The fitness world is full of confusing misconceptions and misunderstandings, and the notion that eating "healthy" foods will help you lose weight while "unhealthy" foods will make you gain weight may contribute the most to your lack of progress.
First, let's define "healthy food". There really isn't a hard definition here since many foods serve many purposes, but what we're referring to is a food with nutritional value.
That value may come in the form of certain vitamins, minerals, or healthy dietary fats. Picture things like salmon, avocados, or vegetables.
An unhealthy food then, would be one void of, or lacking in these areas. Think of candy, popcorn (although people still like to call it 'healthy'), things that serve no real purpose.
So here's the issue.
When most people find out a food is 'healthy', they tend to equate that with fat loss.
"Oh, avocados are healthy? Perfect. Double guac please."
That's great that you added some fiber, potassium and healthy fat to your meal, but you also just tacked on 300 extra calories.
Eating too many calories over the long term is what causes you to gain weight.
And being over weight is unhealthy (don't let the PC push fool you here).
So, even if your entire daily diet was made up of 'healthy' foods, they can still cause you to gain weight, which makes you unhealthy (and probably unhappy).
Take olive oil for example. Such a beautiful food product, and boasts some healthy stats.
But it also tacks on 110 calories per tablespoon.
Don't skim over that part. 110 calories. Per tablespoon.
This is the calorie equivalent to 15 gummy bears, and we're slapping it on our meals mindlessly.
Cooking with olive oil a couple times a day without keeping track of it could be the reason your fat loss plan fails, despite how healthy the oil is.
The important distinction to make here is the difference between healthy foods, and your daily calorie needs.
Please, strive to build your diet around healthy, nutritionally valuable foods.
But at the same time, don't be fooled into thinking this will equal weight loss.
That's a product of your total caloric intake, and even healthy foods can push you over the limit and cause you to gain an unhealthy amount of weight.
Nutritional knowledge includes both nutritionally valuable foods, and the foods that will contribute to your personal fitness goals.
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