The type of food is important when it comes to losing weight, but the problem is that there is a lot of conflicting or misleading information about “how to lose weight”.
According to what was published by Only My Health, some say that weight loss can be achieved by eating several small meals spread throughout the day, and at the same time, some believe that intermittent fasting does not help.
Some say that bananas can lead to obesity, while others consider them a beneficial food. Some recommend replacing regular salt with pink Himalayan salt, while others are keen to reduce gluten entirely.
To clear up some confusion and put things in perspective, Clinical Dietitian Dr. Srimathi Venkatraman advises: You should not follow a drastic diet or any fad diet because what works for others may not work for you, all you have to do is listen to your body’s needs and decide what works for others. It suits him.
Remember, Dr. Venkatraman said, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ and all sizes are beautiful. You should not strive to lose weight for no other reason than to be in better health, and you should always consult a dietitian before starting any diet.” Here is a correction of some common and wrong information in same time:
1. Drink warm water with lemon and/or honey in the morning
Dr. Venkatraman says that drinking warm water with lemon or honey in the morning does not reduce fats but negatively affects the digestive system in the long run. At the same time, she explains that to reduce some calories by replacing tea or coffee in the morning, you can take lukewarm water, not warm or hot.
2. Banana Milk
Dr. Venkatraman explains that bananas do not cause obesity and are a healthy, energy-dense food rich in potassium and beneficial bacteria, so they are beneficial for digestive health. Bananas with milk are common and “berries, apples and nuts, along with whole grains in the morning” can be added to them.
3. White rice
Rice is rich in starch, but it is a staple in many people’s diets. Dr. Venkatraman recommends eating unpolished rice, or if white rice is available, it should be balanced with vegetables, specifically rice should be eaten in a ratio of 1: 3, that is, for every cup of rice, 3 cups of non-starchy vegetables are eaten.
4. Himalayan Pink Salt
Dr. Venkatraman considers regular salt to be fine as long as the daily intake of 5g/day or 1 teaspoon is not exceeded, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Pink Himalayan salt is also rich in minerals like potassium which may not be suitable for some medical conditions. In any case, eating more than 5 grams of any type of salt per day is harmful to health.
Dr. Venkatraman says that gluten is only harmful if a person has a gluten sensitivity or has been diagnosed with celiac disease, a disease caused by gluten that can damage the small intestine. If a person does not suffer from these health conditions, it is okay to eat gluten.
6. Reduce fats and carbohydrates
Dr. Venkatraman believes that reducing the intake of saturated fats and trans fats, which are found in fried foods, is the most accurate formulation, because they are full of calories. The same goes for carbohydrates, as it is correct to cut back on refined flour, white bread and polished rice.
Dr. Venkatraman stresses that the correct way to lose weight is to eat a balanced diet and burn more calories than you consume.
7. Avoid egg yolks
Dr. Venkatraman recommends eating whole eggs, i.e. the whites and yolks, as they are a very healthy food. Eggs are a rich source of protein and also contain vitamins and minerals.
8. Palm sugar
“Everyone knows that there is a negative effect of refined sugar on the human body, but it has also been shown that an artificial sweetener like aspartame has a detrimental effect on beneficial gut bacteria, which can affect the health of the digestive system in the long term, so it’s best to take it easy,” says Dr. Venkatraman. Eat palm sugar in moderation.
9. Small meals throughout the day
In a healthy eating plan, Dr. Venkatraman says, there is no one-size-fits-all. She reiterates that a person cannot be overweight and healthy and at the same time it does not mean that a person is always healthy just because they are thin.
She explains that it is not recommended to gain weight because it may increase the risk of diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. At the same time, there is no ideal weight because it depends on the composition and nature of the body.