What does “everyone know” about proper nutrition? An excursion to folk dietetics: “Don’t eat after 6!”

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What do we know about good nutrition and diets? Much! It seems that proper nutrition is one of those areas in which everyone understands. 

“Everyone knows” what is needed:

  • consume more vegetables and fruits – there are vitamins; 
  • eat natural products – they are especially useful; 
  • eat less sweet;
  • do not consume a lot of salt;
  • do not eat after 18−00; eat regularly;
  • eat fully, that is, varied, eating all kinds of foods;  
  • sure to have a good breakfast;
  • everything is possible and necessary, the main thing – in moderation. 

There are more specific recommendations:

  • sugar is good for the brain;
  • honey is healthier than sugar;
  • chocolate is healthy, especially dark;
  • especially useful products – all the same honey, fish in general (there is phosphorus!) and especially red fish, caviar, olive oil, linseed oil, etc .;  
  • vegetable oils are healthier than butter;
  • healthy eating is expensive and tasteless … 

Surely there are other important postulates, as well as misconceptions, but so far enough of these. It’s already clear: following these principles, you can’t get rid of excess weight . And it’s not a fact that you’ll be especially healthy.   

I don’t know where the folk ideas about proper nutrition come from , but they largely disagree with scientific principles. What is the age-old folk experience?  

And no one denies experience. Only the “people” ate according to their capabilities and tasks. Yes, he never set a goal to improve his health due to nutrition.

Of course, everyone is free to believe that “great-grandfather lived a hundred years” due to environmentally friendly nutrition.

Only great-grandfather did not choose how to eat! I consumed what it was. And my great-grandfather was breathing other air, drinking other water. And the loads, most likely, were completely different. His “hundred years” is the result of an entire lifestyle for which his nutrition was optimal.  

And the notorious “cabbage soup and porridge”, and even the obligatory bread – indeed, were an appropriate diet for grandfathers / great-grandfathers. And for you – if your workloads are comparable with great-grandfathers quantitatively and qualitatively.    

For the “average” citizen, eating “like ancestors” is a direct path to obesity.   

Another common view: for weight loss, you do not need to eat after 18−00.

Probably, most women (and some men) have tried this simple method of losing weight. They say it really works. 

Why not? Especially if you are used to overeating at night, and even carbohydrate food. Yes, yes, this is especially true for lovers of “drink tea” at night. More precisely, there are no objections to tea itself. But there is, and categorical, against sugar, honey, jam, pie and other things, up to bread.

And “not to eat” – it is possible after 5, and after 12 nights. The specifics depend on the lifestyle. 

Having dinner at six is ​​good, going to bed at nine. If you stay awake until 1-2 hours of the night, you can shift the time of dinner. 

And those who are actively training are guided by the well-being and recommendations of the trainers. Moreover, training is more often in the evening. And after training, you can and should have dinner. Only fewer carbohydrates, more protein.

Why? Carbohydrates are a source of energy. Are they needed in the evening? Yes – before training or physical work. Or after – in moderation to make up for expended energy. But proteins are the building blocks for muscle. By the way, a small percentage of proteins is converted to glycogen, compensating for the lack of carbohydrates.     

So it’s worth focusing not on “6 o’clock”, but on your real regime of the day And this is not so obvious, otherwise questions like: how to observe the diet, working at night , would not have appeared on the “diet” Internet portals ?      

Approximately the same as when working during the day – focusing on sleep and wakefulness.  

These are just two of the popular rules of “healthy eating”. Moreover, the most harmless and least controversial. About other rules, as well as about “folk dietetics”, the conversation is ahead …  

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