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Top 3 Biggest Diet/Nutrition/Weight Loss Myths In Malaysia

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  March 29, 2021

When it comes to food, we Malaysians are proudly united as one. After all, how can we not? 

 

Let’s talk about what is presumed to be our crowned national dish- Nasi Lemak. Served with a tangy kick from the dried anchovies sambal, aromatic coconut rice paired with a wide range of side dishes like refreshing cucumber slices, perfectly crispy deep-fried anchovies, bouncy hard-boiled eggs, roasted flaky-textured peanuts and sometimes savoury ayam goreng-

 

Banana Leaf Rice, Apam Balik, Char Kuey Teow, Kuih-muih, Laksa, Roti John, Mee Goreng, Ayam Masak Merah, Murtabak, Kaya Toast and many more- are the essence of our delicacies from different cultures. We all know that our stuff is good- which is also why a lot of us struggle to maintain a healthy diet.

 

To help create awareness and promote a healthy lifestyle among our fellow Malaysians, here are some myths and misconceptions closely associated with diet, nutrition and weight loss.

 

 

It’s true that leading a low-carb diet results in potential weight loss, but this is only limited to cutting back refined carbs, otherwise known as simple carbs. Unfortunately, a wide range of our popular Malaysian dishes such as Roti Boom, Ais Kacang, breakfast cereals and Karipap Kentang- or even your beloved Subway double chocolate cookie, they all lack the vital vitamins, minerals and fibre essential to our bodies.

 

On the other hand, whole foods that contain complex carbs like whole-wheat bread, fruits and beans, though high in carbs (and seem plain when compared to our popular delicacies), have lots of beneficial nutrients.

 

Tips: Cut back on refined/simple carbs but keep complex carbs on your menu!

 

 

‘Wonder’ low-fat products you find in the supermarket dairy aisle or the breakfast crackers & cereal aisle like milk, crackers, yoghurt and cereal- they may contain added sugar, starch or salt to make up for the reduction in fat and of course, also to make them taste better.

 

These modified products may end up having just as many if not more calories than the regular versions.

 

Tips: Always check the nutrition label at the back of the products for calories per serving. And also look out for the serving size.

 

 

Compared to people who cut off fats by reducing calories intake, people who go on periodical fasting lose more muscle, not fat.

 

Just think about it. Is it healthy to starve yourself for 16 hours just to cap it off with an enormous meal at a mamak stall ordering practically everything on the menu at the end of each fasting session? The answer is no. Simply because doing this is just replacing all the calories you skipped earlier.

 

Tips: Instead of completely starving yourself, monitor closely your empty calories you can cut out in a day by avoiding refined and sugary products. 

 

The Bottom Line

 

With all kinds of delicacies being practically everywhere around us in our country, it is not exactly easy to go on a healthy diet. Completely abandoning all our favourite food, in exchange for a healthy diet is too much of a suffering for foodies out there.

 

Having cheat days once in a while is completely ok, as long as we can effectively practise self-restraint. That means we can still get to enjoy our favourite food while staying off on a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

So, eat those McNuggets, Ramly Burgers or whatever favourite food it is you love. Moderately. Stay healthy and full first, only then you will have the energy to job hunt at Zom-In right? ;) 

 

#Diets #Malaysia #Food

 

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