Fitness with Finesse: 4 Healthy-Eating Myths Debunked

We all want to use the best tips and tricks for staying healthy, but sometimes it’s different to separate fact from fiction. Check out some of the top healthy eating myths, and remember that healthy should always be your No. 1 priority!

1. Chocolate is bad for you. It’s actually quite the opposite! Although those tempting chocolate candy bars and that hidden late-night tub of chocolate ice cream might not be the best choice, chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can be good for you because it provides healthful antioxidants and curbs your sweets craving. Invest in a bag of individually wrapped Dove dark chocolates, and next time you start dreaming of chocolate during your study session, know that it’s okay to give in with moderation!

2. Low-calorie, low-sugar, and diet drinks are our friends. No, no, no. It kills me to see how many girls still think a diet soda or a similarly made drink is okay. In reality, studies have suggested diet drinks boost your hunger hormones, causing you to eat more and fill your body with unnatural chemicals. Not to mention the possibility of increased bloating from the carbonation. Water is, of course, the drink of champions, but if you need a change, choose unsweetened tea or no-sugar-added fruit juice.

3. Carbs are the enemy. Carbs are actually essential to a balanced diet, and they provide the energy you need to finish that intense workout. There is, however, a difference between so-called “good carbs” and “bad carbs.” Stay away from processed or fortified carbs, and stick to healthful foods like quinoa, rice, and sweet potatoes.

4. Eat lots of meals throughout the day. Not always — it doesn’t matter when you eat, it matters what it is and how much of it you eat. If spreading out your meals into small portions throughout the day works for you, go for it! If, however, you find yourself eating more because of your increased number of meals, remember researchers most often suggest a large breakfast followed by a light lunch and a conservative dinner.

Keep up the great work, collegiettes™ — summer is right around the corner!