Nutrition is full of misconceptions. People don’t understand the actual concept of nutrition and keeps on following what they think is “right”.
Here are the top 7 most common nutrition mistakes that people often make.
1. Not eating regularly
The most common mistake people make is not eating regularly enough. They eat three meals a day, and tend to eat in excess during the last meal.
It is better to break your diet into 5-6 smaller meals than just 3. Having regularized smaller meals, after every 3-4 hour, will keep you full throughout the day. Your digestive system breaks down small amount of food more easily.
This speeds up your metabolism. This way you can keep an eye on your food intake and can lose more weight too.
2. Not drinking enough water
Sometimes what we think is hunger pang is actually thirst. Most people suffer from dehydration and they don’t even realize it.
Not drinking enough water makes your thirst mechanism weak and you mistake being thirsty as being hungry. This leads to consume more food and hence the weight gain.
Try and keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. Eat foods like pineapples, tomatoes, watermelon, and cucumber to keep up the water content along with food.
3. Exercise can’t make up for bad food habits
The most common misconception people have is that exercising can make up for their unhealthy food habits. Exercising surely helps you lose those extra kilos. But if you don’t have control over your diet, then even exercising can’t help you.
Exercise is an adjunct professor to your health school, not its substitute. It is your diet that determines your biochemistry, not the exercise. Insulin and trans-fats will not sweat out of your body on a treadmill. You have to watch what you eat
4. Being afraid of fats
What most of us forget is that not all fats are harmful. Unsaturated fats like refined sugar, processed food are the bad fats. Foods that are naturally high in saturated fats like eggs, butter, coconut oil, and avocado are good for our health.
5. Cutting back on salt
Cutting down or reducing too much sodium from your diet is actually unhealthy. Though sodium restriction lowers down the blood pressure and can prevent heat diseases like stroke, but restricting too much of salt can be harmful.
It can affect insulin resistance, elevate cholesterol or may cause goiter. If you are avoiding processed food, there is no need to cut the required amount of salt in your diet.
6. Taking calorie count as the only parameter
Calories are very important but they aren’t the only thing that matters. Different foods trigger hunger and health differently. Each food contains different value of nutrients.
A diet that is too rich in one nutrient and too low on another, can be the back burner of your weight lose journey. A well balanced combination of nutrients like carbohydrates, dietary fats and proteins can really make a difference.
7. Relying too much on “Health Food”
Most of the “health conscious” people think that the so called “health food” is indeed healthy. Marketers are here to sell the products. Just printing “organic”, “fat free”, “glutton free”, or “natural” doesn’t make the packed food health.
Most of the health foods in market contain additives and are highly processed. Learn to read the nutritional analysis given on the food package. Because even if sugar is organic, it is still sugar and glutton free junk food is still junk food.