Written by: Anisha Bhatia, NDTV, 07 Apr 2017
Don’t let the misinformation stand between you and your fitness goals. On this World Health Day, our expert lists down the popular dieting myths that may be causing you to pack on pounds.
We have all, at least once in our lives, gone on a diet. Haven’t we? Let’s face it, the road to weight-loss and sustaining that all important ratio of calories consumed to calories burnt is tough. What makes it tougher is that with all the dieting information out there, it is hard to separate myth from fact. Rest easy because that’s exactly what we are going to do for you, Shubi Husain, a famous Food & Nutrition Expert has busted down the popular dieting myths that are causing you to pack on pounds.
Here are the top 10 dieting myths that might be keeping you from achieving your fitness goals.
MYTH 1 – All carbs are bad for you.
FACT: Carbohydrates are of two types: simple and complex. Simple carbs (refined flour) found in foods like cookies and candy, lack vitamins, minerals and fiber. On the other hand, foods with complex carbs like whole-wheat bread, beans, and fruit, have lots of nutrients that are good for you.
MYTH 2: Low fat and fat free (non-fat) foods are low in calories.?
FACT: It is not necessary that Low Fat or No fat means Low calories or No calorie. Lot of foods which say this have low fat but will add other carbs and sugar and will have may be the same or more calories than the full fat version. Apple is low fat but that does not mean it does not have calories. Always check the calories of foods you are eating.
MYTH 3: Skipping breakfast makes you gain weight.
FACT: Eating a healthy breakfast can help you manage your hunger later in the day and help you to say, no to unhealthy snacks. No scientific studies have shown that skipping the morning meal leads directly to weight gain.
MYTH 4: Eating at night will make you fat.
FACT: People who eat late at night do tend to put on extra weight. One possible reason is that late-night eaters tend to choose high-calorie treats. Some people who snack after dinner do not sleep well, which can lead to unhealthy cravings the next day.
MYTH #5: Fasting can help you lose weight quickly.
FACT: Fasting is not healthy if you go hungry all day and end up with a huge meal that replaces all the calories you skipped earlier. Compared to people who lose fat by eating fewer calories, people who fast lose more muscle than fat.
MYTH #6: Some foods burn fat.
FACT: No foods can burn fat. Some food with caffeine may speed up your metabolism for a very short time, but they do not cause weight loss.
MYTH #7: Dairy products are fattening and unhealthy
FACT: Dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt are actually packed with essential nutrients that help to keep us healthy. Dairy products need not be essentially fattening and depends on our choice of products. There are many low-fat products available such as skimmed or semi-skimmed milk, low-fat yoghurts and reduced-fat cheeses. Switching to low-fat dairy products doesn’t mean you’ll get less calcium either. In fact, skimmed and semi-skimmed milks actually contain slightly more calcium than full-fat milk.
MYTH #8: Margarine is healthier and lower in fat than butter.
FACT: Often hailed as a healthy alternative to butter, margarines aren’t always a better choice. To start with, ordinary margarines contain just as much fat and as many calories as butter and so offer no real slimming benefits. Worse still, they may also contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, which create trans fats – and these are thought to be as harmful to our heart health.
MYTH #9: You don’t need to exercise to lose weight. Only dieting is enough.
FACT: Exercise is an add on with dieting. We cannot stop our cravings, and stop eating all our favourite foods. However we can burn off calories by exercising. By incorporating exercise into our daily regime, we immediately make weight loss more attainable. Simply by walking 30 minutes every day at a pace which raises our heart rate enough can add to weight loss tremendously. Additionally, exercise gives us many other health benefits, like a healthier heart, lower BP, an overall greater feeling of well-being etc.
Myth #10: High-proteins are a healthy way to lose weight.
FACT: Getting most of your daily calories from high- protein foods like meat, eggs, and cheese is not a balanced eating plan. You may be eating too much fat and cholesterol, which can cause heart disease. You may be eating too few fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which may lead to constipation due to lack of dietary fiber and cause a lack of essential vitamins and minerals. Following a high-protein diet may also make you feel nauseous, tired, and weak
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