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Five Confusing Myths About Calories

Words reported from people to other people are not always accurate, and medical advices are not always fully understood. This is why false myths about our health are spread, creating confusion and provoking wrong attitudes and mistakes in dieting. In addition to this, often such myths are spread by self-proclaimed nutrional experts.

Our society puts a lot of emphasis on having a good shape, for reasons that go from a good health (we have a better knowledge of diseases linked to being overweight or obese) to looking good.

In this environment, suggesting that we all have to be fit, it is easy to fall in the trap of myths about gaining weight.

The majority of those myths are about calories. Here are the five principal myths people should be aware of.

1. A lot of people is trained to think that highly caloric foods make you fat. The truth is, there is not an amount of calories that is absolutely wrong, or absolutely right. Calories are simply the fuel of our body. Everyone has a different metabolism, and a different lifestyle, so everyone needs different amount of calories. Large portions of mid-calories food could easily equate the calories of a mid-size portion of high-calories food. Calories, in fact, are not an science and, mostly, are calculated on the quantities of food. A nutritionist will tailor the needs of everyone both in quantities and calories intake.

2. There is another sense in which the myth about high-calories food making you fat is intended, and in which it is wrong. The weight you gain does not depend only on the calories intake, but also on the interactions between foods. Drinking a coffee after a fast-food meal raises the glucose level at the one of a diabetic person, it does not matter if you drink it without sugar: it is the caffeine and its reaction with the food.

3. A lot of people is trained to think that fats are absolutely wrong and must be avoided. Instead, the type as well matters. Highly caloric foods or beverages are not necessary wrong. Alcohol is made of calories, in the sense that they do not give you any nutritional principle. Using a fat with your salad, instead, will help it pass you the salad's principles in addition to the oil's one. Choosing the type carefully can make a difference as well as the right amount of calories.

4. Another way in which the type matters is the fact that every type of food has a different effect on gaining weight. Proteins are not equal to carbohydrates, but not even the calories of meat are equal to the calories of legumes. What changes from the calories of proteins, carbohydrates and fat is the ability to be easily digested. However, the body tends to transform everything that is not used in glucose and stores it. If you have an excess of a certain kind, over the long term it will be the same as if you have had sugar. The idea that some types are better than others and the latter should be avoided is a myth that science has already proved wrong, but it's still very common.

5. Another myths is that reducing the calories amount is better to lose weight. This is only partially true. Workout makes the metabolism faster, so your body would need more calories and your regular intake will have the same effect of a reduction of the intake, and you will surely benefit of exercising on other levels. Instead, simply reducing your calories intake, especially if you reduce it of many calories, will easily make you eat more to compensate and gain weight again. A nutritionist will surely suggest a balanced intake and fitness too.

A balanced diet with the right portions provides you the right amounts of calories you need for your body to have the energy to work properly, and correcting your previous diet mistake will surely affect your weight as well as your general health.

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Nice write up....informative and well-written. Thanks...voted

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Interesting article. Good to know all about the calorie myths. Voted!

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