Eating well-Frequently asked questions part 1

eatingwellThere are several misconceptions about nutrition, so much so that it is hard to tell the fact from the fiction. A few questions about nutrition have been answered here.

1. What is the best time to take my multivitamins?

The best time to take them is with your meals. Do not take them on an empty stomach. This is because they will be best absorbed when taken with meals.

2. Can I take carbs and protein in a single meal?

Some diets say that keeping the carbohydrates and proteins separate will help burn more calories. However, there is no scientific evidence supporting this. Therefore, it is best to stick to the simple guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Of your total daily caloric intake, 50-60% should come from carbohydrates, 20-30% from fat and 10-20% from protein.

Simply keep a balanced diet and do not be lured by fad diets.

3. Are spicy foods good to boost your metabolism?

It is true that spicy foods do boost your metabolism. However, not so much, that it will make a difference if you are trying to lose some weight. Diets claiming grapefruit and bee pollen raise metabolism and hence are effective for weight loss, have no scientific evidence to support their theories.

The best and most effective way to increase your metabolism so that it burns up some calories is to exercise. It may seem to be out of date. However, this is the way to go.

However, besides doing cardiovascular exercises like jogging, swimming, you should also go for weight training. Weight training will help you build muscle, and for every pound of muscle you gain, you burn up to 60 calories or more.

So forget the miracle diets, get to your feet, and start exercising.

4. Does sugar cause you to gain fat?

Sugar is a carbohydrate. The body converts all carbohydrates into glucose. When they enter the blood stream, some glucose is used by the body in the form of energy whereas some of it gets converted in to glycogen.

Here is the tricky part. Not all glucose can be converted to glycogen, so the rest gets stored as fat. Therefore, if you put in more sugar than you need then it will result in fat deposits. Most of our sugary favourites like doughnuts and chocolate contain a lot of fat also, which makes a terrible combination.

Therefore, limiting your sugar intake is the only way to go about it.