Health tips can be hit and myth
WANT to lose weight or overhaul your eating habits for good?
Here are three terrible diet tips that could be messing with your slim-down strategy.
Calories in v calories out A calorie is still a calorie, right? So if you had a choice between a chocolate brownie or a handful of nuts, which one would you choose?
Both have roughly 170 calories but the problem is, not all calories are equal.
Choosing a food based on how many calories (or kilojoules) it has doesn’t take into consideration how nutritious or filling it is. FYI: brownies have 14 times more sugar, three times more saturated fat and two times less fibre than nuts. REALITY: Calories are important for understanding portion control, however taking a mathematical approach to weight loss is not the only factor in good nutrition and overall health.
Go gluten free
The problem is not the gluten – we eat too many processed foods made with refined grains and not enough whole grains.
“Often people who follow a gluten free lifestyle feel better because they end up cutting out high-fat desserts, cakes and takeaway foods and eating more fruit and vegetables,” gastroenterologist Dr Samuel Douglas said.
“They make the mistake that it was the gluten, rather than just eating sensibly that made them lose weight.”
REALITY: There’s no scientific evidence that gluten is fattening. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that people eating three to five serves of grain foods, mainly wholegrain (e.g. one slice of wholegrain bread or ½ cup brown rice) are more likely to have a smaller waistline and less likely to be overweight than people who eat less.
While coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease, self-diagnosis can be dangerous.
Some sugars are better Most “sugar free” diets advocate eliminating sucrose, however many of us are being fooled into thinking we are quitting sugar when in fact we are eating products laced with other sweet alternatives – for example rice malt syrup, which is only free of fructose yet is still a refined sugar that provides more calories, contributes to tooth decay and causes a much higher spike in blood-glucose levels. REALITY: Some sugars (eg honey, coconut sugar) may be “less bad” than regular sugar but are not something you should eat in large amounts.