Weight Loss Myths Busted – Part 1

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A study in Australia shows that the number of people with obesity is rapidly increasing like never before. Around 68% men and 55% women are obese. Not only adults but children are also becoming obese with around 25% of the population. We know that many health problems are related to obesity or the unwanted bad cholesterol. With this rapid increase in number, there is also an increase in the risk of coronary heart diseases, diabetes etc.

Due to these reasons and to become healthy, people constantly try to shed weight and mostly they try to do it in short cuts but these only results in gaining more weight. When it comes to weight loss, most of the people still think of fasting, dieting, reducing the food quantity. This only means that you are removing the essential nutrients from your diet which leads to weight gain. Many people also think that workouts can reduce the weight. It does but there are few conditions as well. There are many more myths or misconceptions among population regarding weight loss. One of them is that doing something in short period of time will give long lasting results. This isn’t true. There’s nothing like magic. These short cuts can do nothing more than bad to your body.

Similarly there are many more myths which are listed below to make you aware of the facts.

Few Facts To Remember:

Weight Loss Myths Busted - Part 1

1. There are no shortcuts to weight loss.

The very first idea or thought that comes to mind regarding weight loss is dieting. This always leads to health problems in many cases. People tend to reduce the food intake and nutrients intake. There’s no food and food combinations which reduce body fat magically. It’s just that you need to know which food caries what and how many calories. Know how many calories you are taking in a day and make changes accordingly. Eat healthy and add some physical activities to your life style.

2. Some dietary fats cause weight gain

Know what you are eating. If you’ve cut many food items from your diet and taking dietary fats more than carbohydrates and proteins, you are likely to gain more weight. Fats are concentrated forms of energy and they carry lots of calories compared to carbohydrates. Consider plant or fish fats than animal fat since animal fats make you fatter. Moreover plant and fish fats are readily used by the body and are less likely to store in the form of fat in your belly.

It doesn’t mean that you can take excess carbohydrates and proteins. Even these are stored in the form of fat. Taking calories more than you burn in a day can make you gain weight.

4. How Much Of Carbohydrates To Take?

Taking low carbohydrates can show good result in short term. You can observe relative weight loss. With time on long term the weight loss rate relatively reduces. Taking very low carbohydrates with rich protein food and fats especially animal fats will show unhealthy results later. Avoiding plant food is a strict no. So it is always advised to take moderate amount of carbohydrates with plant and fish fas along with lots of plant proteins.

Weight Loss Myths Busted

There are many myths related to food and weight loss. It is important to know them if you are planning to shed some weight.

1. Potatoes make you fat:

It used to thought before that cutting carbohydrates like rice, potatoes etc. But actually carbohydrates are the main and preferred source of energy. One cannot skip it. However, you can just reduce the intake of carbohydrates. When you take more energy than your body spends, then you put on weight. This is difficult when you are eating carbohydrates when compared to fats. Taking more amounts of carbohydrates can’t make you fatter that easily but consuming fats can do it very easily.

2. Food combining diets work:

There are many food combination based diets. We often believe that digestive system can’t go for combination of foods. It is also heard that carbohydrates clash with proteins which generally leads to digestion problem and weight gain while this isn’t true. These foods together can actually help our digestive system. Each nutrient helps other in one or the other way. Our digestive system can easily break down all the food we take and so food combining diets should be avoided.

3. Breakfast should consist of fruit only:

Does really eating just fruits in the morning after a long night helps reducing weight? It is a big lie. This in fact isn’t good for health. Day should always start with a healthy meal rich in carbohydrates to start the day. Fruits are rich in fiber and vitamins but they are not rich in carbohydrates which are very essential in the morning.

So these were few facts and myths about weight loss. We’ll check the remaining in part – 2.

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    • Ana these were proved to be myths. Food combination part is what most people still believe and recommend. It’s said that even if we take carbohydrates and proteins together, proteins take more time for digestion. So carbohydrates stay in stomach and ferment while scientists never found such things happening. There’s nothing wrong in taking food combinations but they doesn’t seem to work that much.
      And coming to potatoes, it’s related to carbohydrates which are important. Those who are weak, are always advised to take them first. And every one knows about the breakfast part here. 😛

      Sorry for late reply Ana. I guess you know about the strikes going in Andhra. Sorry to each and everyone here for late response. It’s because of that reason only. 😛

  1. Gayatri, I think whatever you have written is very subjective. People in the west do keep off the weight by banning carbs from their diet. Our Indian way of eating is different, I agree. If you shed weight using a low carb diet and you start eating carbs after you shed weight, you are destined to gain weight again. If you make this a lifestyle like Ana, you can maintain your weight.

    • I totally agree with you Tarun. Western people eat low carb diet cuz they have more chances of gaining weight due the atmosphere there while we Indians have comparatively less chance. So, we should take carbs but in moderate quantity to get that primary energy with protein rich food. 🙂

    • Snacks ideas… Hmmm well there are many. You can choose which is easily available when you are out doors. At home you can go for protein rich foods like an egg or omelet, small bowl of oats, a fruit plus some yogurt, have few nuts with a glass of milk, protein shake etc. Choose just 1. The point is to take something (healthy) in less quantity every 2-3 hours. Avoid all junkies lease. No chats masalas, icecreams, pastries etc.

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