Diets : Common Myths and Truths

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Almost every kind of diet in the world forbids individuals from eating meats, sugar and diary foods and ask them to concentrate more on vegetables, fruits and whole grain foods. Agreed that you need to restrict the intake of dairy products and other fatty foods in order to reduce or maintain your weight.

However, avoiding these foods altogether can also cause serious side effects in your body in the long run. And most of the time, individuals are too busy looking after their structures to realize the amount of health they are losing by restricting certain foods from their meals.



Accordingly, each and every mineral, vitamin or nutrient found in foods has a specific purpose. While minerals like calcium and proteins play important roles in strengthening the bones and generating blood vessels etc., vitamins like Vitamin A, C and E help protect the body against several infections and other outside elements that can cause bodily harm.

Hence it becomes necessary to include all the possible minerals and nutrients in a well balanced diet. Restricting even one of these essential nutrients can spell doom for the body in the long run.



Here are a few very common myths about some nutrients and diets that forgo them in order to give the promise of a healthy and trim body.

Many individuals have the general impression that carbohydrates can cause weight gain and enable the body to resist insulin. The truth however is that carbohydrates do not cause weight gain at all. The only way a person can gain weight is if he/she eats more calories and exercises less.

Most diets that concentrate on the protein quotient while minimising the carbohydrate quotient, also lack in calcium, fibre and phytochemicals.



Even though a person can take vitamin supplements as boosters, at the end of the day, he/she will seriously miss out on the natural nutrients found in foods (healthiest forms of nutrients).

Again some diets restrict you from mixing proteins and carbohydrates in your meals. These are also called as mono diets which promise weight loss based on the fact that an individual eats less when he/she eats the same food over and over again.

However, dieticians confirm that a healthy and fit body requires an ample amount of both nutrients. Eat smart and stay healthy in the process they say!


Who told drinking milk can make you gain weight? Milk is in fact one of the best whole meals and can help you to actually lose weight rather than the other way around. Milk is known to contain ample amounts of calcium and protein in addition to containing over 14 different nutrients.

The weight reduction part of this popular myth is proven by the presence of linoleic acid in milk that acts as a diet suppresant and reduces fat in addition to preserving the muscle tissue.

Many dieticians stress the fact that dinner needs to be finished at least by 7 in the night. The truth about this strange myth is that an individual should have his/her dinner at least 3 hours before he/she goes to bed.

This gives ample time for his/her body to digest the food. However, there is no need to worry if you cannot stick to the early dinner routine. All you need to do is eat a late but nutritious meal and wait for some time before hitting the bed.



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