Despite the abundance of information on right nutrition, which can be found in free access on the Internet, doing an ordinary search or subscribing to the channels of professional nutritionists in social networks, society still commonly believes in myths about a pseudo-healthy lifestyle, which need to be exploded once and for all. We are going to become "myth busters" not on our own, but under the careful guidance of a well-known nutritionist Michelle Braude, the founder of The Food Effect—a nutrition consultancy service.
Myth 1: You can lose weight if you skip meals
You can achieve a short-term effect, leaving yourself a couple of times without lunch or dinner, however, during the next meal you will need much more food to satisfy hunger. In addition, from the psychological viewpoint, it will be hard for you to endure such a radical restriction. All food will seem more delicious and mouth-watering than usual.
In order to avoid imbalance in the body function and psychological pressure, you can reduce the amount of food consumed, but not the number of meals, as well as always have a healthy snack at hand rich in fiber, healthy fats and carbs. For example: an apple, a few wholegrain crackers with peanut butter or hummus, and nuts.
Myth 2: You should go gluten-free at once
This statement is true only for those who suffer from gluten intolerance or from coeliac disease, in all other cases this vegetable protein can be safely consumed. It can even serve as an excellent substitute for animal protein combined with a balanced diet for vegetarians and vegans.
Myth 3: Healthy food won't make you gain weight
As in the first case—it all depends on the portion size and any food product becomes unhealthy, if consumed in unlimited quantities. Olive oil, hummus, nuts and avocado are sources of the right fats, and in a balanced amount they have a positive effect on the body, but excessively large portions can easily lead to weight gain, since these are still fats, though the right ones.
Myth 4: Carbs cause weight gain
Completely cutting out carbs from the diet, you are likely to lose weight, but very quickly you will begin to feel fatigue, drowsiness and even apathy, because it is carbohydrates that are transformed into energy necessary for life. Returning to normal nutrition, you can not only gain back the weight, but also gain more.
Instead of completely giving up carbs, choose the right ones: wholegrain and rye bread, quinoa, brown rice, sweet potatoes, oats and wholewheat pasta.
Myth 5: You can lose weight by giving up fatty food
As we have already sorted out in Myth #3, fats can be unhealthy, but they can be healthy as well. For an active and productive life, we need a balanced diet containing proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Fats help us to be sated faster with a small amount of food, lower the risk of heart disease and aid in the absorption of minerals and vitamins.
Myth 6: Workout helps you lose weight
Of course, a nice figure is the result of exercise. But it is essential to keep in mind that active physical activity increases your appetite. Therefore, you should approach diet formulation with particular care. It is important to remember: abs are made not only in the gym, but also in the kitchen!
Myth 7: You need to track your weight every single day
Daily weighing might lead to a serious psychological trauma. Especially for those whose results on the way to the desired effect are not as obvious as they would like them to be, due to differences in physiology, metabolism, age and hormonal background. The best indicator of success will be the way you feel and your reflection in the mirror. Pay attention to the condition of the skin, hair and nails, as well as how your clothes fit.