Have you ever tried to lose weight?
Then you'll know that there is a lot of conflicting advice about what you should/should not be doing!
Fat loss is a topic that is surrounded by numerous myths and misconceptions. These myths often lead people astray and prevent them from achieving their weight loss goals, sometimes destroying their metabolism and their health in the process.
Here are 4 of the most common myths I've come across in the past 7 years of working as a Nutrition & Holistic Health Coach.
1. Eating fat will make you fat
Eating fat will NOT make you fat.
While it is true that consuming excessive amounts of UNHEALTHY fats can contribute to weight gain, eliminating all fats from the diet is not the solution.
Our bodies need healthy fats for various functions, including hormone production and nutrient absorption.
Healthy fats are also what make us feel satiated and less likely to reach for junk in between meals!
What truly matters is the type of fat you consume. Avocados, nuts, seeds and olive oil are all healthy fats. Sunflower oil, canola oil & the kind of fat you'll find in a donut is NOT healthy fat.
In summary, be smart but eat the fat!
2. Eating less is how you lose weight
In theory, yes, kind of.
But in practice, it doesn’t work this way and it's often a recipe for disaster because you'll slow down your metabolism.
Your body has the incredible ability to adapt its needs to the amount of food it is given. If you eat less food, it will simply go into "energy saving mode" and compromise on things such as your immunity and your reproductive health to make up for the loss of energy.
In other words, eating less by fighting your hunger is THE most efficient way of destroying your metabolism and making it really hard for yourself to lose weight.
Instead of focusing on quantity, focus on QUALITY.
Improving the quality of what you eat will increase your satiety, reduce your hunger and naturally reduce the amount you eat.
3. Cutting out all carbs is great for fat loss
The myth that cutting out carbs is the ultimate solution for weight loss has gained significant popularity in recent years.
While it IS true that reducing carbohydrate intake can lead to initial weight loss, it is important to understand the bigger picture.
Carbohydrates are the body's primary source of energy, and completely eliminating them can have negative consequences on overall health. Carbs are not inherently bad for weight management. Again, it's the type that matter and in this case, also the quantity.
Simple carbohydrates found in sugary snacks and processed foods should be limited or avoided completely, as they can lead to weight gain and spikes in blood sugar levels.
However, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables are essential for a balanced diet.
It's all about finding the right balance and making informed choices for long-term success.
4. Exercising more is the best way to lose weight
One common myth surrounding weight loss is the belief that exercise alone is enough to shed those extra pounds.
While exercise is undoubtedly an essential component of any weight loss journey, it is not the sole factor that determines success. In reality, weight loss is a multifaceted process that requires a combination of regular physical activity, a healthy diet, and lifestyle modifications.
While daily movement is essential for your physical & mental healthy, it only accounts for 10-20% of your daily calorie expenditure. What you eat accounts for 100% of your calorie consumption.
Which one do you think is worth more investing in?
The 10-20% or the 100%?
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