Want to lose weight? Then you should opt for clean eating instead of pointless health guides stating to shun anything that contains sugar, carbs, fat etc.

As per the Harvard research, aside from risking eating disorders, restrictive eating is not for our health. Being anxious about food promotes the release of the stress hormone cortisol, increasing both cravings and consumption.

Also, food hang-ups have also been found to increase the risk of depression, anxiety, ADHD and other psychiatric illness.

The research says that it is a myth that all sugar is poison and must be avoided. Adults should consume no more than 30g of sugar – that’s seven teaspoons a day. Sugar naturally found in whole fruits, vegetables and dairy is not included in this 30g limit because the sugar in them is attached to fibre and other compounds.

Also, it is a myth that one can get by without carbs. There is some scientific evidence that low-carb, low-calorie diets can help obese diabetics reverse their condition, reducing the need for medication. But there’s no good evidence that avoiding carbohydrates helps maintain weight loss in the long term. Note that the brain alone needs 130g of carbohydrates a day to function.

Another myth is that dairy is fattening because it contains health-boosting properties such as amino acids (in protein), Vitamin K, calcium and magnesium.

A recent study published in The Lancet, showed that eating three portions of dairy daily reduced the risk of premature death, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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