11 misconceptions about our diet

Dietary rules and misconceptions about weight loss are made and broken down according to certain currents. To avoid drowning in the effects of fashion and find the right path to a healthy and balanced diet, we take stock with our expert and head of the Nutrition Center of the Baths of Brides-les-Bains.

FAT, THE LESS WE CONSUME, THE BETTER FOR OUR HEALTH

False: Since lipids are more calorific than carbohydrates and proteins, they are often the ones who pay for a low-calorie diet. By removing the oil from our diet, we risk unbalancing the intake of fatty acids by promoting saturated fatty acids, provided mainly by animal fats. “So, not only are we depriving ourselves of the beneficial effects of omega-3s on cardiovascular risks, but we are increasing them by having a dominance of saturated fatty acids in our diet,” explains Nathalie Négro, dietician and head of the Nutritional Center for Thermal Spas. Brides-les-Bains .

Indeed, rapeseed oil and nuts for example, rich in omega-3, and therefore excellent for the cardiovascular system. The oils also provide vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, necessary in the prevention of atherosclerosis. Butter brings vitamin A, such as dairy products, orange-fleshed fruits and vegetables (in the form of beta-carotene) and fatty fish.

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IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO GO TO BED AFTER A MEAL

False : you can lie down after a meal if you feel tired. “On the other hand, watch out for high-fat meals, which are long and difficult to digest and can disrupt sleep. While a meal rich in carbohydrates will mean drowsiness due to the increase in serotonin production, whose action is sedative and facilitates sleep, “recalls Nathalie Negro.

WE CAN DRINK WHILE EATING

True: “Drinking while eating does not dilute the digestive juices and so does not hinder their action,” says Nathalie Negro.

Making small cuts while drinking also makes it possible to take breaks during the meal, to eat less quickly and thus to facilitate the feeling of satiety . On a daily basis we have to drink 1.5 liters of water a day. Hydration during meals helps to reach this daily amount.

“Be careful not to drink after every bite: the water is not made” to bring down the meal “; in this case, the chewing is less important, we eat faster, we do not give the body time to feel satiated and so we end up eating too much and feel bad, “says Nathalie Negro.