6 Side Effects Of Healthy Eating That Nobody Tells You About
12 months ago, 1 Jan 20:00
When the New Year rolls around, lots of people resolve to start eating healthier—whether it's cutting back carbs, eating more protein, or trying a specific diet. But taking on a food challenge for a whole year is, well, a challenge. While you might assume that eating healthy will instantly make you look and feel better, it can actually have some unexpected consequences on your system and your psyche, especially if you take on those changes too quickly. Of course, that's no reason NOT to make big improvements to how you eat. But by being aware of these often unexpected pitfalls from the start, you’ll be better mentally prepared to go the distance. We talked to Michelle Babb, R.D., a Seattle-based specialist in functional nutrition and author of Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy, Healthy Brain, to find out the unexpected pitfalls of a sudden diet change—and how to manage them so you can still crush your new healthy eating goals. If you’re eating healthy, you’re probably upping your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. But go easy on the produce at first to give your digestive system time to adjust. “If you’re significantly increasing the amount of fiber from veggies and beans, you can experience bowel changes, such as looser stools,” says Babb. Fun! Her advice: Reduce your intake, and you should feel better within a couple days. On the flip side, if you’re not drinking enough water, all that fiber can make you constipated. “You need to drink at least 60 to 70 ounces of water. It’s the broom that sweeps the fiber through,” she says. You probably can’t eat your weight in blueberries. But you can sabotage your weight loss by consuming more calories from popular foods than you might realize. Classic examples are sautéing everything in coconut oil, dunking too many apple slices in almond butter, or downing a monster-sized smoothie. All of which are healthy options on their own, but in excess can really pack on the calories, fat, and sugar. And don’t get fooled by “gluten-free” or “dairy-free” labeling. A gluten-free cupcake is still a calorie bomb, even if it feels a little healthier. “Be aware of eating too many snack substitutes, which are still processed and often calorically dense,” says Babb. Always opt for whole foods. Watch out for these "healthy" foods that are bad for you: You know all those trendy temporary diets that advise giving up whole food categories, such as dairy, carbs, sugar, alcohol, soy or legumes? You might lose a few pounds. You also might lose your perspective by embracing a rigid definition of healthy eating. “People get extreme and psychologically fearful of eating certain foods or mistrust the signals or cues their body is giving them,” says Babb. One miserable side effect is isolating yourself because you’re scared of being tempted by certain foods in social settings. Another is getting bored with what you're eating, which won't exactly incentivize you to keep your plan going. “Look for a food plan that will be sustainable ...
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