For as long as I can remember, I have been on the ‘healthier’ side for the sundry well-meaning neighbourhood (and family) aunties, who never fail to pass a remark on my weight. Yes, I am overweight according to the charts, but if one more person told me to have a spoon of honey in warm water early every morning, I will shove that very water down their gullets. If one more ‘building aunty’ told me to munch on carrots and have beetroot juice, I will play Holi with the same juice on her pristine white front doors. And if one more friendly uncle told me how I would possibly find a suitable groom with the way I look, I will ensure my high kick lands at a spot on his body that will be excruciatingly painful for him.
No, I am not kidding. Weight loss is no joke and only those who struggle with it on their journey to good physical health know what I am talking about. Enter celebrity dietician Shweta Shah, who I happened to be chatting with about it. She ended up busting a few myths surrounding the topic, which made it easy to take on the goal with a fresh perspective and a refreshed mind!
Shah’s mainstay advice is that don’t fall for tactics, “Because as much as we would like to lose weight easily, one has to put in effort and adapt to lifestyle changes in order to stay healthy and lose the extra kilos.”
So here starts the myth busting:
Always Count Your Calories
In today’s digital era, everyone is concerned about calories. Even in gyms you may have heard the words calorie burning, calorie in, calorie out, etc. Calorie counting is like looking at a spreadsheet on a plate! All you see is numbers. The more calories you eat the more weight you gain. Sorry, but this is a big myth! What we eat is that what we absorb right, but if you eat highly processed food then result may vary because here our gut health decides how much calories are absorbed by body. So gut health is the important factor while talking about calories. So, while we tend to focus more on calories, we are restricting ourselves to actually consume healthier options.
In practice: To make the concept simpler here is one example, you have two choices – a diet cola and an apple, wherein the former has 0-1 calories whereas a medium-sized apple has 52. So, by the calorie-counting method (and perhaps taste!), you might choose the diet cola. You give up on nutrition which the apple provides you. Hence, one needs to focus on eating clean foods rich in nutritional values, instead of worrying about the calorie consumption.
Salad And Soups Are Best!
Another myth used as an example for people trying to lose weight! You may see many eat salads or soups for weight loss, but then often ending up weak and developing. Here’s how: I am sorry to break it to you, but not all salads are diet-friendly. Also, do you know salad dries your digestive system?
In practice: It is easier for our body to extract nutrients from raw food, but people suffering from GI issues may not be able to digest them well and ending up suffering from gas, bloating and water retention instead. Also, do you know the amount of oil in some of the dressings or mayo?
At a restaurant, the soup is almost equivalent to a ‘salt bomb’ owing to the added preservatives. Your diet or meal should be balanced, and full of nutritional dishes.
Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day
While this is not totally incorrect, it is also not entirely correct. Breakfast is important, but one should not eat it king size. We recommend you to follow the circadian rhythm diet, eat according to the sun’s cycle.
In practice: Think your body is kind of play. Just because curtain goes up, it doesn’t mean the show can start without any prior preparations. Before the show begins, one has to look into the script, costumes, makeup, audio and lighting. Otherwise, it would be a mess, right? Our digestive system works in a similar way. Your breakfast should be like a warm-up. Your lunch should be heavy, and you have to finish your dinner before 7:30 pm. Synchronising the eating time with the sun can do wonders to your body, and also works as a form of intermittent fasting.
Drink Water For Weight Loss
Myth, myth, myth. Drinking water is good for hydrating the body, but if you are consuming water more that your body requires you end up putting an extra pressure to the kidneys. It will result in your kidneys working double, which is not good for health at all! Drink away, but only as per your body requirements.
Also read: 5 Detox Drinks To Have Have On An Empty Stomach For Weight Loss
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