With increase in consciousness about the health aspect of life, a lot of myths regarding what should be eaten and avoided have been floating around. We follow loads of methods to stay healthy and fit. Following is such a list that will help you check that you aren’t doing it wrong.
1. Many small meals are better than a few big ones for reducing weight.
It is a popular belief that eating small frequent meals is better than having three heavy meals in a day if you want to shed that body fat. Sadly, it is not that easy. You only tend to lose weight when your calorie intake is less than your calories burned. Splitting your meals is doing no not at all impacting the either here, however it can help in controlling excessive hunger!
2.Avoid eggs to avoid heart diseases.
Egg yolks are said to contain high levels of dietary cholesterol and hence bad for heart. Studies have shown that dietary cholesterol have negligible impact on the blood cholesterol that is actually responsible for vascular problems. Keep in mind that this might not be applicable to diabetic people!
3.Honey is better than sugar.
To reduce our sugar intake we tend to find substitutes like honey for it. Although honey is natural as opposed to processed sugar, it still does contribute to calorie content. Honey contains high levels of fructose which causes obesity if consumed in excess. So this myth is a fact as long as you don’t consider honey as an infinite substitute!
4. Skipping meals is a good way to lose weight.
Doesn’t it seem pretty straight forward? Skip a meal to reduce weight? Unfortunately it isn’t. Human body is a complex collection of different systems which might not always behave in a predictable manner. When you skip a meal, your blood glucose level dips which is the basic fuel for our body. This leads to inefficient working of the body functions. Also skipping a meal sends your body signals that body is not getting enough food and the metabolic rate slows down which leads to improper burning of next meal. So in total it’s not very healthy method and is helping you in nothing!
5. Organic food is more nutritious than the conventional one.
Organic food is just the same food grown with the help of natural farming techniques. The food such produced in no way contains more nutrients than the normal one we have been eating since forever! The only way organic food would prove to better is that there’s a chance that conventional food might be having slightly elevated levels of fertiliser deposits. Proper washing and peeling would solve this problem as well.
6. The more protein you eat, the better.
Protein is needed for growth and development of the body along with repair of the tissues and is vital. But excess consumption can lead to formation of kidney stones and hence can be dangerously painful. These dangers seem to be only the result of animal protein. Proteins from legumes are still in safe zone.
7. You need eight glasses of water every day.
How much water your body needs is relative. It depends on various factors like what is the temperature of your surroundings, how physically extensive is your daily routine, how much you sweat, how and what kind of food you eat. Eight glasses was prescribed by no physician. So don’t limit yourself to eight, your body needs much more!
8. Nuts are a strict “NO! NO!” if you wish to lose weight.
It is true that nuts contain fats but these ones will not clog your vessels and therefore no heart problems. Cashews contain the highest amount of calories so try and avoid them. Almonds, however, are good for the heart. It’s important to keep in mind that they still are nuts and eating more than half a cup is not recommended.
9. Vegetarian diet is an all healthy diet.
Statistically veggies tend to have lesser BMI than the meat eaters. This is solely because along with more protein, meat also contains more fat. Changing diet might help in losing weight here but make sure you don’t lose out on necessities like vitamin B12, zinc and calcium.
10.Processed low fat food is better.
Processed low fat food is exactly what it says on the label, LOW IN FAT. After removal of fat, it begins to taste horrible. To compensate, loads of sugar is added, elevating the taste but increasing the unhealthy factor too!