Learning all about eating right as a means to get rid of unhealthy eating patterns, can be quite a task. Especially with the amount of false information available to us.
To get this right, we've spoken to Hanisi Savla, a nutritionist, dietitian and founder of Diet Heal.
She shares her expertise about common diet myths and the facts that everyone should know about.
Here's what she has to say:
Myth: Skip your meal and eat less, it helps you lose weight.
FACT: Skipping your meals and eating less evokes an increased urge to eat a lot more in your next meal hence leading to increased calories and high sugar levels in the body.
Myth: If the label says "low-fat", you can eat all you want and not gain weight.
FACT: Many low fat or no-fat foods have added sugar, starch, or salt to make up for the reduction in fat. They have just as many calories, or more, than the regular version. Check the nutrition label to see how many calories are in a serving and be sure to check the serving size too.
Myth: Eating fat is unhealthy.
FACT: About 20% of your daily calorie intake should come from fats. Dietary Fat is important to produce hormones and are also essential for absorption of vitamins. Fat-free diets lead to hairfall, dry skin, pigmentation and hormonal imbalance. Lack of good fats in the diet leads to cholesterol issues and accelerates levels of triglycerides.
Myth: Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.
FACT: Calories are calories, and it doesn’t matter what time you eat them. What matters are the total calories you take in. To lose weight, a calorie deficit is all that matters.
Myth: You can eat whatever you want as long as you exercise.
FACT: To achieve healthy weight-loss, exercise and diet go hand in hand. There is no shortcut to lose weight because whatever you eat in the end has to be burned in the form of calories for good results.