as great for your bod. Avoid or limit trans fats as much as possible. You’ll typically see trans fats in fast food, fried foods, and certain types of packaged cookies and crackers. Too many of this type can lead to weight gain, heart problems, and depression. Stick to the good stuff — it’s so delicious! For even more info on fats, check out your Tone It Up Nutrition Plan!
Myth: Protein makes you bulky
It’s actually the opposite: Protein is the key to getting lean! Proteins require more effort to digest, metabolize, and use, which creates a thermic effect in your body. Translation: You bod burns calories just by digesting protein! Pretty amazing, huh? Protein also helps regulate hunger, repair your muscles, and give you gorgeous hair and skin. Fab! We love to get protein from lean meats and seafood, plant-based sources like hemp, chia, and legumes, and of course Perfect Fit Protein!
Myth: Carbs make you gain weight
Like fat, carbs have been demonized, but they don’t deserve it! Carbs are the body’s main source of energy, and they shouldn’t be avoided. But when it comes to carbs, you want to stick to the nutrient-rich complex type. We’re talkin’ starchy vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. These types of foods will help you feel satisfied for longer, which aids in weight loss. Complex carbs also give you focused energy to help you power through workouts and work meetings! Read more carb smart advice in the Tone It Up Nutrition Plan!
Myth: Egg yolks raise your cholesterol
We love us some egg whites, but you don’t need to be afraid of the yoke! There was a long-held belief that egg yolks, which contain dietary cholesterol, will raise your serum or blood cholesterol and increase your risk for heart disease. However, the science behind this has evolved. You actually need cholesterol in your body to produce vitamin D and beneficial hormones. Because it’s so important, your body tightly regulates cholesterol. As you eat more cholesterol, your body produces less of it, so your bod makes sure you’re in balance. As with anything, you don’t want to overdo it, so we love to mix full eggs with egg whites, like in our Egg Muffins!
Myth: You should nix coffee
Love your morning cup of joe? We’re right there with ya! And guess what? Coffee delivers some amazing perks: Research shows that coffee can increase dopamine levels to lift your mood and boost satiety-signaling hormones that keep the munchies at bay. Check out some of our fave healthy coffee recipes HERE!
Myth: Treat yourself to a cheat day
Kat and I actually don’t believe in cheat days. Not because we don’t think you should treat yourself, but because having the occasional glass of wine or ice cream cone isn’t cheating — it’s living! The word cheating implies you’re doing something wrong, and you’re not! We want you to enjoy your beautiful life! Eating lean, clean, ’n green is a lifestyle, and it includes the occasional splurge. We like to connect our splurges to spending time with our loved ones, like wine on date night or grabbing an ice cream on a walk with our girlfriends. The treat is simply a perk of any incredible memory!