Sunday, July 15, 2012

Nutrition myth quiz: do you pass?

As a Santa Monica personal trainer, I talk to many people who say they eat healthy, but are unable to lose weight, or have other health problems. Upon asking some questions, I find they have misconceptions about what healthy eating is.
Do you:

  • Avoid animal fats and saturated fats of any kind?
  • Think that tropical oils are bad?
  • Eat a lot of vegetable oils because you think they are heart-healthy?
  • Eat nuts, seeds, avocados and vegetable oils as your only sources of fat?
  • Try to follow a low fat diet because you think it will help you lose weight?
  • Drink a lot of fruit juices because you think they are full of vitamins?
  • Eat huge amounts of fruit because you were told they are good for you?
  • Think that crispy cereal with non-fat milk is a health food?

If you answered YES to any of the above questions and are having problems with your weight OR your health, you need nutrition re-education.

At Fitness Science Inc. we believe you are unique. Your biochemistry is unique to you and you alone. Your genes, your heritage, the climate where you live, as well as your current age, activity levels, health and degree of stress, will predetermine how your body will react to certain kinds and ratios of foods. All of us have very unique nutritional needs. The Metabolic Typing Assessment we utilize helps to determine what kind of “diet” your body will respond to the best, considering all the above factors and your current state of health. Although not the “be all end all” method we use to help you achieve your desired goals, it is extremely helpful in designing a program that will make you feel your very best.

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