Stay on top of the common misinformation around you by getting your facts from verified experts. Adopt of a healthy lifestyle by being aware of these common myths about health and weight loss.
Myth #1: Women are less prone to lifestyle related diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc. than men.
Women have protection to such diseases only till they are menstruating. After reaching menopause, females become more susceptible to these diseases than their male counterparts. So, all women approaching menopause must start taking care of their food and exercise.
Myth #2: Zero carb diet is the way to lose weight.
Removing carbs completely never works. Our body needs carbs for nourishment, but make sure you choose the right ones (opt for whole over refined) and keep portions in control. Banishing them will only make you crave more for them.
Myth #3: Missing a meal will help you lose weight.
The only thing that will happen if you miss a meal is stronger cravings leading to overeating later, to make up for the energy of the lost meal. You will end up consuming more calories than the calories in missed meal. Missing a meal also slows down metabolism which in turn goes in a panic mode to conserve the available energy. The result is a sluggish, exhausted body.
Myth #4: If you take a vitamin supplement in the morning, you don’t need to worry about what you eat the rest of the day.
Although vitamin supplements may provide all the vitamins you need each day, there are lots of other important nutrients they don’t provide. So, it’s still important to choose a healthy balanced diet. Remember, vitamin supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet.
Myth #5: Cut apple kept for some time turns brown indicating it’s a good source of iron.
No, apple is not a good source of iron in fact it can be counted as poor source of iron in fruits category where even watermelon has more iron. It gets brown because of oxidation with air (known as Maillard’s Reaction).
Myth #6: Sweating out in gyms only is a sure shot way to keep fit.
Not when your eating habits are not in control. Eating a healthy, balanced diet along with a physically active schedule helps to keep you fit and trim. Literally speaking, walking that extra mile helps, to burn calories and keeping you in shape.
Myth #7: Jaggery is okay for diabetics or weight watchers.
No, jaggery is also a form of simple sugar, which is readily absorbed in our body and gives calories. Definitely not suitable for diabetics but is a better option than table sugar as has some iron and some vitamins.
Myth #8: Fat-free is calorie-free.
Don’t indulge in extra-large servings of fat-free foods, such as cookies, cakes and crackers - these foods may contain the same amount or even more calories than regular versions. Get the right facts by checking food labels for the serving size and number of calories per serving.
Myth #9: Margarine contains less fat than butter, so is better than butter.
Butter and margarine contain different types of fat, but in similar amounts and also have equal number of calories. In fact, butter is a healthier option, of course, in smaller quantities as margarine is rich in saturated fatty acids as well as trans-fatty acids, which raise blood cholesterol.
Myth #10: Sprinkling lemon juice on the fat on meat dissolves it.
Lemon juice, although a good source of vitamin C, won't dissolve the fat in fatty foods. The best way to get rid of the fat on the meat is to cut it off or choose leaner cuts.
Myth #11: Pickles are not rich in calories.
Oil and salt are the common preservatives used in pickles. Oil is high in calories and excessive sodium is bad for health. Pickles often tend to be an unhealthy accompaniment with food, especially readymade ones. A better substitute can be oil-free (or low salt and oil) homemade pickles and mint and coriander chutney made with low salt.
Myth #12: Fish contains a lot of sodium.
Yes, if the fish is canned, smoked or pickled. But fresh fish, whether saltwater or freshwater, is naturally low in sodium ‑- a three-ounce serving of Atlantic cod has only 66 milligrams, for example.
Make sure you stay away from misinformation and urban legends, and keep your body and mind healthy, always.
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