It's best to keep yourself informed by research. Reaching out to healthcare professionals is also highly recommended. After reading this article, you will be better able to understand why these so-called "facts" are just common misconceptions.
MYTH: You should eat at certain times.
FACT: Time doesn't matter all that much. The thing that matters the most is what you eat. Such as eating a burger for lunch won't do you any good but eating a salad before sleeping will. This stuff also depends on your physical condition and metabolism. However, it's better to take low-calorie meals before bedtime for easier digestion.
MYTH: ‘No Carbs’ is the key to weight loss.
FACT: Never cut carbs or carbohydrates completely from your diet. Remember that carbohydrates may either be simple or complex. The former variant is usually found in what we essentially term as junk food. The complex variety, on the other hand, is found in recommended nutritional diets or natural food. You can cut the consumption of simple carbs, but the same is not true for the complex.
MYTH: All fats harm your body.
FACT: Fats play an important part in your body as they are used as energy reservoirs. They also help with maintaining sound health, vitamin absorption, and several other useful functions. But, not all fats are the same. Unsaturated fats are healthy and prevent heart diseases. These fats can be found in plant-based food products like olive oil. On the other hand, unhealthy or saturated fats are found in animal-based foods such as butter, greases, and cheese.
MYTH: Zero gluten foods will help you achieve your weight loss goals.
FACT: Unless you’re stricken with a gluten sensitivity, foods without gluten will not prove to be any healthier for you. It's just for those who are sensitive to these ingredients. If you eliminate gluten from your diet, you will limit your vitamin, mineral, and fiber input.
MYTH: Avoid salt as much as possible.
FACT: Salt is good for you. But, too much of a good thing is bad. Consuming excessive salt can elevate your blood pressure and cause some serious damage to the kidneys. On the other hand, salt, in the right proportions, is essential for many physiological functions. It helps balance water, aids muscle action, and is much-needed by our nerves.
Unless your doctor advises you to avoid salt, you have no reason to.
MYTH: Being vegetarian is the best way to lose weight.
FACT: A vegetarian's eating plan is indeed linked with lower levels of obesity, lower blood pressure, and reduced risk of heart disease. If you do go vegetarian, you should keep your calorie intake in check. Don’t fall behind the 2000 or 3000 calories per day (for men, lesser for women – 2,400 max) limit.
Just remember to research things well before you go on changing everything with your lifestyle.
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