Figuring out which nutrition and exercise information is trustworthy may be difficult, says the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The agency debunks these common misconceptions:
- Bread, pasta and rice are not necessarily fattening. Try to eat whole grains to feel fuller.
- You do not have to avoid all fats if you’re trying to lose weight. Go for foods with healthy fats, such as avocados and nuts.
- Dairy products may not be unhealthy. Adults should have three servings a day of low-fat dairy products.
- Physical activity does not have to be for long periods. You can perform short spurts of activity during the week.
- Lifting weights will not always make you look “too bulky.” Only intense strength training will build large muscles.