Weight Loss Fact | Diet Mantra

Weight Loss Fact

Every day we are receiving so much information and misinformation about our diets that we are always scared while eating. Here are few Diet Myths and facts shared by Diet Mantra, which will empower you to take control of food choices and understand how to take care of self and family’s health.

Myth: Wheat intolerance is one of the major resistances in weight loss

Fact:

Research had found that less than 0.1 percent of the population suffer from wheat intolerance. The weight loss that occurs in wheat free diets is due to a reduction in calories and fat.

Myth: Organic food is healthiest.

Fact:

The term ‘organic’ refers to the farming methods used to produce a food, not its nutrient content. So while organic foods might be better for the environment, eating more of them doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have a lower-calorie or a higher nutrient diet.

Myth: Obesity asks for extra low calorie diet

Fact:

It is the other way round –obese needs more calories to lose weight. This is because the body has to work harder to move more weight around and so burns off more calories as a result.

Myth: Once you hit 65, it’s difficult to resolve to a healthier lifestyle.

Fact:

It’s never too late to make healthy changes in diet or lifestyle. Even if one has already developed insulin resistance, one can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes by eating whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and being more active physically.

Myth: Flax Seed–Oil Supplements Are As Good As Fish-Oil Supplements

Fact:

Fish oil is good because of its omega-3 fatty acids, importantly DHA and EPA, which protects the heart and brain by fighting inflammation, preventing blood clots, nourishing cell membranes et al. Flax seed contains omega-3′s too, but a different kind, ALA. The body converts ALA to DHA and EPA, but not very efficiently. Seafood and fish-oil supplements are best friends to heart and brain.

Myth: Carbohydrates make you fat

Fact:

Carbohydrates are necessary for a balanced diet. It’s not the carbs but the calories that contribute the fat. A smart selection of high fibre and low glycemic sources of carbohydrates can do wonders in a weight management program.

Myth: Low-fat foods help in weight loss

Fact:

It’s not always necessary that low fat or fat free foods are low in calories. In fact, many times the thickeners and extra sugars added to enhance the flavour and texture of these fat free foods make them higher in calories. Read the label for calories.

Myth: Avoid desserts completely

Fact:

Deprivation is the downfall of all diets. You can have a small portion of dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth and still stick to your diet. Do not overindulge.

Myth: No need to worry about the diet if you are enough workouts

Fact:

Exercise alone is not enough. Eating a single serving of chocolate cake having 235 calories will require brisk walk for 1 hour to burn these calories. So, you won’t lose weight unless you also cut calories.

Myth: Do not eat after 8pm

Fact:

It’s not when you eat that’s important, but the total amount of calories you consume in a 24-hour period. It’s just that eating 2 hours before going to bed helps in better digestion. So, manage your dinner time accordingly.