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21.8.16

Health 'Tips' Debunked

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I'm pretty sure it is hard to commit to your health resolutions especially when there's always something worth celebrating for - year-end festivities, birthdays, anniversaries, parties etc We all have a mood-board of fitspos, the ideal body we hope to achieve. We read and hear all about the different health tips. Well, not all that you've read or heard about keeping fit and healthy are true though. Here are some common myths that nutritional experts have now set right.

CARBS ARE BAD

For most of us, gaining pounds and putting on those unsightly buildges is a nightmare come true and often, carbohydrates bear the brunt of the blame. However, not all carbs are bad for you - natural carbohydrates (the sort found in whole grains and vegetables) are actually essential to physical wellbeing as they provide the energy your body needs to function properly. It's binging on sweetened, processed carb-rich food that is a big NO-NO. So, don't dodge carbohydrates completely; just remember that the trick is in keeping the quality and quantity of your carb intake in check. Don't ever think of skipping your meals either because it slows down your metabolism and leads to overeating at other times of the day wehre both effects will result in weight gain instead!

DAIRY EQUALS CALCIUM

Think calcium, think dairy? THINK AGAIN! When on the topic of calcium, dairy products do tend to be the first to come to mind, but did you know that leafy vegetables are just as loaded with this nutrient? In fact, when it comes to bone health, experts say you need more than just calcium and Vitamin D, as previously believed. Recent studies show that Vitamin K and magnesium are just as important for bone health. Look for dark-green leafy vegetables to up your intake of Vitamin K, and add beans and nuts, potatoes, brown rice and whole wheat bread to your diet for a good dose of magnesium.

EATING LATE MAKES YOU FAT

It is commonly believed that if you stuff yourself silly before hitting the sack, your body will turn all that food into fat. The truth is, metabolism does not come to a complete halt when you sleep; come bedtime, your body still continues processing food. The metabolism rate, however, does slow down during sleep. So for the most part, it helps to practise a healthy lifestyle - eat balanced and nutritious meals at regular times and get a good workout by hitting the gym or just break a sweat exercising at home. As for the late night snack, go ahead and indulge from time to time, but remember that moderation is key!

WINE IS HEALTHIER THAN BEER.

NOT TRUE. ALL alcoholic drinks raise the high-density lipoprotein (HDL) - the good cholesterol - in your body and HDL can be a good thing, as it roams the bloodstream and protects the heart by removing a plaque build up that may lead to heart attack or stroke. However, this is not a green light to splurge on drinks. The body reaps the positive effects of HDL only when alcohol is consumed in moderation. So once again, moderation and balance prove to be the building blocks of good health.

Do bear in mind that apart from working hard at the gym, your diet is also very important in reaching your fitness goal!

Fierce and Love,
J

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