What’s trustworthy? What’s a gimmick?

There’s so much conflicting information on diets. Green smoothies. Ketogenic eating. Intermittent fasting. Paleo. Gluten-free. How are you supposed to cut through all the chatter and know what to believe? Thanks to tried-and-true research, there are a few trustworthy rules that have stood the test of time. This article from news.com.au highlights some of these important, science-backed strategies for improving health:

  1. You can’t outrun a poor diet. Regular exercise has major health benefits, but it’s what we eat that will ultimately make or break weight loss success. Case in point: running for an entire hour will burn off approximately 2.5 slices of pizza. Weight lifting for 1.5 hours will burn off around three glasses of wine. So, although a combination of exercise and diet is best, it is much easier to reduce calorie intake than to burn off an unhealthy diet.
  2. Eat enough fiber. Fiber adds bulk to meals (without adding extra calories), slows the rate of digestion, reduces cancer risk, and produces gut health (your microbiome will love you for this)— increasing the number of good microbes that thrive in the gut leading to increased health and a healthy metabolism.
  3. Eat more vegetables. Creating a diet lower in fat means creating a plate with more plant-based food like vegetables, fruits and legumes. The goal is to develop a habit of eating vegetables every day. 
  4. Quality trumps quantity. Although it may be tempting to substitute a bag of potato chips for nuts and fruit because they are the same number of calories, not all calories are the same. The way that the body metabolizes these foods will vary greatly, and the calories don’t tell you anything about how nutritious or satisfying a food is.
  5. Dump the junk. Healthy foods typically have only one single ingredient: apple or spinach or nuts, etc. Foods with more ingredients usually have more sugar, fat and salt (the key ingredients in most if not all junk food). A healthy diet will never be based on protein bars or gluten free cookies— mainly because the foods do not provide significant nutrients and their overconsumption is linked to weight gain.

By using Lume, you will be able to move beyond counting calories on boxes, cans and menus, to measuring how you and your metabolism process those calories (a more accurate representation of the real you). In fact, you’ll be able to throw away your food logging charts and apps because Lume will measure the calories you consume by simply stepping on a scale. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

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