DailyDirt: Eating Better Ain't Easy
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Dieting myths are everywhere. Fads tell us to avoid too much protein or to avoid carbs and only eat protein. Hopefully, as more science enters this field, we’ll get some definitive solutions on what we’re doing wrong and get beyond the diet fads. Here are just a few interesting links on eating healthier and challenges to doing so.
- There are a lot of nutrition myths out there. Among them, it is still widely believed that a low fat diet is somehow healthier than other diets. However, studies of low fat diets show no prevention of heart disease or any weight gain reduction. [url]
- Sleep deprivation can lead people to eat more and gain weight. Sleep deprived people seem to crave junk food more and have less willpower to resist high-calorie foods. So get your 8 hours, if you can. [url]
- It’s not so easy to change menus to encourage people to eat healthier. The presence of healthy items on a menu can actually encourage people to choose the less healthy options (via “vicarious goal fulfillment” where people think that merely making an effort to seek out a menu that includes healthy foods is enough to eat better), and listing calorie counts doesn’t matter — people will still eat about the same amount of calories despite the listed calorie information on a menu. [url]
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