Myths about Nutrition and Physical Activities for weight loss

How many of us are trying to reduce our extra weights? Well, everyone, I guess. In America, the number of obese people is ever growing and there is growing concern about weight reduction. But are we getting exact and true advice from patrons? In that case, there is some ignorance going on our side. We tend to believe in each and every advice while we aim for weight loss despite giving it a second thought at all. To reduce weight, it is important that we get all kinds of support from all sources and thus it becomes even more important to quash some myths relating to Nutrition and Physical Activities in terms of weight loss.

Myth 1: To lose weight, one must get rid of their favorite foods

Often our favorite foods are those having high calorie and amount of fat in them. But it is nowhere near the truth that we must leave all the delicacies behind to start losing weight. In fact, they are harmful to our health, but a small amount of those foods coupled with diet plan suggested by our nutritionist would help lose weight many ways. To track your daily intake of fat and calorie, you may take reference from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2016-17 for estimates related to a person’s age, sex, and physical activity level or can track your progress through The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Super Tracker Tool.

Myth 2: Choosing foods that are gluten-free will help you eat healthier

Gluten is a kind of protein that is found in wheat, barley, and rye grains and a diet deficient in gluten is helpful in treating people who have celiac disease or are sensitive to it. But if you don’t carry this disease, this is not worth missing for the body as you might miss important nutrients such as vitamins, fiber, and minerals requirement. A gluten-free diet is not a weight loss diet and is not intended to help you lose weight. So it advisable to have a chat with your healthcare professional if you want to try the gluten-free diet.

Myth 3: Avoid all fats to lose more weight

It is not at all advisable that one should avoid all fats if he were to lose weight. Some fats provide essential nutrition to the body and any healthy diet must contain some fatty foods to make it more comprehensive. But the fats have more calorie than carbohydrates, one must learn to contain the intake of it or else it can impact the health of the user. If you are trying to lose weight, you should eat small amounts of food with healthy fats such as avocados, olives or nuts. Or you can replace higher fatty foods with their alternatives that have less fat content. As per the dietary guidelines for Americans 2015-20, it is recommended to consume less than 10 percent of your daily calories from saturated fats. Instead, try cutting out the solid fats and use olive oil in place of fats while cooking.

Myth 4: Dairy Products have more fats

This is one of the most general myths that the dairy products have more fats as compared to other food products and hence it must be curbed. This is not the case as they contain protein and calcium which is important for muscle and bone growth of human beings. But yes, enough consumption of dairy product must be curtailed in order to be more fit and proper. Adults should have at least 3 servings of fat-free or low-fat dairy products including milk, yogurt, and cheese.

Myth 5: Going vegan is the best way to lose weight

It is a fake prospect that vegans have more chances of getting fitter and losing weight. But this is not true for all cases and occasions. Some researchers have shown that going vegan would lead to lower levels of obesity, lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart attack but it is nowhere proved that only vegan people can reduce their weight more fiercely than non-vegetarian people. Proper diet coupled with a nutritious diet plan might be able to crack some weight open.  

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