Clean, nutritious food is vital to our well-being. It’s not shocking that people invest their food with magical properties. The problem is that fad diets are simply not a panacea for all life’s ills.
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To look this good, you have to eat well.
Instead, a focus on healthy diet, properly balancing macro and micro nutrients, and enough but not too-many calories is most beneficial. The real magic comes from our bodies’ ability to remain healthy and fit from a great variety of foods. What we need to remain healthy is:
- Macronutrients — Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats: You need to consume a varied diet from all macronutrient sources — carbs, fats, and proteins — in an equitable proportion. (http://www.thecookingcardiologist.com/cardiologist-blog/balance-carbs-protein-and-fat-better-health.)
- Micronutrients — Vitamins, Minerals: You need to get a healthy balance of micronutrients in your diet on a regular basis. (http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/list-all/.)
- Fiber: Some of your carbs should come with fiber. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fiber/NU00033.)
- Healthy Weight: Weight loss comes from consuming fewer calories than you burn each day, and not from the magical properties of carbs or fat. Sugars and fats contain a higher percentage of calories relative to nutritional value; that’s why we should avoid them. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metabolism/WT00006.)
- Low-Carb Diets: Reducing the percentage of carbohydrates in your diet is not a health panacea and may cause serious long-term health problems. (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-carb-diet/NU00279, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14672862.)
- Paleo-Diet: There is no evidence that eating like proto-humans is healthful and may cause serious health problems. (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-paleo-diet-half-baked-how-hunter-gatherer-really-eat.)
- Genetically Modified Organisms: “GMO” has nothing to do with the nutritional content of the food (except to sometimes enhance it), pesticides, or mythical monsters. Instead, this technology can help to feed the burgeoning population. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gmo, http://www.cfr.org/biotechnology/genetically-modified-foods-can-feed-worlds-hungry/p4629.)
- Organic Farming: “Organic” does not mean grown locally, without pesticides, or without chemical fertilizers. (http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4166.)
- Vegetarianism v. Carnivores: You can get protein from animal and vegetable sources. (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/protein-full-story/#protein_alike.)
- Gluten-Free Diets: These diets are only proven effective to treat diagnosed celiac disease (there is no evidence for other, nonspecific “gluten sensitivity” conditions). (http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/gluten-free-diet.)