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5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Weight Loss

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5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Weight Loss

Losing weight is hard, there is no lie about that. It requires sacrifice and getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. More concerning, is the vast amount of information that is available online to help you lose weight. It’s hard enough losing weight, but it’s even harder knowing what information to rely upon.

Here are 5 Common Misconceptions People Have About Weight Loss:

1. Cheat meals can actually make you healthier.

Most people think of a cheat meal as an unhealthy indulgence while eating a healthy and balanced diet. The term “cheat meal”, can be misleading. As noted in a study by King’s College London, researchers found that the bacteria that is present in our gastrointestinal tract is more essential and important than counting calories when you’re trying to lose weight. Indulging in chocolate and red wine isn’t as bad as we once thought it was. The study found the good bacteria in our GI tract “adores” these foods. Why? These two foods contain polyphenols that encourage a healthy immune system and allow us to absorb vitamins essential for a healthy body to function. I’m not suggesting you go out and over-indulge in chocolate, portion is also key.

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2. Eat regularly to avoid overeating later on.

Life is busy, sometimes eating regular meals gets in the way of our plans so we may skip a meal or two. The downside of doing this is it often leads to overeating later on. Our bodies require nutrition every 3 to 4 hours to prevent our metabolism from slowing down and crankiness. When you’re too hungry, blood glucose level drops significantly and then you will crave for more than needed.

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3. Exercise does not burn as many calories as you have been lead to believe.

We often think that when we exercise we can eat anything and everything we want to. The truth is when you exercise your appetite increases, but the misconception lies within how many calories you actually burned while exercising. In this article, To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More, it emphasizes what you don’t eat is far more important than exercising.

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4. Invest in walking every day rather than a fad fitness class.

A walk after a meal or right when you get home from work may be more beneficial than signing up for the newest and hottest fitness class. In a recent study conducted by Cornell University it is found that walking is the most “nutritious” exercise available. By getting in the habit of walking regularly you can save money rather than spending it on the hottest and trendiest fitness class. Plus, a regular walking regiment is more sustainable in the long run.

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5. Stop cutting fat from your diet. Sugars and carbohydrates sabotage your diet.

Once upon a time it was a widely accepted to lose weight you must cut down on your fat consumption. Modern research has disproved this school of thought and has named sugar and carbohydrates as the culprits that sabotage weight loss. In this article, Pass the Butter: The Expert were all wrong, it states that carbohydrates and sugar are very recent additions to our diets and our bodies are not used to this new addition to our diets. Shift your focus from avoiding healthy fats to avoiding excessive sugars and carbohydrates.

Conclusion

Losing weight is hard and it becomes even more difficult with misleading information that is available everywhere. When push comes to shove, be mindful of these 5 misconceptions of weight loss and begin your journey of a healthier and more fit lifestyle.

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Last Updated on January 27, 2022

5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

“Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

Food is a universal necessity.

It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

Featured photo credit: Young Shih via unsplash.com

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