5 food habits you should definitely get rid of

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Nowadays, the culinary industry is all about eating healthy, staying healthy and following healthy. People have become more conscious than ever and have adapted to a much holistic lifestyle consisting of strict diets and daily workout sessions as a result of a healthy daily routine. To live such a life, the most important thing is to bring a change in your mindset as well as habits too. While there are a number of ways all this can be followed in our daily routine, there are also those which we are better off without.

Reading about health and lifestyle has also become a crucial part of our regular schedules, but not everything you read on the internet is 100% true. Save yourself from falling for these rumours by double-checking with the facts. Today, we have done that bit for you and come up with 5 such habits which are not good for you and why you should definitely get rid of them.

 

Going gluten free should not be a choice

A lot of people are under an impression that avoiding gluten is good for their health. Well, there are no scientific facts that prove this. Infact, it is said that following gluten free diets are only necessary for people who suffer from serious medical disorders like Celiac, Crohn’s or are allergic to this type of proteins found in grains. Avoiding gluten food does not promote any weight loss or signifies any health-related factors, hence we say you should definitely lay off this pointless trend. Include the gluten foods freely which you’ve been ignoring all this while.

 

Are fruit juices better than fruits?

It is said ‘too much of anything is bad.’ It most certainly applies on fruit juices too! A lot of you might not know this, but fruits are always a better and nutritious option as compared to fruit juices. And more, when consumed with the skin on (the ones that can be consumed!). You might think you can gulp down a big glass of orange juice daily and not gain any extra calories at all. Well, we hate to say it out loud, but it’s not true! Fruit juices consist of additional sugar, making them high in calories. Also, fruits tend lose their fibre content when processed. Hands down, fruits in their natural form are always a better option than their juiced version. If you can’t do away with juices, make a freshly squeezed batch at home, it’s as simple as that!

 

Let go of those 3 AM cravings!

‘A moment on the lips, lifetime on the hips,’ you might have heard this one! It’s true, if you want to shed those extra kilos, you might as well avoid certain foods which belong to the junk and unhealthy category. But, let us give you some more information on this topic. Some recent studies have found out that it’s not just ‘what you eat’, the more important bit is ‘when you eat.’ We are more prone to bingeing on junkies late night, but experts say you might gain more weight at night than what you might have gained in the daytime, even though you might have eaten that same pack of chips. Well, if it’s true, we say, instead of hitting the gym, first you start hitting the bed early.

 

Don’t ditch egg yolks

Egg yolks need to be left out as they are fattening – a myth that has been followed by most health-conscious people since ages. Egg yolk accounts for most protein in an egg, infact more than egg whites. It is a house of fats, but those are unsaturated fats which are good for the body. Once you eat an egg, you tend to feel full which in turn makes you eat lesser. Most of the nutrient lies in the egg yolks, and you should never ditch the ‘eggstra’ special yolks!

 

Not all rules apply to everyone

There’s no one rule for all when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. Eating healthy sounds great but everybody has different body types, thus, varied requirements. One should try and do everything in moderation. Sit down and take an honest self-assessment of your daily eating routine, weight changes and other habits. Make sure to include some sort of physical activity in your day-to-day life. Avoid junks, packaged and canned goods as much as you can. Include more fresh vegetables and fruits alongwith a regulated water intake in your daily diets. These are some things which are going to help you and your body in the long run.

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.