Health Debunking Myths Regarding Nutrition and Weight Management

Debunking Myths Regarding Nutrition and Weight Management

JAKARTA, – In general, technology has provided many benefits in an effort to live a healthier life. Technologies such as the internet and handphone It has become a common reference when we are looking for information on food consumption patterns that will be applied to support a healthy lifestyle and maintain weight.

However, looking for information online online can also be a double edged sword.

On the one hand, the internet provides information on an easy and fast way to access various nutritional information. But on the other hand, this has led to the rise of myths and misinformation related to nutrition in the community.

Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education & Training Herbalife Nutrition Susan Bowerman said, referring to Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Nutrition Myths Survey 2020, social media (68%) is the channel most frequently used by consumers in Asia Pacific to get nutrition-related information. “However, consumers in Asia Pacific are also confused about whether the information they get is fact or myth,” he said in an official statement, Thursday (13/8).

Based on the results of the quizzes conducted during the survey, continued Bowerman, many lists of myths related to nutrition and weight management were found in the community. In fact, 6 in 10 people admit that it is difficult to decide whether this is fact or a myth.

Myth that is often confused is the ketogenic diet which is believed to be a healthy way to lose weight. In fact, the ketogenic diet is not the most sustainable way to lose weight, because it will lose some important nutrients that the body needs.

According to him, someone on a keto diet, consumes very few carbohydrates, moderate amounts of protein, and very high amounts of fat, forcing the body to rely on body fat as fuel. When activities burn body fat, low levels of carbohydrate consumption will result in fewer vitamins and minerals being absorbed into the body, as well as a lack of fiber.

The next myth is cleansing diet with juice is a good strategy for weight loss. Consuming juices may seem like a convenient alternative if fruits and vegetables are lacking in weight management.

However, as a major ingredient in weight loss, vegetables are lacking in key nutrients such as protein, which helps to satisfy appetite and maintain muscle mass. The weight lost during a diet is likely to come back when you start eating normally again.

“Eating whole fruits and vegetables, and as part of a balanced diet, will be much more beneficial in the long run,” he added.

Next is the myth that says that carbohydrates make you gain weight. Carbs are not to blame for weight gain. Excess calories which can lead to significant weight gain.

To ensure a balanced diet, Herbalife’s Global Nutrition Philosophy recommends that 40% of daily calorie intake comes from healthy carbohydrate sources, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, which also provide essential nutrients such as calcium, iron, fiber. and B vitamins for the body.

Editor : Eva Fitriani ([email protected])



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