5 Misleading Myths for Weight Loss

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misleading myths for weight loss

When it comes to healthy eating, there are certain “golden rules” you have been told to follow like don’t eat carbohydrates at night. Well, some of these things can be extremely misleading. In this article, we won’t be talking about these conventional rules. But instead, we will debunk these rules. Here are 5 misleading myths for weight loss.

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Myth #1

If you eat less food you lose more weight

If you eat less food you lose more weightMost of us believe that in order to lose weight we need to eat less. And to get that faster we need to eat even lesser. Unfortunately, it is little more complicated than that. Our body requires real food and enough of it to appreciate.

If you consume a bare minimum of calories, your body is going to hold whatever nutrition it will get. It will not have any energy left to form the daily task. You may lose weight initially, but as soon as you return to your normal eating habits, you will tend to put on weight. And it is going to be that much harder for you to lose weight.

Myth #2

Vegetarian’s Don’t eat enough protein

Vegetarian's Don't eat enough proteinWhen you say that you are a vegetarian and the instinctive response seems to be “But where did you get your protein from?” There is a common misconception that animal proteins are the mot predominant sources of natural protein. Now protein needs differ from person to person depending on their active hours, their lifestyle and even their body goals. For example, an active individual would require much more protein as compared to an inactive individual.

About 30% of your daily calorie intake should be from protein and this can be easily met using natural sources. So, here I an interesting fact for you. Vegetarian sources protein tends to be incomplete, whereas animal sourced protein like me attend to be complete sources. But individually, take for example Dal and Rice, they tend to be incomplete, but when you pair them up they tend to act as the complete source of protein.

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Myth #3

Brown Bread is “Less-Fattening” Than White Bread

Less-FatteningIn an effort to “eat clean”, you may just pick up a packet of brown bread and think yourself that you are doing a good deal. When in reality you are just consuming white bread with an addition of caramel coloring. If the label reads “Wheat or Irish Wheat” it just means white bread.

White bread is considered to be unhealthy because of the way it affects your blood glucose levels. And the fact is caramel coloring just does that. While whole wheat bread may be more nutritious for you in terms of fiber and micronutrients, the calories between white bread and brown bread are almost the same. But, if you are still adamant on consuming bread, go to a Whole grain bread and not a brown bread.

Myth #4

Egg Yolk Causes Cholesterol

Egg Yolk Causes Cholesterol‘Cholesterol’ the word itself is so scary enough to give egg appearance and never make you look at it again. So, you think that eating cholesterol directly contributes to raising your blood cholesterol levels, but it is little more complicated than that. We tend to equate cholesterol with the disease and consequently death, but in reality, cholesterol is extremely important for you. For example, it’s required to make the bile acids in your body that aid in digestion.

Given how important cholesterol is our body has the device specific mechanism to come up with it that is blood cholesterol. But the Cholesterol you derive from food it is called dietary cholesterol, which is very poorly absorbed by the body. So, the amount you have very little to do with your blood cholesterol levels, which mean that the total amount in your body will very very minimal. However, it is still important never to go overboard with your consumption because there aren’t many studies that depict the effects of consuming more than three whole eggs a day. It’s better to be safe than be starved.

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Myth #5

“Diet” drinks are a good alternative to sodas.

Diet drinks are a good alternative to sodasMany times you hear that do not drink sodas, instead opt for diet drinks to maintain weight. But the fact is sodas or diet drinks are filled with artificial sweeteners. They are very toxic to the human body. These toxins tend to stop the unstable physical balance of your body and brain, which ironically will cause you to gain weight. If you want to drink, always opt for fresh water, herbal teas, freshly squeezed green juices and smoothies.

BY M. DIVYA SRI

 

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