Lose Weight While You Eat Potatoes And Bananas

By Hajra Khatoon in Health Tags: Healthy living, Dieting, Obesity, Myths and facts of Obesity, Weight loss, Eating Habits

While you try hard to lose that flab around your tummy, aren't you often told the DOs and Don'ts of eating?

We bring to you the most common Myths and Facts about Weight loss. Read on...

  • Myth: Banana should not be consumed if you’re trying to lose weight.
    Fact: Ripe banana is one of the best fruits to eat when attempting to lose weight. It is packet with nutrients providing sustained, substantial energy and checks on food cravings. Its mix of high potassium levels and low sodium content makes it the perfect food to help relieve water retention to laxatives.

  • Myth: All Fats and oil are same.
    Fact: Fats and oils that occur naturally in food provide a concentrated source of energy and aid in the absorption off at-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. While unsaturated fats are beneficial when consumed in moderation, saturated and Trans fats are not. Consuming monounsaturated oils like Olive oil, Canola oil,Peanut oil seems to reduce total blood cholesterol and the ‘bad’ (low density lipo proteins [LDL]) cholesterol level without affecting the’ good’ (high density lipo protein [HDL]) cholesterol levels. Polyunsaturated oils, such as safflower and Sunflower, Walnut, Corn and Soybean oils, reduce total cholesterol and LDL,and also decrease HDL. Still, some polyunsaturated oil is necessary to obtain essential fatty acids.Saturated fat and Tran’s fat raise blood cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart related disease.

  • Myth: Any one type of oil is best for cooking.
    No oil can be called ideal. All vegetable oil used cooking contain a combination saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in varying proportion. It is beneficial to consume a mix of oils in order to maintain a balance between the three fatty acids.
    Ensure oil rotation by changing the oil you use every 15 days to get blend of all fatty acids or you could have a blend of oils. For example, you could use olive oil for salads and soybean oil for other cooking purpose.

  • Myth: Potatoes are fattening.
    Potatoes are an excellent food for people on weight loss. High in complex carbohydrates, potatoes fill you up long before they make you fat. It is only when you add fat to them- butter, cheese or cream that you turn them into a fattening food. Potatoes contain a cocktail of nutrients including B vitamins, potassium and fiber most of which is in the skin. Baking potatoes with the skin is the best way to get the most nutrients.

  • Myth: Low-fat or no-fat means no calories.
    A low-fat or nonfat food is often lower in calories than the same size portion of the full-fat product. But many processed low-fat or nonfat foods have just as many calories. They may contain added sugar, flour or starch thickeners to improve flavor and texture after fat is removed.

  • Myth: Nuts are fattening
    Fact: In small amounts, nuts can be a part of a healthy weight-loss program. They contain substantial amounts of Omega3 fatty acids which help in lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol. Nuts are also good source of Protein, Dietary fiber and minerals. Nuts are good when consumed in small amounts.

  • Myth: One can lose weight while eating whatever one wants.
    Fact: To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. You have to limit the number of calories you eat everyday and/or increase your daily physical activity to effectively lose weight.

  • Myth: Exercise makes one hungrier.
    Exercise is actually an effective appetite suppressant. It will, however, make you thirsty because you will perspire. That is why you need to drink water before, during and after exercise. If you eat instead of drinking in order to rehydrate, or if you consume energy and sports drinks, then you might end up negating the effect of exercise.

So, before you take drastic steps in order to target weight loss; learn to differentiate myths from facts otherwise you might end up doing more bad than good to your health.

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