The Biggest Healthy Eating Myths You Keep Falling For

If you find yourself saying "I'll start again tomorrow" every time you try to eat healthy, then these tips are going to change that for good.

November 8, 2016
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Adapted from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

If you're like most people, it's not eating healthy that's difficult; it's eating healthy consistently that's the real challenge! If you find yourself constantly starting over or saying "I'll start again tomorrow" every time you try to eat healthy, then these tips are going to change that for good.

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Healthy eating is about making a lifestyle change and to make the habits stick. After all, there's no point in doing something for just a few days, right? If you want to enjoy lasting results, that comes down to creating the right environment and habits to help you do that. But first, it's time to clear up several healthy eating myths that are holding you back from making the habits a success. 

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Myth #1: A healthy diet has to be boring and bland

I'm a self-proclaimed "healthy foodie." I refuse to give up delicious food, so every meal has to be as enjoyable to eat as the unhealthy alternative. That's why it's important to reach for recipes that'll energize you, help you burn more fat, and make you look and feel amazing. 

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Myth #2: A healthy diet takes longer to prepare

This is a huge myth that is simply not true. You can easily prepare a healthy dinner in 30 minutes or less. You probably can't even make it to your local McDonald's and back that fast. 

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Myth #3: To have a healthy body, you must be fanatical about your diet and block specific foods out of your life forever

This is something a lot of nutritionists and other diet "experts" preach. But that doesn't mean you need to feel deprived. There are countless alternatives that are tastier and healthier than the common foods we're so often drawn to. Healthy eating doesn't mean you never have those foods ever again, but instead teaches you to experience how good you can look and feel when you choose alternative foods.

Once you feel the difference, you won't want to go back to those foods of old. Just one piece of bread and you'll probably feel like taking a nap. A glass of milk and you'll likely feel bloated. Is it really worth it? This is not about giving things up but about choosing to enjoy better foods. You're worth it. It's definitely best to eliminate these foods, but if you slip up occasionally, don't beat yourself up. You're only human.

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One of the reasons most people "fail" when embarking upon any kind of diet is that they often feel deprived. When you think you'll never have something again, you have to rely on willpower, which only lasts so long before you crack and end up back at square one.

So take it easy, let yourself enjoy healthy indulgences, and you'll see the benefits. 

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