Myth is misconception or false notion. There are many myths we are living with. Lets try and debunk some in this blog.
Starve to see reduction in the weight.
This maybe true in the short term but in the long term it can actually hurt you as it decreases metabolism and muscle mass. Loosing muscle mass is the last thing you want to happen as you age.
Baking and Steaming are only two healthy options.
Oh! There are many more like Grilling, Roasting, Broiling. Try these along with Baking and Steaming to bring variety in the life style.
Do not eat after sunset.
No matter when you eat, body always stores extra calories as fats. So it does not matter at what time of the day you eat . It totally depends on what and how much you eat and how much physical activity you do during the whole day which determines whether you gain, loose or maintain your weight.
Always eat low fat or non fat diets
False. Fat is critical for the optimum functioning of the brain, the heart, the skin and other major organs as well as for the absorption of the vitamins.
Low fat milk has far less calcium than full fat.
No way! There isn’t any great difference. Of course the advantage of drinking low fat milk is that it is lower in calories, fats and saturated fats.
You always gain weight when you stop smoking
There is no scientific basis to this. First CONGRATULATIONS for making that decision to get your life back. Usually one addiction (smoking) is replaced by another (eating).Improve your quality of life and prolong it as well.
Potatoes, bread, pasta, rice are fattening foods.
False. Potatoes, bread, pasta and rice are high in starch but are low in fat and calories. They become high calories food when eaten in large portions or when topped with fats like butter, sour cream, mayonnaise. Foods high in starch are in fact an important source of energy for our body as they are complex carbohydrates.
Vegetarian diets will help you loose weight more easily.
Partially true. People who follow vegetarian eating plan, on average, eat fewer calories and less fats than non vegetarians. Vegetarian diets are needed to be carefully balanced as they often lack in following as compared to their non vegetarian pals.. . IRON . CALCIUM . VITAMIN D . VITAMIN B 12 . ZINC . PROTEIN
You can get these nutrients incorporating following to your eating plan. .
IRON – Spinach, lentils, cashews, cereals .
CALCIUM – Dairy products, fortified soy based beverages,tofu, brocolli. .
VITAMIN D – Fortified foods & beverages including milk, soy based beverages. .
VITAMIN B 12 – Eggs, dairy products, soy products. .
ZINC – Whole grains, nuts, tofu, leafy vegetables like spinach, cabbage, lettuce.
.PROTEINS – Eggs, dairy products, beans, peas , nuts and seeds.
Exercising alone can help in huge weight loss
False. If you are just exercising and not observing your meal plan, the scale is unlikely to budge. Exercise is great for maintaining weight and regulating appetite. But you can make a better impact by controlling what you eat. Both exercising and watching your apetite are complimentary.
Liquid diets / High carb low fat / Detox diets / Diet pills – help you loose weight.
They can actually do the opposite. These all are included in diet fads. These patterns promote short term weight loss with no concern for long term weight maintenance. They are certainly not the ways to loose weight and keep it off. Any diet that strictly limits calories is hard to follow. Mostly they are failures and people regain any lost weight whereby adding frustration.
To loose weight avoid chocolates, fast foods and sweets
Chocolates, fast foods and sweets can be a part of a healthy weight loss program with a little bit of know how such as . Avoid big portions . Select the food wisely avoiding the ones with empty calories or loaded with fats . Eating it once in a while . Splitting the meal with a friend.
You should not incorporate two kinds of carbohydrates in one meal
False. The dietary guidelines recommends eating 6 to 11 servings a day, depending on the individual calories need. One serving equals to one slice of bread, half cup of rice or pasta. So you can easily have two different carbohydrates for the same meal. Complex carbohydrates are always a safe bet. We can get these from following groups. . VEGETABLES – Potatoes, beans, carrots, beet roots, okra, cucumber, radishes, asparagus, onions, spinach and broccoli. .
WHOLE GRAINS – Rice, corn,wheat, oat, breads, pasta.
Water melts the fat.
Whoa! Water is not the magical drink to melt the fat. Drinking more water probably speeds up the metabolic rate. It is always good to replenish water content in the body before and after the exercise. Do drink a glass of water with every meal.
skipping meal is best option
False. Studies have shown that people who skip breakfasts or meals tends to feel hungrier later on and end up eating more than they normally would. Eating small meals throughout the day is the wisest option.
In nutshell NO FOOD CAN BURN FAT. The best way is to cut back on the number of calories you eat and be more physically active.
You ask ten people for weight loss advice and you will get ten different answers. Much of what we have been told about weight loss is actually false.
So, Eat well and stay healthy!! Have a great day!