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5 Diet Myths You Must Never Believe If You Want To Remain Healthy!

By Chandana Rao

These days, every time you open a lifestyle magazine, a health blog, or tune into a health related TV channel, you will without a doubt, see or hear certain diet tips, right?

Well, a diet is a term used to describe a specially customised set of meals designed to help a person attain his/her health goals.

Many a times, laymen mistake the term "diet", as a habit which is just used for weight loss, where people cut down the amount of food that they consume. 

However, a diet can be followed to reach different goals, such as, losing weight, gaining weight, gaining muscles, toning the body, treating certain diseases, preventing ailments, boosting immunity and so on.

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Even if you are not trying to attain any health goals and you have a relatively normal health, you still have to follow a balanced diet on a regular basis to maintain your good health and prevent certain diseases.

As we may already know, diet plays a key role when it comes to our health and all the essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals, fats, protein, fibre, carbohydrates, must be included in your daily meals, in the right portions.

Even if one nutrient is missing in our diet for a long time, it could lead to nutritional deficiencies which in turn could cause other serious disorders.

For instance, if you do not consume any meat, milk or protein-rich foods, your may suffer from muscle-wasting.

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So, it is very important to know certain facts about dieting, if you want to maintain your health.

Many a times, even if your diet slightly goes wrong, it could prove to be fatal!

So, here are a few diet myths you must never believe if you want to prevent diseases.

1. Superfoods Are Expensive

Many of us feel that superfoods which boost our health are expensive stuff only available in certain stores; however, even vegetables and fruits are considered to be superfoods, if they come with multiple health benefits!

2. A Vegetarian Diet Lacks Protein

Many of us feel that going vegetarian or vegan could cause protein deficiency; however, many vegan foods like chickpeas, spinach, pulses, etc., contain a high amount of protein!

3. Completely Cut Off Sugar

Unless you are a diabetic, it is okay to add limited amounts of healthy, non-processed sugary foods to your diet (including fruit). This habit will not affect your weight loss regime or your health.

4. Do Not Touch Carbs If You Want To Lose Weight

This is a very common myth believed by many people trying to lose weight and they completely cut off carbohydrates. However, carbohydrates are very much necessary to keep the body healthy and functioning. So, carbs like brown bread, brown rice, etc., can be consumed.

5. Celebrity Diets Can Work For You Too

Each person's body, health history and metabolic rates are different, so a diet which works for one may be useless to the other. It is important to speak to a professional and have a diet routine customised based on your health needs.

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    Story first published: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 15:00 [IST]
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