Dr Vinay Jadhav on myths which are widely believed but are untrue
5 Myths about Weight Loss
- 1. MYTH 1- Eating after 8 PM can make you fat
The ‘eat late gain weight’ mania is just ridiculous and has no scientific basis whatsoever, but the myth that eating after 8 PM makes you fat is widely believed. According to Dr Vinay Jadhav, this misconception can be associated with people who have a habit to eat late at night, snack even after dinner or relish a bowl of ice-cream post dinner. Dr Vinay Jadhav states that there is no truth to this myth and people who eat after 8PM have no reason to panic. But he advocates that untimely eating may not be that good for the health.
Dr Vinay Jadhav says that the body cycle goes on irrespective of time. The calories that the body burns do not have a specific time. When you are awake, be it throughout the day or during the night, the body keeps on processing energy. The heart beats, one breathes, so all the other body functions are on 24/7.
- 2. MYTH 2- Small Frequent meals throughout the day can boost your metabolism.
People believe that if they eat smaller, frequent meals throughout the day, it will encourage their metabolism to burn more calories and will be good for their metabolism altogether. Dr Vinay Jadhav states that the food intake does not have any impact on the body metabolism whatsoever. So this is a myth which people should not believe. The rate of metabolism depends on the composition and the size of the body and physical activity levels, it has nothing to do with the food intake.
- 3. MYTH 3- Eating Pasta frequently makes you fat.
Dr Vinay Jadhav says that people are under the impression that by eating high carb foods, they will gain weight. The body turns all the calories it gets into glucose. This is the form of energy that body needs. It does not matter where these energy come from, from carbohydrates or fats. Everything is turned into glucose by the body. What you eat has nothing to do with getting fat. Dr Vinay Jadhav says that we cannot pinpoint a certain food for weight gain because we consider the total amount of energy the body gets from the total food we consume and not from one particular food.
- 4. MYTH 4- more water will help you lose more weight.
Dr Vinay Jadhav says that water has nothing to do with weight loss. There are many diet plans which advise people to drink more water but this is of no use. Dr Vinay Jadhav states the body only needs 900ml-1000ml of urine production a day to exude all the toxins in the body. Then there is water loss caused by regular metabolic activities like sweating which can be amounted to over 2 litres a day. Any water consumption which is out of the proportion of this loss will do nothing miraculous for your weight. Dr Vinay Jadhav states that drinking more water will help you be hydrated but definitely has nothing to do with weight loss.
- 5. MYTH 5-Loss of calories is the stepping stone of weight loss.
Dr Vinay Jadhav stresses on the fact that calories are given undue importance in weight loss programs. Dr Vinay Jadhav argues that calories have nothing to do with weight loss and should not be taken into consideration if embarking on a weight loss program. Another myth is that eating protein and carbohydrates differently will cause weight loss since they require different enzymes for digestion. Dr Vinay Jadhav says that the body is capable of digesting numerous types of foods at a single time. Dr Vinay Jadhav tells that there is no proof that separating the intake of these foods will make any difference to the body.
Dr Vinay Jadhav says that people are so full of misguided information and misconceptions that they cannot follow better yielding weight loss programs due to them. According to him, it is essential for people to look beyond the picture painted by popular diet programs. Body needs nutrition and fasting or dieting, exercising beyond the capacity, eating certain foods because of misguided information can only harm the body.
Dr Vinay Jadhav says that before embarking on a weight loss program, people should consider finding out the reasons behind their weight gain. He explains that finding the reasons behind any disorder helps to its treatment. Since Dr Vinay Jadhav has himself tackled obesity first-hand, it is his belief that obesity and myths related to it are misguiding people to follow diets that can actually backfire. These diets will not make people lose weight but will actually encourage their body to gain weight. Most diet programs encourage people to cut on their meals, starve and exercise a lot. When the body starves, it is compelled to assume that there is a scarcity of food. This prompts it to give a starvation response. Whatever little energy it receives in this phase, it will save it in the body in the form of fat, assuming a famine like situation. Dr Vinay Jadhav says that this is what happens in most dieters’ case. They starve their bodies, lose some weight but later start putting on weight again because of this starvation response.
Dr Vinay Jadhav suggests that one must embark on a weight management program only after taking all the facts into consideration. He stresses that the health of the body is far more important that its shape. An ideal diet plans should be the one which does not harm your body, gives you optimum result, and should be a lasting solution to the weight issues. Only then can the body be benefitted from a weight loss program. Today, there is pure commercialization from the weight loss issues that people face. Companies create products and market them as magic products for weight loss. There is no gain from such products because they are not made keeping in mind the basic knowledge. Dr Vinay Jadhav insists that people should not blindly follow a diet, but instead gain some knowledge about weight loss first. Myths like above should not be believed.
*Disclaimer- This article is intended for informative purposes only. The views expressed in this article are the personal views of Dr Vinay Jadhav. Please consult a doctor before embarking on a weight loss program.
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