The cult of the body and the search for beauty are themes that do not go out of style. We want to be physically well, in good health and feel comfortable with the person in front of the mirror. And although it seems easy to say, it is not so to achieve. That is why, on many occasions, we put ourselves in the hands of the well-known miracle diets or other techniques for rapid weight loss that are not always effective.
The myths about food , what to eat or not and what time of day it is better to consume this or another food remain in the daily lives of people who require a method to lose kilos. And, not only that, but they are myths that respond to eating habits that persist, no matter how much health professionals censure them and that they are added to new ones that appear over time, becoming fads about which many people he bases his way of eating.
Surely we have all heard some of these myths of food and we may even have put them into practice. We must bear in mind that, although not all these practices pose health risks, most of them are little or no use for weight loss.
The protein myth
One of the most popular ways to diet is to drastically cut back on anything but protein. Thus, it is decided to eliminate from the daily diet products that contain carbohydrates, fats and even everything that has vegetable origin such as fruits, vegetables and all kinds of vegetables.
This type of miracle diet is not only not the most suitable for losing weight, due to the reduction of some basic foods for the proper functioning of the body, but it incurs a bad eating habit that can generate significant problems in our digestive system by putting the liver and kidneys to work more than usual with the consequent wear of these important vital organs.
Although it is true that a short-term weight loss is noticed , the body is being forced to use the muscles to obtain the energy that is not being given through the necessary carbohydrates. Also, over time, your body will stop responding so quickly and you will stop losing weight. Therefore we can say that the myth of protein-based nutrition and its benefits is nothing more than that: a myth.
The myth of detox shakes
For a long time one of the most fashionable practices in many homes around the world has been to get down to work with the creation of smoothies of different plant products. Pineapple with ginger , celery with apple, orange and carrot… The possibilities are endless and it is true that all these foods are quite healthy , rich in vitamins and even refreshing for the hottest times of the year. But are these detox shakes really as cleansing as we have come to believe? There is also some myth in all this.
Although there is nothing wrong with these mashed fruit and vegetable mixes, these juices are not miraculous. And, of course, they cannot be substitutes for other essential foods and products for healthy living, such as fats or cereals. Many people have taken them, or still take them, as a method to cleanse, purify and, in some way, tune up their body. However, our body, as long as it is in good health and everything works as it should, is already trained by itself to purify the body. And if we are not in good health, it is useless to become fond of passing green foods through the blender. In short, detox shakes are fine but they don’t work miracles.
The myth that bread makes you fat
Of all the myths related to food, this is perhaps one of the most widespread. We have been hearing all our lives that eating bread makes you fat, which is the first thing you have to get out of your diet to lose weight . However, the bread is not as bad as it is painted.
A piece of bread weighing about one hundred grams supposes about 250 calories, which is only a very small part of the between 1500 and 2000 calories that a human being should consume per day. In addition, bread provides a great variety of nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats and vegetable proteins, all of which are necessary for that machine that pulls us daily, our body, to work perfectly. We remember that, for a diet to be healthy and balanced, at least fifty percent of the calories ingested per day must come from carbohydrates. We can find part of them in bread, so you should not turn your back on this popular, cheap and affordable food.
In addition, the myth that whole wheat bread is less fattening than white bread must be banished from this very moment . It’s false; both types of bread provide equal carbohydrates. The difference is that the whole wheat has a contribution of extra fiber that helps, yes, the intestinal flora .
In short, if we are looking for health and beauty, there is nothing like following a balanced diet, listening to our body and going to a trusted nutritionist if there are still questions about what and how to eat. And, above all, in the face of a miracle diet , analyze, before following it, the possible food myths to which you may be responding with the consequent damages to the health of our body. To be healthy we must eat well, practice physical exercise and not leave out any food group.
Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.