If even Congress thinks pizza is a vegetable, which isn’t saying much, there is obviously much confusion about what is considered healthy. There are many buzzwords like “all natural”, “real fruit”, “healthy”, “enriched”, and a long list of other meaningless claims on food labels.
First of all, I would hope that food is “all natural”. The fact that they have to convince me of that is personally not a selling point. If the box appears to be selling you on its “health”, it’s probably a wolf in sheep’s clothing. You don’t see fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, and actual nutritious foods needing to convince you of their health value.
I used to tell people not to over think nutrition because it wasn’t that complicated, but I realize the longer I am in this profession that it actually is! The reason for this is mainly because there is so much wrong and conflicting information out there. It does not have to be if you can block out the noise and stick to the basics.
Here is the truth. If you want to lose weight, you actually can see quick results. If you want them to last, you are going to need to put some thought and effort into them. If the claims for a diet or workout program seem too good to be true… they are.
If you complete a diet and go back to the way you were eating before, the weight will come back on, guaranteed. No diet is going to be as effective without an exercise program to go along with it. Diet and exercise are like peanut butter and jelly, or the super bowl and funny commercials. Some things are just meant to go together.
Do not be fooled by misleading labels, or tricked by over promising fads.