There are several misconceptions about food, including what to eat, when to eat, and the daily portion size that should be consumed. A typical error that most individuals make is focusing on the number on the scale rather than the inches lost. Experts believe that water retention, portion control, reading food labels, physical activity, stress management, food selection, hydration, eating in moderation, controlling overeating, kicking the junk food habit, and reducing sugar intake all have an impact on weight.
“The one thing we should keep in mind while trying to lose weight is that eating too many calories in one go is not a smart choice. Rather, one should go in for a balanced calorie intake and have more of healthier options as food is not about calories, it is all about having a well-balanced diet,” advices Dr. Anjali Hooda, MBBS, MD, and CMD – LiveNutriFit who says calorie counting is another common mistake that people usually make while losing weight. “As every food item has different calories and we cannot calculate the calories of each food item. In their weight loss journey, people focus more on calorie-specific diet which ultimately lands them on a nutrient-deficient diet,” she adds.
To keep track of calories, read the nutritional label and here are some better ways to understand it.
• Serving size
• Daily Value
• Sugar - Total and added
• Total consumption of carbs vs fibre
• Sugar and other ingredients
According to studies, ingesting the first meal high in carbs and hidden sugars spikes the insulin level, causing us to seek more food and eat more than usual. Whatever we eat has an impact on our entire health. “One should prioritise general health and weight loss while adhering to the credo of smart eating and healthy living,” says Dr. Anjali who suggests that one should remember that diet and physical activity should go hand in hand in order to accomplish their desired weight.
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