Follow “Science” not “Myths”- Top 5 fitness and nutrition myths answered.

 

Q.1 If we workout daily than we can eat any thing we like. Is this true?

A. 1 No. When we exercise, diet becomes all the more important. This is because we need to refuel properly since we lose a great amount of carbohydrates, protein and other micro nu­trient reserves. Unless we provide our body with adequate amount of quality nutrition, it will not build lean muscles or lose body fat.

Q. 2 If I eat fat, I will get fat. – Myth

A.2 Fact: It’s not the fat but the excess calo­ries and the wrong timings that cause the ac­cumulation of fat.

Q. 3 Does cutting down carbohydrates from the diet help lose weight quickly?

A. 3 No. When carbohydrates are not adequately present in the diet, the body starts using protein as the source of energy thus causing low levels of protein in the body. Low protein may result in water retention (edema). When we go on a crash diet we might initially see the weight loss but that is due to the lean body weight (weight of bones and muscles) coming down due to lack of important nutri­ents and not the actual fat loss, in fact some­times the fat body weight increase.

Q. 4 Can fruits be eaten at anytime and with any food combination?

A. 4 No. Fruits are best eaten on empty stom­ach to reap all of its benefits. So we should eat fruits first thing in the morning or whenever our liver store is empty i.e. usually after exer­cising. Several research show that when fruits are eaten at any other time or combined with any other foods, fructose, the sugar that we get from fruits, is converted into triglycerides (a type of fat that circulates in the blood – re­sponsible for heart disease, insulin insensitivity and bigger fat cells).

Q. 5 What are flax seeds?

A. 5 Flax seeds are the best plant source for the important omega-3 fatty acids known as alpha linolenic acid. Alpha linolenic acid is considered essential fatty acid since body can­not make it – it has to be obtained from the diet. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases. Flax seeds are shown to also promote cardiovascular and colon health, boost immunity, promote healthy skin and help stabilize blood sugar. Flax seeds are also a great source of lignans. Research shows that lignans have protective effect against cancers like breast, ovarian and prostate cancers. Flax seeds also contain soluble fiber thus help in relieving constipation. Flax seeds are best con­sumed after grinding as whole seeds can’t be digested. You can buy ready flax meal which is ground flax seeds, but I always think fresher is better.

“4 tablespoon of flax seed meal can provide approximately 6 g of protein and 8 g of fiber.” Source- Jonny Bowden, 150 Healthiest foods on earth.

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One response to this post.

  1. hello Radhika: i like the format of this specific post,viz a FAQ type,yes,indeed serves as a myth burster & common questions & insightful,detail oriented crafted answers 🙂
    regards,raj

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