5 misconceptions about dieting
There is a huge amount of diet-related information out there. You may be unconsciously influenced by the latest diet information such as coupons for gyms and esthetics, and diet books on the cover of SS size models. Many of them are contradictory, and we are understandably confused.
I decided to explain 5 misconceptions about diet from the perspective of Ayurveda, hoping to be of some help to those of you . Ayurveda is an ancient science of life that seeks holistic and natural healing. If you acquire the correct knowledge about weight management and true health, you can be free from the fear of “getting fat” for the rest of your life.
Let’s clear up five misconceptions.
Misconception 1: You burn as many calories as you eat at the gym or yoga studio
Going to the gym or yoga studio might sound ideal. Can you lose weight by sweating a lot and getting your heart rate up? This is not correct!
The reason why it is not effective
“What and how you eat” This is the main factor of increase and decrease. The approach of eating and then exercising and digesting is superficial and causes excessive tension in the body (especially if you like running!) and distorts the mind. How many of us go to the gym to burn more calories than we need without wanting to change our eating habits? The attitude of exercising and facing food is not sustainable (sustainable).
Misconception 2: Eat Small, Many Times During the Day
Many people believe that if you eat less and more often, you can keep your metabolism high and stay healthy. I heard that it is effective for dieting and tried it, but I also hear that it is not effective. Why?
Why it’s not effective
Our digestion is like a car. If you keep the engine running all the time, it will wear out quickly. In other words, eating in multiple portions puts a burden on the digestive system. Give your digestive system a rest. Our digestion is closely related to the functioning of our body and mind. Ayurveda believes that proper digestion is the foundation of good health. What happens when food is not digested properly is that it remains ama (metabolic toxins). Weight increases as armor accumulates. Good fats are good for you.
Misconception 3: Green smoothies and juices
Green smoothies and juice cleansing are popular in the streets. I see smoothies and juice stands here and there.
Reasons why it is not effective
Ayurveda ‘s concept of good eating includes “Augmenting” and “Extractive”. To keep your body in balance, use augmenting foods that nourish and nourish your body and mind (e.g. sweet potatoes, zucchini, beets, whole grains, and other foods that are predominantly sweet) with cleansing properties. You need more than extractive foods (eg, dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli and kale, which are predominantly bitter and astringent). Because green smoothies and juices are concentrated and especially emphasize their extractive qualities, drinking too much of them can unbalance vata and weaken agni. Our bodies and minds seek out augmenting foods to balance themselves. If we don’t eat enough grains and sweet vegetables, we tend to eat a lot of chocolate, cakes, cookies, and sugary foods, which can lead to weight gain.
Also, liquids allow you to consume more vegetables and fruits than solid foods, so you tend to overeat. The body can only digest it as well as it does in solid form, weakening agni, causing toxin build-up and further imbalances.
Myth #4: Superfoods
Acai, grapefruit, black beans, broccoli, yoghurt, eggs, nuts, and the list goes on and on. I’m sure all of you have tried one of these, right?
Why it doesn’t work
First of all, the premise is that any food in excess will throw your body and mind out of balance. Second, the balance between augmenting and extractives is important at every meal. Excessive consumption of extractive foods (leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, etc.) slows digestion, dries out the body from the inside out, weakens agni and initiates the accumulation of ama (toxins).
Furthermore, what really satisfies us is the “balance of taste”. Having six balanced flavors on your plate will keep you free from cravings and overeating. If you focus too much on one flavor or ignore the balance of the six flavors, the harmony will be disturbed.
We need to take a holistic view of our bodies and minds and see how each ingredient affects us. Foods that are balanced when combined with other foods can weaken agni when eaten alone or in large amounts, and can accumulate as undigested food and contribute to weight gain.
If we eat fresh, balanced meals in moderation, we don’t need to manipulate our bodies. Because the body naturally knows what to do. Simple, Moderate, Balanced, and Consistent are the best! If you remember this keyword and eat, you should be able to maintain your ideal weight in the long term.
Misconception 5: Salad
Many people still assume that salads are always a healthy choice, but this is another big misconception.
Why it’s not effective
Let’s look at it from a nutritional perspective. Many salads can be said to have low nutritional value. Lettuce is full of water and unfortunately contains very little nutrition. Unable to absorb the nutrients it needs; the body craves the sweet and salty flavors of augmenting foods. If you satisfy your craving for sweets, weight gain is inevitable. In addition, raw vegetables are difficult for the body to digest and tend to weaken Agni. Ayurveda always recommends light cooking to aid digestion. Hard to believe? Try eating raw carrots.