It’s the summer of 2017! For all those working on their bikini bods or aspiring for fresher minds and fitter physiques, don’t be fooled by these unscientific myths on healthy eating and living.
“FAT-FREE IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN FULL FAT.”
Remember when you thought you were being healthy by buying low-fat yoghurt? Turns out, it may not be as nutritious as you imagined. When producers manually remove the fat part of products, it needs to be replaced by something. More and often than not, that ends up being sugar. Thus on the calorie side, you are actually doing more harm than good.
“SWIMMING IS A GREAT FORM OF WORKOUT.”
Shocked? Although swimming does tone your muscles and is great for stamina and to distress, it may not be the BEST form of exercise. We forget that when we swim, the buoyancy provided by the water does most of the work for us. You would probably burn more calories biking or work out in the gym.
“A CARB-FREE DIET IS THE SOLUTION TO ALL OUR WEIGHT PROBLEMS”
It’s more effective to have the RIGHT carbs as compared to no carbs at all. Examples of good Carbs would be fibres, whole grain, and fruits and vegetables.
“EATING SMALLER MEALS MORE TIMES A DAY INCREASES METABOLISM”
Eating regularly has little to do with an increase in metabolism. Metabolism is the breakdown of food particles by the body. Having smaller meals frequently hardly affects the speed or effectiveness of the body’s digestion. Eating more times a day is a clever strategy so that one does not feel a greater hunger later and overeat.
CARBS AND FATS MAKE YOU FATTER”
Eating carbohydrates or fats does not make one overweight. On the contrary, they keep us energised and fuller for longer. More caloric intake than a number of calories burnt leads to higher body mass. As simple as that.