Sunday, 4 September 2016

‘You are what you eat’ is actually a huge misconception

Most health-conscious people are familiar with the saying, “You are what you eat.”
Here’s the good news: That’s actually not true

As Alan Levinovitz writes in a new book, “The Gluten Lie,” the real principle we should be following has little to do with what types of foods we eat. All we really need to pay attention to is how much we’re eating.

And this may be one of the biggest pitfalls of fad diets: Cutting gluten, dodging carbs, or avoiding fatty foods won’t translate into weight loss unless you’re eating less overall. Here’s Levinovitz:
“Low fat, low carb, low whatever: for successful dieting, the common denominator is lower consumption across the board.”
Nevertheless, the ancient idea that we are what we eat continues to inform our eating and dieting habits. Many of us still believe, at some level, that eating fat will make us fat; that eating cholesterol will give us high cholesterol. But years of scientific study has yet to prove that that’s the case. And several big recent studies have actually found evidence to the contrary.

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