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6 Weight-Loss Tips That NEVER Work
Aug 26, 2015
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6 Weight-Loss Tips That NEVER Work


If you look for weight-loss tips online, Google will throw you a million results. You ask a friend or two about it and they will list at least a dozen, in one breath. And yet, even after following them, you fail to lose weight. So the question is which of these tips really work and which don't? To help you decide better, we spoke to Indrayani Pawar, Team Leader, Dietician at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Mumbai. She tells us the truth behind some of these common weight-loss tips, so that you can go ahead and ditch them for good.


Claim: Carbs are bad. Eliminate carbs from your diet to lose weight

Truth: These days many people are advocating for a low-carb or a no-carb diet. Ideally a balanced diet, which is adequate in complex carbohydrates, first-class proteins and essential fatty acids will help in weight loss and maintenance for long term. One should be definitely avoiding simple carbohydrates like refined flours, sugar, corn syrup, fruit juices etc, but can include complex carbohydrates like whole grains and cereals, whole fruits and vegetables. These are vital for your overall health.


Claim: As long as you exercise, it's okay to eat as much as you want

Truth: Calorie intake and output should go hand in hand. When calorie intake (eating) is much higher than the output (exercise), weight loss can be affected. That means there won't be much of fat loss. Hence, in order to lose weight (fat mass and not muscle mass), one has to follow a calorie-restricted diet.

Claim: Drink a lot of water and you'll lose weight too

Truth: Water is an essential part of any healthy diet as it helps to keep one hydrated and also helps flush the build-up of toxins from the body. A healthy individual with adequate physical activity needs to include at least two litres of water every day. The need may differ as per the exercise levels one follows. However, drinking water does not help in losing weight directly, it helps to eliminate toxins and hence fasten the process of weight loss. So don't go around guzzling water forcibly in the name of weight loss.


Claim: Slimming pills are great for weight loss

Truth: Many slimming pills are said to have several side effects. You may lose weight, but are you really willing to risk your health? The best way to lose weight is to have a calorie-restricted balanced diet with a good exercise regimen.

Claim: Eating only low fat foods is the best way to lose weight

Truth: On the contrary, fats in moderation are essential in weight loss. It's always advisable to include essential fatty acids like PUFA (omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), MUFA and decrease the intake of saturated and trans-fats in one's diet. It will really make the difference.


Claim: Juice cleanses are great for weight loss

Truth: Fresh fruit and vegetable juices are rich in antioxidants, vitamins minerals and phytonutrients. They help cleanse the liver and increase basal metabolic rate. Though they help aid in weight loss, one cannot rely totally on a juice cleanse diet to lose weight, as it does lack proteins and essential fatty acids. Hence, though they help you lose weight easily, they are not good for long-term weight loss and maintenance. Plus relying on juices to sustain you all day, may not be the best idea and could leave you unenergetic and dull.


Source : thetimesofindia