Hitting the gym in the morning to keep the body toned was never my cup of tea. But I didn’t realize this until I went through the torture of waking up at 6 in the morning only to exhaust myself at the gym after following a routine of squats or burpees. In my opinion, it did more harm to me than good because after a workout session I used to treat myself to a McDonald’s breakfast deal (that is my favorite ‘D’ word after Comcast Double Play Deals). Anyhow, I left the gym a month after being registered. I acquired some knowledge regarding healthy eating and the myths that go with it from my trainer, though.
And today I would like to share the knowledge (that I am finding very hard to contain in the limited space up there) with you guys:
Myth#1: Unfriend the yellow fellow
The yellow fellow aka egg yolk has been the target of immense hate and criticism. Oh, the poor soul. It has been accused of raising people’s cholesterol, in the past. After accusing the egg yolk with such charges, one fine day the researchers and scientists decided that this yellow fellow was wrongly blamed for all these years. Now they have very conveniently put the blame on saturated and trans fats. According to the researchers, egg yolks are the carriers of cholesterol but that’s a harmless cholesterol (dietary cholesterol), that cannot be associated with raising blood cholesterol level.
Here, I would like to take a moment of silence for those people who have been ditching the egg yolk to adopt a ‘healthy’ lifestyle. Seems like egg yolks ain’t that bad eh?
Myth#2: This sugar, that sugar, which sugar?
The natural sugar vs. added sugar debate has always annoyed me. Some of my friends who ritually follow diet plans mock the others for drinking a can of coke because it has ‘unhealthy’ sugar. While the apples or bananas that they munch on all the time is rich in ‘healthy’ sugar. Well, sorry to burst your bubble, my dear friends, the science is telling us otherwise. According to researches, both natural and added sugars are the same if we view them at the molecular level. So, stop fooling yourself into believing that natural sugar is any different than the added sugar and you can consume it in any amount that you please. However, the way that the sugar is broken down in our body varies. Let’s say you eat an apple which is part fiber, part Vitamin C, and part sugar, the fiber will aid in slowing the digestion process. This will prevent the sugar level in the body from spiking.
That’s the only difference. Otherwise, natural sugar is no different than the added sugar.
Myth#3: Eat fat, get fat
Recent scientific studies suggest that eating fat does not translate into you getting fat. Surprisingly, the carbohydrates have been associated with a gain in weight more than fats. According to researches, people who restricted the number of fats that they consumed did not lose weight. In contrast, individuals who controlled the number of carbohydrates that they consumed ended up shedding a couple of pounds.
Myth#4: Milk and strong bones go hand-in-hand
If you categorize yourself as one of those victims who has been forced to gulp a glass a milk, join the club. Since childhood, our mothers have threatened us into drinking milk by telling scary stories about how our bones will easily break if we do not consume calcium. While calcium is important for healthy and strong bones, I guess our mothers weren’t really paying attention when the scientists talked about the sources of this vitamin. Studies suggest that consuming leafy, green vegetables is a better source as it helps to retain the calcium in the bones as well. Our parents did not realize that retaining the vitamin is just as important as consuming it.
Myth#5: Salad is your new best friend
While this may hold true that salads are indeed a healthy alternative to the fast-food meal that you otherwise consume, the salads also differ in nature. Eating a salad that is loaded with peanuts, almonds, cream and rich salad dressings is worse than having a hamburger. So, it is the calories and the amount that a thing is consumed in rather than the name of the product.
Remember, not all salads are as healthy as you might think of them to be!
Myth#6: Organic automatically makes it healthy
The trend of swapping organic foods with their counter artificial mates has been on the rise lately. Well, if you munch on organic ‘snacks’, they are still snacks. The word organic does not make them any less harmful.
Myth#7: Don’t even look at food after 6.00pm
Eating at night has long been associated with weight gain. The scientists are still confused as to where this concept originates from. According to recent researches, a calorie remains a calorie, regardless of the time that it was consumed at. The key lies in burning the calories. If you are consuming and burning the consumed calories simultaneously, researchers doubt that you would not lose weight. This has nothing to do with time!
I am glad that the eating after 6.00 pm myth does not hold true because my mother would always force me to have dinner at 6.00 pm. I mean who on Earth does that. My ideal time to eat or munch on snacks is 9.00 pm or later. Because at that time I can choose to stream shows online or watch a movie on TV – thanks to our Xfinity Internet Plans – while enjoying my meal. But my mother doesn’t understand the amount of pleasure I get in doing so. She’s still adamant and won’t let me eat after six in the evening! Sigh…