Most recently I wrote about the importance of nutrition and losing weight in relation to health issues in the Solomon Islands, especially in regard to avoiding illnesses classified as Non-communicable disease linked to diabetes, heart conditions and even cancer.
There’s no denying that having a calorie deficit is important when you have to lose weight, but it’s not the only factor. Just relying on calorie intake is not everything; there are many other things that must be considered. For instance, someone might suffer from hormonal imbalances or hypothyroidism, or there could be another person whose weight might be fluctuating due to certain medications. So, there’s a lot more that goes into weight loss.
High fat foods are unhealthy
Although this myth is slowly and steadily being busted, there are still many people who still think that being on a low-fat diet is important to achieve weight loss. Dietary fat is essential for optimal health, and if you deprive your body of healthy fat, then you might end up with several health issues. The key is to maintain a diet that has a balance of fats — it shouldn’t be too high or low.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
We’ve heard of this since forever. A lot of people say that eating a large breakfast is a must every morning, but that’s not the case with everyone. A lot of studies show that people who engage in intermittent fasting often skip breakfast, and it isn’t bad for health. In fact, intermittent fasting helps with improved blood sugar levels, as well as lowered inflammation levels in the body.
You need to eat small meals, every few hours
It is said that eating small meals regularly throughout the day helps to boost metabolism and weight loss. However, if you are healthy, the frequency of your meals hardly matters. It’s all about fulfilling your energy needs! That being said, there are some people, especially those who have certain medical conditions like diabetes, coronary artery disease, and similar diseases, who must eat frequent meals.
Non-nutritive sweeteners are healthy
Over the last few years, the reliance on low-calorie, sugar-free foods have only increased. Having a diet that’s high in sugar is a bad idea, but depending on non-nutritive sweeteners is worse. It also increases the risk of disease. You may be surprised to know but these sweeteners make you more prone to lifestyle diseases like diabetes.
Source: With help from Health Shots.