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Busting Women’s Health Myths

Kavita Devgan

Kavita Devgan
27 March 2020

This article is authored by Kavita Devgan. Kavita is an acclaimed nutritionist with 20 plus years of experience as a weight loss and holistic health consultant.

In this hyper-connected world, misinformation is all around us. While knowledge is right at our fingertips, distinguishing between right and wrong can often become difficult. Information overload also means that we receive different types of- and even contradictory, at times - health advice from multiple sources including our friends and family.



Here’s busting four common myths regarding women’s health which are widespread:

Myth #1: Women are less prone to lifestyle related diseases like diabetes, hypertension etc. than men.

Fact:

Women have protection to such diseases only till they are menstruating. After reaching menopause, females become more susceptible to these diseases than their male counterparts. So, all women approaching menopause must start taking care of their food and exercise.

Myth #2: Zero carb diet is THE way to lose weight.

Busting Womens' Health Myths

Fact:

Removing carbs completely never works. Our body needs carbs for nourishment, but make sure you choose the right ones (opt for whole over refined) and keep portions in control. Banishing them will only make you crave more for them.

Myth #3: Missing a meal will help you lose weight.

Fact:

The only thing that will happen if you miss a meal is stronger cravings leading to overeating later, to make up for the energy of the lost meal. You will end up consuming more calories than the calories in missed meal. Missing a meal also slows down metabolism which in turn goes in a panic mode to conserve the available energy. The result is a sluggish, exhausted body.

Myth #4: If you take a vitamin supplement in the morning, you don’t need to worry about what you eat the rest of the day.

Fact:

Although vitamin supplements may provide all the vitamins you need each day, there are lots of other important nutrients they don’t provide. So, it’s still important to choose a healthy balanced diet. Remember, vitamin supplements are no substitute for a healthy diet.

Taking care of your health is a continuous process. Weed out the misinformation to find facts that can help you take care of your body.



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