The pool of information on the internet can be overwhelming. Nutrition and weight-loss tips and tricks are being showered to us from different sources and websites. Even our friends share links on social media, persuading others to follow some fly-by-night blogs and articles written by people who claim themselves nutrition coaches, while boasting vast knowledge in wellness. But many of the diet regimens that are being recommending are turning out to be so restrictive, unsustainable and can potentially put our health in serious jeopardy. And so, how will we discern the good information that are being paraded in front of us?
First, don’t just read the title of the link, read the whole article. Sometimes, titles can be so misleading that people tend to share these links without realizing that they have been a victim of click-bait.
Next, upon reading, check if article is promoting “MoBaVa”. MoBaVa stands for Moderation, Balance and Variety. Full-fledged nutrition coaches know the importance of these three elements for weight loss and healthy eating.
Let’s discuss the three:
Moderation- Countering the typical misconception of “dieting” that can be an excruciating array of restrictions, moderation only suggests that you have your meals in controlled portions, well distributed throughout the day. Smart eating coaches know that eating in moderation (meaning not too much, yet not too little) is the key for you to avoid unnecessary extra calories, while keeping your metabolism going.
Balance- We all know that our bodies need different kinds of nutrients that are necessary to sustain our daily activities and involuntary processes. Having enough of each necessary nutrient can make us perform optimally. However, the keyword here is “balance”. Our meals should have a good balance of macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, and of course, water. Nonetheless, some people who claim to be nutrition coaches eliminate important macronutrients totally from the menu, carbohydrates being the best example. Carbohydrates are vital in providing energy. The glucose that it produces is also the food of our brain. Some advocate using protein as a source of energy, which is not a good idea since protein’s primary purpose is to build and repair muscles and other tissues. Also, too much protein without having enough water can also put burden in our kidneys, thus, can promote some form of kidney diseases in the long run.
Variety- There is no such thing as superfood, in which all the nutrients that you need are present in one particular food item alone. We need variety for us to meet all the nutrients our bodies need. One food item has its unique edge, which may not present in another. Weight loss and healthy eating requires variety in food selections. It’s quite hard to imagine always having the same type of food everyday. But just the same, some people binge certain food items, like banana, for instance, saying that it’s much superior to weight loss compared to other fruits. While others indulge on celery because they have read somewhere that it has “negative” calories. These food items are not bad. But it’s also not good to abuse them just for the sake of an abrupt weight-loss. Having too much of a food item can make you get tired of the food eventually while not reaping the benefits of having a variety. In a nutshell, your meal should be in melody. Not monotonous.
If you have sufficiently seen that an article promotes these three, then this is the time you should feel comfortable following the article or sharing it with your friends. If you are still not confident with the content, ask your diet coach for further information and experts’ insights. They will be more than glad to help.
The HAPI Team