Even though in this part of the world, when it comes to fitness and weight management, we have made carefully planned diet programs and now state of the art gymnasiums are also a thing, where you don’t just get the right kind of training from a certified professional fitness coach but also get a striking ambience with just the right kind of music tracks to keep you motivated throughout your workout hours. Nevertheless, even though advancements like such have been made in the name of fitness, certain old myths are still quite prevalent this year and they just don’t seem to go away. Myths like these at first would be shared among gym friends and now you see them spreading like a forest fire through personal bloggers and on platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Maybe, it’s about time that you reassess your poor health choices.
Myth #1: Vitamin supplements are superior to foods
This bags as one of the most common myths that are actually acted upon, especially in the Pakistani community where we have gradually become very much accepting of the notion that vitamins from food can be easily replaced by supplements that contain vitamins in both, natural as well as synthetic forms. While the truth remains, intake of these may benefit your health in many ways but dependency on them for nutritional value may cause more harm than good. It’s best to stick to natural sources, always.
Myth #2: Gluten-free diet is not for everyone
A very common notion that has been spreading around is that gluten-free diet is for those suffering from some sort of gluten intolerance or the celiac disease, which is not at all true because the benefits of following a gluten-free diet are for everyone; just make sure that you are investing in natural and organic foods and not just simply picking the ‘gluten-free’ label from the market.
Myth #3: A detox diet is capable of keeping you healthy
Detox drinks and quite recently, complete detox diets have become the much-focused shashka among the young Pakistani generation who is fitness obsessed. You’d see almost every dusra teesra admi holding a bottle of water with slices of lime and cucumber floating in it and you ask yourself, ‘What sorcery is this?’ until someone introduces you to the trending concept of detox water and you feel like you have up till then been the most unhealthy human to walk the surface of the Earth. As exaggerated as all of it may sound, detox diets cannot save you, neither are they capable of acting as a substitute for healthy eating and exercising. You can take it as an addition to your healthy routine, but cannot rely on it for weight loss etc.
Myth #4: Lower salt content to lower the risk of a heart disease
With the exception of hypertension induced by high salt intake, everything else about salt being a contributing factor in causing heart diseases and can induce a stroke has little reality to it. While yes, keeping the salt low in your foods does help to lower your blood pressure and keep it stable, even that impact is made on 1-5mm/Hg which is relatively pretty less to none.
Myth #5: Whole wheat bread from your local store is healthy
Let’s just not overlook the fact that there is little truth behind every ‘whole grain’ label you may come across food products at your nearest hypermarket; these grains have for the most part been pummeled into fine flour, so they have comparative metabolic impacts as refined grains. You can continue to keep it a part of your diet, but not with the belief that it’s 100% healthy, maybe search for alternatives for fiber.