1. Carbohydrates are essential for increased energy

Most people burn through carbohydrates very quickly. This means that they will often feel hungry again very soon after eating high carbohydrate meals, prompted by a quick blood sugar crash. For most, a majority of your carbohydrate consumption should come from a variety of above ground vegetables and low sugar fruits. Protein and fats both offer more dense and slow releasing energy for the body, so pre-workout foods higher in these will keep you going longer.

2. Saturated fats are bad for you

Im not usually one to push conspiracy theories, but as with CV exercise, the evidence linking saturated fats with heart disease and other modern day killers is very thin. Saturated fats are typically high in omega 3s and other vitamins, and as long as the source of the saturated fat is high quality (ideally organic) then it has immense health qualities. Fat free foods present major problems because the removal of fat increases the overall insulin load on the body. If you want to burn fat, you have to keep insulin in check. Saturated fats are also the best fats to cook with (lard, ghee, butter, coconut oil), as they do not go rancid or change their structure under intense heat.

3. Counting calories is more important than the quality of your food

Calorie consumption has overtaken sustinence from food in the nutritional debate. Every fad diet seems to revolve around some kind of calorie reduction. I believe counting calories is a waste of time, and people’s energy should be focused on eating the right types of foods – largely raw, unprocessed fruits and vegetables, with a variety of meats and nuts. Forget portion sizes and instead eat according to your appetite.

4. All organic products are good for you

Even though I’m a huge fan of consuming a largely organic diet, many organic products on the market should still be avoided. Most organic snack bars and cereals are still filled with sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which both have drastic effects on blood sugar and insulin levels. So check the ingredient lists on all packaged products you consume, even the organic versions.

5. Drinking less water can help you lose weight

Staying hydrated may be the single most important thing you can do to remain healthy. The body’s organs require a large amount of daily water just to function, and hydration is essential to your metabolism. Water consumption is based on weight, so the heavier you are, the more water you need. A decent guide is to consume 3.5% of you bodyweight in litres every day (if you weigh 100kg, you need 3.5 litres of water)

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