There is just so much bad advice out there, we wanted to make sure that you are informed about these weight loss myths.
“All calories are created equal” –
While it is true that a calorie is simply a measure of energy, which means that all calories have the same energy content; this is a myth because not all calories have the same effect on your weight.
This is because different foods metabolize differently, they also have different effects on your feeling of being hungry and the hormones that regulate body weight.
For example, calories from whole foods (like fruits and vegetables) satisfy hunger more successfully than refined foods (like candy).
“Losing weight is a linear process” –
This myth can be an incredibly defeating belief when on a weight loss journey. The truth is some days and weeks you may lose weight and some you will gain a bit.
This is why we stress the fact that the scale is not your friend, it does not tell the whole story.
The scale does not take into account water weight or replacing your fat with muscles. Which causes you to weigh more but look better and be healthier.
We provide our clients with precision weight loss that includes a physical assessment that helps them avoid being ruled by the scale. Our assessment ( Body 360 ) provides the unique data necessary to create an effective plan for each unique body.
“Carbs make you fat” –
While it is true that low carb diets can help with weight loss, the problem with this myth is that it does not tell the whole story. Not all carbs are created equal.
The truth is, refined carbs (like processed grains or sugar) are the cause of weight gain, but whole foods (like whole grains, sweet potatoes or butternut squash) that are high in carbs are very healthy for you.
“Fat makes you fat” –
It is true that body fat is stored fat, so naturally you would think that eating more fat would cause your body to store more of it. But, the truth is, there is nothing “fattening” about fat.
The only issue is that it is often found in calorie-dense junk foods. Where people run into trouble is when they eat a lot of fat, along with a high-carb, high-calorie, junk food diet.
But, if you are eating a diet of nutrient dense, whole foods in the right proportions – incorporating healthy fats into your diet is incredibly beneficial.
Healthy fats include avocados, nuts, olive oil, salmon and even dark chocolate.
“Eating “diet foods” can help you lose weight” –
BEWARE of the diet foods with their low-fat, fat-free, process gluten-free and high-sugar beverages that are marketed as “healthy.”
Placing these labels on food is done intentionally to trick the uninformed consumer into buying.
A simple rule to follow in order to avoid being the victim of these tricks, is to pay attention to labels. If you can’t pronounce over half the ingredients it is safe to say, put that item back on the shelf.
Fuel your body with the whole, nutrient dense foods it craves.