Are you struggling to live a healthier life? Want to lose a few pounds? You tried so hard and got so far but in the end nothing worked? Don’t worry we are going to help you out.
This article will tell you all about the dieting problems, myths and solutions that can help you lead a healthy life. But before that, let us know what a diet is.
“Diet is the only game where you win when you lose” – Karl Lagerfeld
Diet is the overall intake of food of an individual. It also refers to the restriction one puts on his/her average consumption of food.
Diet is a phase that each and every one undergoes. Whether you are going to a wedding or wan to impress your co-worker, you try to ‘diet’ to look better and have a much healthier life.
But do you really need a diet?
Why Do People Go On Diets?
A rather more engaging question is, “Why do we need a proper diet?
Healthy eating gives rise to a healthier lifestyle. A proper balanced diet gives us all the required nutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals.
Now let’s get back to the question, “Why do people go on a diet?
To lose weight, to build a stronger immune system, to control their blood pressure level and cholesterol level, and many more reasons are there for cutting out a few food items from a regular meal.
Low-fat diet, low-carb diet, keto diet, etc. are some of the common diets followed by many, but only a few achieves their fitness goals.
Either because they are not serious enough about their health or they are following a wrong procedure of dieting. Or is there anything else?
WHY DO MOST DIETS FAIL IN THE LONG RUN?
- People want faster results for longer period of time and they stop focusing on the details of a diet plan.
- Impatience can lead to gradually losing interest and will power for dieting.
- Hastily picking up suggestions from your friends can never turn out to be good your body.
- Dieting without physical movements or exercise is a waste of time and energy.
- Blindly following your favourite celebrity’s diet routine can counter your fitness goals.
- Last but not the least, myths about dieting can ruin your diet to a large extent.
Food or diet myths have higher impact on the people, rather than the actual facts. So, it is the need of the hour to know about these myths and stop following them.
Common Myths Related To Diets
When it comes to dieting, people propend to believe all kinds of biological shams they hear. The myths related to foods or dieting will never leave your mind unless you understand what is actually behind them. The food or diet myths are full of prejudicial and stereotypical thoughts and opinions of people.
Skip meals and starve yourself to lose weight
When you think about going on a diet, the first thing that comes to your mind is to skip some meals. Researches and surveys have shown us that intake of less than 70% of our overall calorie needs can be harmful for the body.
‘Skipping meals’ means restricting the energy source of your body and brain. Lesser intact of food will eventually lower your metabolic rate which will, then, lead to lesser energy supply to your body. This will make you weaker and hungrier.
All calories are created equal
Do you know that an apple and a can of coke have equal amounts of calories in them? But apples are no doubt healthier than coke. How so?
Even though both have same amount of calories, coke makes you fat but apple doesn’t because of the components in them. Cokes are full of sugars that increase the calorie content but they are unhealthy. Whereas, apples are a natural source of calories, plus, they have essential fibres in them too.
Therefore, all calories are not created equal.
Cut out fats from your diet
Fats are incredibly necessary in a diet. One-third of your calories intake must be from fats. Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, olive oil, fish, avocado, etc. are essential for the body.
Fats are helpful in absorbing nutrients like Vitamin A, D, E and K (fats-soluble). They are also responsible for energy generation and tissue repairs. ‘Cutting out these vital fats’ from your diet means giving your body incomplete supply of nutrients.
Cut out carbs from your diet
Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet. Intake of foods like apples, spinach, cucumber, wheat, etc. supplies your body with the required complex carbs.
These complex carbs takes a longer period to be digested, which will prevent you from getting fat. It also helps balance your blood sugar level and the fibres in them keeps you full for longer period.
Do not cut out these essential carbs. Instead, cut the ‘simpler carbs-containing’ foods like bread, cookies, cake, sodas, etc.
Eating at night makes you gain weight
The timing of eating your meals does not affect your weight. Rather your calories are going to affect it. Eating ample amount of calories at night is better than eating excessive amounts of calories before 6pm. But it is preferred to eat less after 7pm.
Eat salads only
Whatever be your fitness plan, you need a balanced diet. But eating only salads cannot give you all the nutrients. Salads only give you vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates. What about proteins, fibres and fats? Eating salads cannot serve as a complete balanced diet.
You can eat as much as you want, if you are exercising
If your plan is to lose weight, then exercises serve only 20% of the purpose. The other 80% depends on the foods you eat. If you do not follow a strict diet paired with exercises or yoga, then weight loss will be a difficult task to accomplish.
Follow an intense workout regime
Workout and exercise are no doubt helpful in losing weight and proving a healthier body. But intense amount of workouts are not needed and can also be harmful.Gardening, brisk walking, jogging, skipping, regularly playing or doing housework can also make quite a difference in your body.
Interesting Food Facts You Must Know
The myths about healthy eating can never benefit you, but these fun facts about foods can help you eat healthier.
- ‘Sleeping beauty diet’ is a diet in which the person is asked to extend his/her sleep schedule to stop snacking time to time.
- Coffee and dark chocolates can help you lose your abdominal fats.
- You burn around 80 calories just while sitting on a desk.
- Diet coke is not something you should take while on diet. Even though ‘diet’ is present in its name, it can still lead to obesity.
- All kinds of leafy green vegetables have high amount of iron, fibre and water in them.
- Cardamom, fennel seeds and carom seeds helps in better digestion.
- Drinking plenty of water can help you in losing your weight.
- Walnuts serve as a great source of nourishment for your brain.
- Many studies have confirmed that unorganized workspaces can trigger unhealthy snacking.
- Frequently smelling peppermint can help in decreasing calorie intake and hunger.
Picking Up A Proper Diet
If not follow the myths, then what should you actually follow? No one can answer is question properly because there is not a single diet that can perfectly suit an individual.
A diet followed by a person might not be effective for another. Because we are all unique!
Therefore, I have listed some of the common habits that are included in almost all kinds of diets.
Drink plenty of water
Water is important for living. It is required by each and every organs, tissues and cells. Drinking plenty of water will boost your metabolism, suppress you’re appetite and help you exercise more efficiently.
Lower your sugar intake
Sugars are everywhere. They have very few nutrients and a lot of calories which can cause obesity.
Control your untimely snacking and cravings
Apart from having meals, if you constantly find yourself eating snacks, then stop it because it always keeps you full. The body is busy digesting the foods, so it cannot focus on reducing your extra weight.
Eat your carbs and fats
Do not skip on eating foods filled with healthy carbs and fats, like vegetables, fruits, whole milk, dry fruits, lentils, beans and many more. These foods are energy generating foods.
A good sleep routine
Sleep deprived individuals can never lead a healthy life. Sleep is important because your body needs to rest as well as produce hormones that are vital for a healthy body.
A healthy diet is all we need to live our lives happily. But the above-mentioned myths and other problems of dieting can hinder your physical as well as psychological well-being. You must avoid these myths and follow the certain important facts and plans mentioned. These simple methods and tricks can certainly help you achieve your fitness goals. Happy dieting!