Men's Fitness

Do you make nutrition mistakes? If you do, don’t feel bad. It’s a common situation.

There are some common mistakes consumers make that are worth emphasizing.  Accepting a “fat free” label without question. Many times, consumed foods provide calories despite a “non fat” designation. Why? Mom-fat frequently involves more sugar.

According to Men’s Fitness, when it comes to drinks, consuming fruit juices is a better alternative than soda. Unfortunately, “…A lot of people don’t realize the calorie content of beverages–not only soda but juice,” says Laura J. Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., an assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “People assume that juice is healthier than cola, so they’ll go ahead and drink a bunch of it. Yet your average half a cup of juice equals about 60 calories, and people will often drink half a gallon of orange juice a day.”

Mens Fitness points out that eating too many nonfat carbs at lunch is a real drag on your body. That post-lunch energy crash many of us experience isn’t just a response to those tiring mid-afternoon meetings. Carbs lead to insulin release, and insulin reduces the uptake of the neurotransmitters that govern alertness, while increasing the uptake of tryptophan, the brain chemical that promotes lethargy. This effect will be even more pronounced if the carbs have a high glycemic index, such as those found in white bread, croissants, french fries, white rice and soda.

To stay sharp into the afternoon, Mens Fitness advises to keep lunch moderately sized (less than 400 calories) and low in carbs (about the 25 grams you’d get from a plain baked potato).

More details are available here from Men’s Fitness.