In our previous blog post, we told you how to lose weight by tricking your brain into eating less. But when it comes to the intake of particular nutrients, there are common myths that we all believe in. These myths about nutrition can sometimes have the opposite effect on us, then the one we hoped for.
To live a healthy life, you need to stop believing in these not-so-correct myths and figure out the facts
Myths about Nutrition
#1 Give up Favorite Foods
Did your last nutritionist shatter your foodie dreams? Are you forced to leave every food you hold dear because certain someone advised you to do so?
They have got it all wrong!
You don’t need to give up all of it. Your most wanted food can still be a part of your weight loss plan...
How, you say?
You just need to keep track of the daily calorie intake. Add a small amount of high-calorie food but remember to keep track of calories it has.
Burn more calories than you eat.
#2 Grain Products are Fattening
Bread, Pasta, Rice, and all of the grain products are fattening.
Well, you are completely wrong if you believe this.
Not all grains contribute to your increasing weight. If you substitute all, or atleast half, of the refined-grain products with whole grains, you will feel fuller and healthier.
Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015-2020) recommend that eating grains is part of the healthy diet plan.
Nutrients like iron and fiber are abundant in whole grains. Some examples of whole grains include cereal, pasta, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice.
Use whole-wheat bread instead of brown and use brown rice instead of white.
#3 Gluten-free Foods are Healthier
Yes, gluten-free foods are healthy but only if you are sensitive to gluten or suffering from celiac disease (a digestive disorder where your small intestine is damaged).
If you are not one of those we mentioned above, leaving gluten was a wrong decision.
Wheat, rye grains, and barley have protein known as gluten. Eating gluten-free food is taking away your vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Consult your health professional and test if you suffer any problems after consuming products with gluten.
If that is not the case, go back to gluten-y food.
#4 Avoid ALL Fats for Weight-loss
No, you don’t need to avoid all those poor fats for your good health and weight management.
There is no doubt in this fact that fats have more calories per gram if you put them in comparison to proteins or carbs.
There are various nutrients in fats that must not be avoided to guarantee a healthy eating plan.
Limit fats but don’t avoid them altogether!
If you want to lose weight and avoid high-calorie diets, consume food that has small amounts of fats in them like avocado or nuts.
Consume low-fat versions of cheese and milk.
There must be no saturated fats in more than 10% of your daily calorie intake as per the recommendation of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015-2020).
#5 Dairy products are Unhealthy
You might know your one friend who would avoid having dairy products like milk and yogurt at any cost. Why?
She might gain weight after consuming these unhealthy products.
Is she right?
Dairy products have proteins to build up your muscles and calcium for strengthening your bones.
Most dairy products also have vitamin D to increase usage of calcium in your body. Dairy products that have no or minimum fat have fewer calories.
Adults must have at least 3 servings of fat-free or low-fat dairy products like yogurt, cheese, or fortified soy beverages for added health.
#6 Vegan Diet Aids In Weight Loss
The vegan diet plan is undoubtedly very good for weight loss and healthy eating.
A vegan diet will also lower your blood pressure and reduce the risks of heart disease.
However, sticking to purely vegetarian food might land you in some troubles.
Following a vegan diet plan doesn’t mean that you don’t need to keep track of the calorie intake.
Most of the vegan diet plan on the internet will lead you to weight gain. How? When you eat a lot of vegetarian food with high sugar and fats.
So keep a close eye on your calorie intake if you are on a vegan diet plan.
Change your nutritional plan and discard those erroneous diet plans you were already following.
Don’t let those dieticians and nutritionists fool you by charging a hefty amount of money for lame tips and advises.