Four food myths decoded
Nutritionist and wellness specialist Sneha Tyrewala
Fact or Fiction? Let ‘Common Sense’ be your guide.
The pretty celebrity Los Angeles returned nutritionist Sneha Tyrewala throws up her hands in disbelief as she talks about some ludicrous claims she’s just read on the internet. “I’m not sure where they come up with these ideas,” she exclaims. And she should know. The one time personal counselor for Jessica Alba, Hillary and Haliey Duff has now made India her base. Her list of clients includes Daisy Shah, Shahid Kapoor, Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Salma Salim Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. Tyrewala has set up Fit Food India™, an organization dedicated to showing the world that healthy, natural, clean food can not only change one’s life, but be absolutely delicious and doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
So which are the worst offenders?
- It’s all about the amount of calories you consume, not the type
- It does not matter if you eat before going to bed
- Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day
- Eating small meals more often will make you fat
“I would like to say that such absolutes make no sense at all,” she says. “What I am going to do is use this thing that is so uncommon now called ‘Common Sense’. So let’s start from the bottom and work our way back up.” Her counterclaims—backed by international studies are:
- It’s about the type of calories you consume, not just how many
- It does matter what you eat before going to bed
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
- Eat more (often), weigh less
MYTH: It’s all about the amount of calories you consume, not the type
FACT: Proponents of this type of thinking believe that you can eat 1500 calories of whatever you want and still lose weight. I’m going to call 100 percent b……t on this! If you ate 1,500 calories of donuts per day, or a humungous burger, do you think you’ll look and feel just as good as if you ate a balanced Fit Food India meal plan all day? When you eat foods high in sugars, unhealthy fats and sodium, your body gets stressed and you produce more unhealthy hormones. Cortisol is one of those hormones. The result: jelly belly and cottage cheese thighs faster than you can say Ding-Dong! I challenge that writer to eat whatever for 30 days, and I’ll eat a wholesome diet. Then we’ll see who looks better. Make no mistake, food was not created equal, and even the great Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be they food.” He was a pretty smart guy and also believed in that this thing called Common Sense!
Common Sense Wins!
MYTH: It does not matter if you eat before going to bed
FACT: Hmmm, so we can eat whatever we want as long as we are within our caloric range for the day, and we can eat whenever we want, even just before going to bed. That makes soooooo much sense……if we were cars…… When you shut off your car, the engine stops burning fuel. We, on the other hand, are living breathing human beings, and we don’t have an off switch. When you want to go to bed, how will you get the best sleep? By eating just before bed so we can be all fueled up and energetic? That doesn’t sound like very sound sleep to me! The purpose of sleeping is to get deep sleep, to rest and recover properly, so when we wake in the mornings, we are bright eyed and bushy tailed! Making sure we don’t eat high glycemic foods at least four hours before bedtime helps get our bodies ready so we can get that deep sleep.
Common Sense Wins!
MYTH: Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day
FACT: What was this person thinking, and what do they look like? Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the name even stands for Break-the-Fast! We’ve been fasting anywhere from eight to twelve hours, so we’re just supposed to wake up, feel energetic, and have a great day? Are they kidding me? If your car has no gas, it doesn’t go. If your body is not properly fueled, you’re not going to feel your best. I’m all for making sure the first part of your day is a food and water sprint. When you eat small meals more often and hydrate, this funny thing happens…. you get mad, crazy, unbridled energy, and your days end up productive, and you feel accomplished. OMG. News Flash!
Common Sense Wins!
MYTH: Eating small meals more often will make you fat
FACT: I fell out of my chair when I read this one! They did not just say that! I read an article where the author said small meals more often don’t speed up your metabolism. Oh really? Well let me think on this one. The last time I ate a really big meal, I fell asleep. It definitely didn’t increase my energy levels, and I definitely didn’t want to go for a swim, biking or kickboxing. Nope. I just wanted to sleep, and on top of that, the sleep was not deep sleep, it was fat-storing sleep, and I woke up with a sug-over!
When we eat small, properly portioned healthy meals more often, we feel great, have amazing energy, get in better activity and workouts, look better in our jeans, and change the shape of our bodies. You think all those fitness models got that lean by eating once or twice a day? No. That is what Sumo wrestlers do, and they are fat! When you feed your body small meals more often, you have more energy and that to me quite simply says it all. You end up burning more calories, friends.
Common Sense is not so common anymore, but we’ve got it!