Welcome back to part 3 of the series. The last 2 weeks we have covered 4 very controversial topics. My goal with this series is simple. First, I want to fight all the controversial information that is out there. Two, I really want you to start questioning all of the information that gets thrown at you. Is someone telling you to start fasting, ask them exactly why that is. If someone tells you that carbs will make you fat, ask them why. If they can’t give you 3-5 solid reasons to support their claim, they probably don’t know what they’re talking about. I don’t want to put everyone in the same category but if they/you can’t explain why you’re supporting a trend, lifestyle hack or diet it simply becomes a point of following the masses. Let’s become more aware of why we do what we do and why we agree with the things we align ourselves with so we can make better decisions for our own health and life.
I stand by what I said in the past 2 blogs and why I said it . I have given you plenty of evidence to go along with my statements. This evidence is not based on opinion but facts, data and research. If you simply want to disagree based on your own opinion rather than facts, that’s okay, but it probably won’t get you further ahead.
Today we’ll cover two topics that have become very popular over the last couple decades. Another thing these 2 topics have in common is the fact that 99% of the people say the same things. However, slowly but surely this OPINION is getting changed based on new information. Let’s dive in.
Salt intake is bad for you
If you have been following this blog for a while, you know I need context to go along with a statement like this. Who is salt intake bad for? For everyone? For the ultra-marathon runner that loses 2-3 kilos of sweat each day? For the person that works behind their desk all day long? Or for the person that does both? As the saying goes, too much of anything is bad for you. But what is too much? What is too much for you might not be too much for me and vice versa.
Let’s take a quick look at what salt is and does inside our body. Salt is an essential mineral, which means you NEED to get it from outside sources. Salt holds onto water and your muscles need water to produce energy. If there’s an appropriate amount of salt in your muscles, there is more energy production.
I am losing a lot of water on a daily basis by simply sweating a lot. In order to keep myself from cramping and dehydrating (which is what happens when there’s not enough salt inside the body), I need to keep up my salt intake. This way my muscles can hold onto enough water to supply me with energy.
If you’re saying that salt intake is bad for you, but go to Mcdonalds 4 times a week, sit behind a desk all day long and drink more coffee than water, I don’t think salt intake is your problem.
Does everyone need more salt in their life? NO. Do you need more salt if you feel like your energy levels are low, if you’re sweating a lot or starting to cramp up? You PROBABLY do.
You need to eat small, frequent meals for optimal health
Let me start this off by saying that there’s no study or evidence that backs up this statement right here.
What small and frequent meals do is keep you away from unhealthy and unplanned snacking. That snacking usually goes hand in hand with sugary and processed foods. This does not mean that you can’t live a healthy lifestyle by eating 1, 2 or 3 meals a day.
Let me put this into context. This statement would suggest that every single person that can’t find the time to eat 6 times a day is never getting to their optimal health. What about the person that eats the right food, works out 5 times a week, drinks 3 liters of water and takes care of their sleep and recovery but simply can’t find time to eat 6 times a day. Is that not their optimal health? I guess we should ask that person how they feel, but I am willing to bet that they feel pretty damn good on a daily basis.
I depend on what you eat, not how often you eat it. Let’s focus on quality and appropriately sized portions rather than the frequency of your meals.
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