If you think you know it all about how the food and nutritional pyramid works and just how much your body needs from each nutrient-house, you should rather keep on reading.
Myth #1: All carbs are bad carbs
It is true that for fitness fanatics, carbs are most of the times a big no-no. For them usually, the key to losing weight and keeping a fit and slim body is eliminating the entire carbohydrate intake, whereas what needs to be done really is limit the carb intake since if not all carbs are good, there are ones that are essential for you too and not all are bad. Refined and sugar-laden carbs found in cookies and bread are unhealthy whereas unrefined carbs are the healthy ones found in fruits and veggies, containing the nutrients your body requires.
Myth #2: Carbs make you gain fat
One of the very popular myths about carbs is that they are highly fattening. While a lot of people would tell you to not consume carbs, they would at the same time tell you to stick to fruits, veggies, and cereal. Hence proven, many of us are unclear about what foods actually contain carbs in the first place. Yes, you can reduce your unhealthy carb intake and focus more on your proteins and that can lead to efficient weight loss, but carbs do not necessarily make you gain rather they help you manage and maintain weight. Remember, carbs contain a lot fewer calories than even fatty compounds do.
Myth #3: Stay away from carbs in your post-workout meal
While many fitness junkies and trainers like to believe that after workout sessions, intake of carbs would generally increase your body’s insulin levels and lead to fat storage; the truth is, your body needs the healthy carbs just as much as it requires proteins after a strenuous exercise session. This is one of the reasons why you are told so often to have a banana milkshake, apples and/or brown rice after coming back home from the gym.
Myth #4: Cereals are super healthy
All those advertisements trick you into believing that cereal boxes are a must-have on your breakfast table if you are looking forward to a fit and healthy body. They make you believe so and you do believe them, but have you ever noticed how many kinds of cereal, especially the sweet kind, have considerate amounts of sugar in them? Not to forget the fats!
Myth #5: Sugar-free label means carb-free
So that artificial tea-sweetener that you have been using for over a decade as an integral part of your sham ki chai makes your cup of tea sugar-free, right? And then whenever you eat out you always go for the sugar-free AKA diet Coca-Cola. How healthy and completely carb free? Not really. A lot of people believe this notion that sugar-free necessarily means carb free. However, the truth is that there are carbs found in sugar-free products, carbs that are coming from sugar alcohols that our bodies are not entirely designed to take in all of, but nevertheless, some of them do get absorbed.