Myth #1: Carbs are bad for you. Carbohydrates are essential for energy and brain function, and are the body's preferred fuel source. The key is to choose less processed carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These carbs are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function properly. They also help to keep you fuller for longer, and will keep you from over-eating. For athletes they are especially important to be able to perform at a high level.
Myth #2: Fat is bad for you. Not all fats are created equal. Healthy fats, such as those found in nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oil, are essential for brain function, hormone production and overall health. They can also help lower cholesterol levels, and keep your heart healthy. However, it’s important to limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, which can increase your risk of high cholesterol. Saturated fat is found in high fat animal products such as beef, pork, and lamb.
Myth #3: You have to cut out all your favorite foods to lose weight. The key to weight loss is moderation and balance. You can still enjoy your favorite foods, but it has to be in a portioned amount. The "80/20 rule" for nutrition is a good guide for your everyday eating. Choose minimally processed foods 80% of the time, and enjoy fun foods 20% of the time.