Between the Pinterest boards full of protein diets, the endless weight loss tips we see online and the countless low-carb diet foods we see in the grocery store, it’s getting more difficult to determine what we should and shouldn’t be eating. VarCity HQ did a little leg work for you and scoured the internet for the common themes we saw from nutritionists throughout the internet.
Below is VarCity’s top 10 list of nutrition rules that almost all experts agree with:
9. "Diets" Don't Work — a Lifestyle Change Is Necessary
"Diets" are ineffective. That is a fact.
They may provide short-term results, but as soon as the diet ends and you start eating junk food again, you will gain the weight back. And then some. This is called yo-yo dieting and is extremely common.
Most people who lose a lot of weight on a diet end up gaining it back whenever they "stop" the diet. For this reason, the only thing that can give you actual long-term results is to adopt a lifestyle change.
Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the only way to ensure long-term weight loss and a lifetime of improved health.
10. Unprocessed Food Is Healthiest
Processed food is generally not as healthy as whole food.
As the food system has become more industrialized, the health of the population has deteriorated. During food processing, many of the beneficial nutrients in the food are removed.
Not only do food producers remove healthy nutrients like fiber, but they also add other potentially harmful ingredients like added sugar and trans fats. Additionally, processed foods are loaded with all sorts of artificial chemicals, some of which have a questionable safety profile.
Basically, processed foods have less of the good stuff and a lot more of the bad stuff. The most important thing you can do to ensure optimal health is to eat real food. If it looks like it was made in a factory, don't eat it!