If you follow me on Instagram you know I post Myth-Busting Thursdays on my story (if you’re not already following me, come check out all of the fun here!). One of my favorite aspects about my job is shedding light on these nutrition myths, debunking falsehoods and showing light to the truth. In the world of social media, diet culture permeates and thus, so do the lies. In this blog post, I am sharing with you myths that I think need clarification on ASAP. So let’s get to it!
Myth: You Need Protein Powder to Meet Protein Needs
Truth: Protein powder, like any supplement, can have its place in someone’s diet if they are unable to consume enough through food sources. However, that doesn’t mean that you necessarily need it because you see someone else on social media saying how great it is. If you are curious if protein powder should play a role in your diet, connect with me via a consultation and I can help you! Only nutrition professionals can tell you if this is something you truly need vs something that can be once in a while.
Myth: Tracking Macros is Necessary for Weight Loss
Truth: Adding protein, fats, and carbs to each meal is important but that does not mean it's necessary to track how much you eat of each at every single meal. For some people, constantly counting macros can trigger eating disorder behaviors, especially if they have a history of disordered eating. Focus instead on adding one source of each to your meal knowing you are creating a healthful and filling plate!
Myth: Detoxes Work
Truth: If I had a penny for every time I have debunked detoxes! They are 100% unnecessary, they are just expensive juices that will pass right through you. It is the job of the kidneys and liver to filter out any toxins as a result of metabolism and excrete them safely. The best thing you can do is to focus on eating a wide variety of foods and engage in healthful habits such as exercise, adequate sleep, and keeping hydrated.
Myth: All Organic Foods Are Healthy