International Fasting Day: focus on nutrition Not Calories for Weight Loss

Fad diets have become a quick and effective fix for people with weight loss goals. More and more people focus on abstaining from their diet. Instead of including a healthy and nutritious diet, On International Fasting Day 2023, Health Shots offer compelling insights into healthy eating and food myths. As highlighted by Leema Mahajan, clinical nutritionist and weight loss expert.

Leema Mahajan, a believer in holistic health and functional foods, says people need to stop blindly following diets. There is no one diet that works for everyone, she insists.

diet myths for weight loss

While talking about the importance of understanding nutrition. Experts have highlighted this myth. related to eating behavior Most of these are popular among those struggling to lose weight. Let’s look at food myths.

1. Calorie deficit for weight loss

According to Leema Mahajan, the most popular myth is ‘calories in, calories out’. “Creating a calorie deficit is important for weight loss. But that’s not the only thing that works. Factors like hormonal imbalances, sleep, certain medications, and metabolic adjustments are some of the factors that make it harder for some people to lose weight.”

She also became concerned when people consumed very low-calorie, low-nutrition foods following the guidelines. “While the deficit is key, How you fuel your body throughout the process will determine how well and sustainably you achieve your goals,” says Mahajan, cautioning that such diets are a surefire way to deplete your body and deplete it. make a mess hormonal balance

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Cut calories from your diet carefully. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

From working with clients who eat only 800 calories a day and still lose weight. She says metabolic adaptation plays a huge role in weight loss. Eating the wrong food can lead to side effects. Therefore, education about healthy eating is paramount.

“People benefit when their calorie intake is gradually increased over several weeks with a highly nutritious diet. Our body is much smarter. with very low calories thus shutting down other operations and focusing only on survival.”

2. Eliminate fat from your diet to lose weight.

People tend to ditch fat as soon as they think about losing weight and switch to boiled and steamed foods, Mahajan noted. “Fat has a reputation for being ‘Bad guys for the heart’, but not all fats are created the same way. Nuts and seeds are high in fat. But the monounsaturated fats in nuts and seeds lower LDL cholesterol (called bad cholesterol). The omega-3s in ghee help fight inflammation,” she adds.

It’s important to note that fat isn’t the only source of energy. Fat cells also help produce important hormones.

But avoiding unhealthy sources of fat such as margarine, soybeans, palm oil and canola oil is necessary. Bakery foods, ice cream, are mostly rich in trans fats. Now these are the fats you should avoid, so choose your fat intake wisely!

Read more: Why isn’t saturated fat the enemy you’ve always thought of?

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Yes, ice cream is delicious, but it can add belly fat! Image Courtesy: Adobe Stock

3. Use of incorrect information

Thank you (or not thank you) in the world of social media. Most nutritionists or health professionals have specific recommendations for living a healthy lifestyle. They may end up cutting out essential food groups without realizing the nutritional implications. or focusing too much on one aspect of nutrition without considering the big picture But consumers of this information must exercise caution.

Leema Mahajan, who is quite famous on Instagram, says, “People often hear conflicting advice from different sources. This can cause confusion and frustration. Inaccurate information can be extremely dangerous when it comes to food and nutrition. People may take advice that is not backed by scientific evidence. and may end up doing more harm than good.”

It can also be difficult to distinguish between good and bad advice. Lots of attractive ‘quick fixes’ But they may not always be based on credible scientific evidence. Either a high-fat or a low-carb diet. It’s important for people to read up on the latest nutritional research and seek advice from their healthcare provider before making drastic dietary changes, Mahajan said.

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One size is not suitable for weight loss.

Losing weight or gaining weight – no matter what your end goal is, Leema Mahajan says people need to be aware that there is no. “The right way to eat”

“Everyone’s dietary needs are different. And what works for one person may not work for another. Finding a diet that works for you and listening to your body is important.”

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