By Sunaina Sindhwani
Confusion and conflict are something everyone is dealing with nowadays and most common trend is #Nutrition confusion. People are overwhelmed with diet advice along which promises weight loss. Many are just following the advice blindly without considering their age and lifestyle, which actually is the first and foremost factor in deciding what should one do to have healthy body. At times, nutrition science can seem like a mess. Lots of competing theories. One study seems to suggest one thing, the very next seems to say the opposite.
People interested in health fitness and wellness are stuck in the middle. Confused. Directionless. One major confusion is the calorie counts for various foods. Calorie counts on food labels and databases can be off by up to 50%. We don’t absorb all the energy we consume, and there’s no standard for how much energy we absorb because individuals are unique.
Calorie burn estimates can be off by 3-5%. Your history of dieting and body composition influences how much energy you’ll use. Then comes in, what you eat doesn’t affect your health right away. For example, if you eat multivitamins daily it wouldn’t reflect in your health immediately. It takes at least 3-6 months to show its advantages to your health. If you go to the gym, you can see your metabolism efficiency approximately after a month to 3 months.
As a science magazine stated in its recent issue: Advice on what constituents a healthy diet is more prevalent and more inconsistent than ever. Addiction to macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins), and hundreds of micronutrients. Micronutrients are compounds such as vitamins and minerals that are present in the diets in minute amounts. Many of dietary components interact with each other, this adds more to complexity. We are not feeding just to ourselves but to many bacteria also in our gut.
It’s not only what but when you eat also matters. So, instead of getting lost in the complexity of food fats, we should carefully choose our diets, keeping in mind our age, present condition of health and most important our lifestyle. Rome was not built in a day, so in case of diet and health, it requires lot of hard work, patience, awareness, and mindfulness to achieve a healthy body and mind using the combination of healthy food and exercise.
About the author: Sunaina Sindhwani is a clinical skin specialist and nutritionist and wellness expert. She is serving the society for almost two decades. She is an author of a very well-known book, “I Breathe Last for You.”