Your 'healthy' diet may not be as healthy as you think, study finds

Your ‘healthy’ diet may not be as healthy as you think, study finds

When trying to lose weight, a number of factors can weaken your resolve and prevent you from making progress. But in many cases, the scale may refuse to budge, even if you stick to your plan. Study results show that part of the problem may lie in our food perceptions and misperceptions.

Researchers have found that people trying to lose weight often overestimate the health of their diet, a bias that could sabotage weight loss efforts. The preliminary research will be presented at the American Heart Association’s 2022 Scientific Sessions, which will be held in-person in Chicago and virtually, Nov. 5-7.

“We found that while people generally know that fruits and vegetables are healthy, there may be a disconnect between what researchers and health professionals consider a healthy, balanced diet versus what the public thinks be a healthy, balanced diet,” the study said. author Jessica Cheng, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and general internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, both in Boston, in a press release.

About half of adults in the United States try to lose weight each year

Nearly half of American adults try to lose weight each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (PDF), with the majority trying to eat more fruits, vegetables and salads.

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