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Weight Loss: 5 Myths You Must Stop Believing Right Away

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Not just one, but there are many myths about weight loss doing rounds on the internet these days. While it is nothing short of inspiring to see so many people determined to lose weight and become fitter, it is also important that people receive the right kind of information and not lose health along with losing weight. In this article, we are going to bust some of the most popular weight loss myths which you have been believing. Some of these will leave you surprised !

Weight loss myths you must stop believing right away

  1. All calories are similar

Different calories will have different effects on your body. Protein calorie will not have the same effect as fat calorie or carb calorie. Calories from whole foods like fruits and vegetables are going to be more filling and satisfying than calories from refined foods like deep fried, processed, packaged, junk food and desserts.


It has to be understood that different foods go through different metabolic pathways and can have different effects on hunger and hormones that regulate your body weight.

  1. Supplements can aid weight loss

Supplements can never be as effective as natural, organic and home-cooked food can be, when it comes to weight loss. Supplements can be effective only to a limited extent for weight loss.

  1. Carbs make you fat

For the longest time, carbs have been famous for all the wrong reasons. Thanks to fad diets, there are some who actually believe that carbs, and carbs alone are responsible for weight gain. Your parents and grandparents have lived eating carbs all their lives. The only difference is that their lifestyle included fewer sedentary habits and definitely more physical activity. Also, it is true that reducing your carb intake will aid quicker weight loss. But this does not mean that carbs cause weight gain. Yes, refined carbs like pasta and sugar are definitely the culprits. But other whole foods that are high in carbs like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and pulses are all very healthy and in fact, crucial for overall well-being.

  1. Fats make you fat

Fats are right next in line after carbs, that are famous for all the wrong reasons. Healthy fats like the ones in ghee, avocado, nuts and seeds are all very important for health. In fact, fat soluble vitamins: Vitamins A, D, E and K only get assimilated in the body in the presence of healthy fats. Studies have shown that diets that are high in fat but low in carbs can aid weight loss. Keto diet is one such diet which follows the principle of low carbs, high fat and moderate protein consumption. High calorie junk foods that are deep fried will definitely make you fat. The healthy ones like olive oil, coconut oil, ghee, whole eggs, etc will not make you fat and will provide your body with essential nutrients.

  1. Weight loss diets are always effective

Weight loss diets can surely help you achieve short-term weight loss goals. But to think that they are always effective and will help you sustain the lost weight after you get back to regular eating habits, is completely untrue. The truth about these weight loss diets is that they should not be followed for too long and their effects are temporary. The healthier alternative to weight loss is to change your lifestyle, give up on poor eating habits, quit smoking and alcohol, get better sleep, be physically active, exercise regularly and take less stress. All of these together can help you lose weight and also maintain that weight in the long run.

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Beware! These Daily Habits Can Ruin Your Hair

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Flawless hair is a dream of every girl. Perfect hair can complement your look and make you look perfect in no time. You might have tried multiple shampoos and hair care products to maintain your hair health. But there are certain habits which can unknowingly ruin your hair quality as well as quantity. Hair fall is the most common and noticeable consequence of these bad habits. So, from today do not spend a huge amount of money at the salon to take care of your hair. All you need to do is give up these bad habits to keep your hair healthy. You can also prevent hair fall by avoiding these habits.

Worst habits for hair

  1. Over styling

Styling might be a compulsory part of your daily routine to look perfect all the time. But it is one of the worst habits which can ruin your hair. Use of flat irons, curlers or blow dryers can promote hair fall and also make your hair dry and lifeless. It can also promote hair fall.

  1. Poor diet

Not just your overall health but your hair also requires the optimum amount of nutrients as well. You must ensure that you consume essential vitamins and minerals to keep your hair strong. Intake of proper diet will make your hair strong, lustrous and thick. Vitamin E is extremely beneficial for your hair. Add foods like almonds, amla, fresh fruits and vegetables.

  1. Frequent shampooing

Overuse of shampoo can also destroy your hair quality. Frequent shampooing can make your hair dry and brittle. Try not to wash your hair more than thrice a week. You should also choose the appropriate shampoo for your hair type.

  1. Brushing your hair the wrong way

Along with the right brush, you need to make sure that you brush your hair the right way. You should start with dividing your hair into two-four sections. Later brush your hair from bottom to top gently. Another tip which will help you promote hair health is- never comb wet hair. The moisture makes the hair follicles weak. So if you comb your hair wet, the stress of the cob breaks the hair easily.

  1. Poor iron intake

Iron is an essential nutrient required for healthy hair. Iron deficiency is one of the most common causes of hair fall which people usually ignore. Iron promotes hemoglobin productions in the blood. Hemoglobin promotes hair growth and repairs the cells of the scalp. You can add food sources like leafy vegetables, tofu, beans, lentil, cashew or whole grains to your diet.

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Alcohol causes significant harm to those other than the drinker: Study

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People who are in close proximity or connection with alcoholics can experience harm because of their drinking, according to a study led by an Indian-origin scientist.

According to the research, published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, an estimated 53 million adults in the US experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking in the last 12 months.

Researchers led by Madhabika B Nayak of the Alcohol Research Group in the US analysed data of 8,750 adults who answered questions from two databases in 2015 — the National Alcohol’s Harm to Others Survey and the National Alcohol Survey.


They found that some 21 per cent of women and 23 per cent of men experienced harm because of someone else’s drinking.

These harms included threats or harassment, vandalism, physical aggression, harms related to driving, or financial or family problems, according to the study.

The specific types of harm experienced differed by gender. Women were more likely to report financial and family problems, whereas ruined property, vandalism, and physical aggression were more likely to be reported by men.

There is “considerable risk for women from heavy, often male, drinkers in the household and, for men, from drinkers outside their family,” the researchers said.

Additional factors, including age and the person’s own drinking, were also important.

People below 25 had a higher risk of experiencing harm from someone else’s drinking. Further, almost half of men and women who themselves were heavy drinkers said they had been harmed by someone else’s drinking, the study stated.

Even people who drank but not heavily were at two to three times the risk of harassment, threats, and driving-related harm compared with abstainers.

Heavy drinking was defined as drinking five or more drinks at a time for men or four or more drinks for women at least monthly.

“Control policies, such as alcohol pricing, taxation, reduced availability, and restricting advertising, may be the most effective ways to reduce not only alcohol consumption but also alcohol’s harm to persons other than the drinker,” Nayak said.

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Ditch the difficult diet for healthy living

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Fitness is very important. But any drastic change you make in your lifestyle will not be sustainable.

According to celebrity nutritionist Pooja Makhija, it is important to give up a difficult eating pattern as a difficult diet will not help.

“If you need to make permanent change, small tweaks will help you attain the goal. Only small tweaks and lifestyle hack will actually show the change. Keeping in mind the basic diet and healthy eating habits will help. Eating less doesn’t help but eating right does,” added Makhija, who came in support of the anthology “Healthy Binge” which will air in June on Sony BBC Earth.


She has shared some basic fitness tips:

  • Never eat large meals in large gaps. Eat every 2 hours and in small quantities.
  • Don’t do extreme physical activity. Do timely exercise and periodically.
  • Never compromise on eating as it differs from person to person. The quality of the food is extremely important but the quantity is not.
  • Consume water. Eating food is important but ignoring water will ruin all the efforts. Having water time to time is very important for the proper working of your body.
  • Having a balanced diet is extremely important. Don’t go with trends but learn to eat balanced food that will help in the long run.

At the moment, she is working on her third book which “describes what to eat and what not to because a millennial should know their diet at very early stage”.

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