There is a LOT of information swirling around out there, so I just want to take a second to talk about why these weight loss ‘facts’ are dead wrong.
Myth: Calories in and out = weight loss
Weight loss is not as simple as ‘calories in’ and ‘calories out’. It is far more complex.
One of my favourite quotes about the nutritional significance of calories is from Dr Mark Hyman: “Calories are NOT created equal. The same number of calories from different types of food can have very different biological effects. If you still think a calorie is just a calorie, maybe this will convince you otherwise. In a study of 154 countries that looked at the correlation between calories, sugar and diabetes, scientists found that adding 150 calories a day to the diet barely raised the risk of diabetes in the population – but if those 150 calories came from soda, the risk of diabetes went up by 700%.”
Instead of counting calories, we need to focus on the quality of calories. Where are the calories coming from? Our bodies burn calories from wholefoods far better than they do those from processed ‘fake’ foods.
Plus, how your body burns energy depends on a range of factors: your hormones, stress levels, blood sugars, thyroid function, genes, and more. We are all so biochemically unique.
Myth: Exercise a lot and you will lose the weight
Sometimes, over exercising causes your body to go into stress mode and hold onto fat. Doing less (but smarter) exercise often assists with weight balance. I talk more about this in Week 3 of my Online Program.
Myth: Give up all carbs for weight loss
Studies have shown that low carb diets impact thyroid function – which is of course a very important part of weight balance/control.
However, ALL the macronutrients (carbs, fat and protein) are important for a healthy body and weight – just be sure to eat them with balance.
Myth: Artificial sweeteners will help you lose weight
Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can trick the brain into thinking that sugar is coming into the body, which causes your blood sugar levels to become imbalanced. This, in turn, can lead to weight gain and sugar cravings.
Myth: Skipping meals/snacks will help you lose weight
People think they’re doing their waistlines a favour by skipping meals/snacks, but this often leads to bingeing and emotional eating. From clinical experience, I can tell you that those who eat every meal and enjoy a satiating snack in between are better at controlling their appetite, blood sugar levels and cravings – which helps with weight balance.
Myth: Eat as much ‘healthy and clean food’ as you want and the weight will drop
No, this doesn’t work. Portion control matters, so you still need to eat in moderation. always. The body loves all foods in SMALL amounts.
I want you to focus on health, energy and longevity, rather than your weight. Weight loss will be a side effect of that new lifestyle.
If you’re doing all the right things and still not losing weight – you should try my 8-week, online Program. It’ll help you reach a balanced weight – for life. Find out more here!