Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere.
I say, forget about "who's right" and let's focus on "what's right." Because what gets results is what I want to focus on today.
There are far too many weight loss myths out there. I’m going to tackle three here now.
Myth: Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss
Calories are important for weight loss. If you eat and absorb a lot more than you use, then your body will store some for later. Calories matter, but, they are not the “be-all and end-all" of weight loss. They’re important, but they're the symptom, not the cause. Take a minute to think about why you or others you know eat more than you need. I’m focusing here on the causes.
People eat too many calories, not because they're hungry, but because they feel sad, lonely, or bored. Or maybe because they're tired or stressed. Or maybe even because they're happy and celebrating. All these feelings interact with our gastrointestinal, nervous and hormonal systems; all of which influence our calorie intake.
This is why I address emotional eating when working with clients. It’s crucial to create the right mindset and adopt the right habits, for long-term success. But I understand that it’s not easy. If it was then so many people would not be struggling with their weight. This is where eating a wholefood plant-based diet can help. You’ll have a much better understanding of what you’re eating and reduce or remove many of the foods that can make it hard for you to eat well.
Myth: A calorie is a calorie
Science has confirmed several caloric components of food differ from others. For example, the “thermic effect of food” (TEF) is that some nutrients require calories to be metabolised. They can slightly increase your metabolism, just by eating them.
For example, when you metabolise protein you burn more calories than when you metabolise carbohydrates. Proteins and carbohydrates both have 4 calories/gram; but, the TEF of protein = 15–30%; and the TEF for carbohydrates = 5–10%.
Here’s another example of a calorie not being a calorie. Different fats are metabolised differently. Medium chain triglycerides (fats) (MCTs) have the same 9 calories/gram that other fats do; but, they're metabolised by the liver before getting into the bloodstream and therefore aren't utilised or stored the same way as other fats.
Myth: Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight
There is no magic pill for weight loss. No supplement, tea, food, or other potion will do the trick.
There are products that make these claims and they’re just a way for companies to make a lot of money out of people looking for an answer. But they’re not the answer, the only thing you will lose is your money (and possibly your hope). So, please don’t believe this myth.
There is a reason most people who lose weight can’t keep it off. The real magic is in adopting a sustainable holistic and healthy approach to living your life, which is why I advocate a wholefood plant-based diet.
It really is a win-win in terms of weight loss and long-term health. You need to change what you’re eating, as part of an overall healthy lifestyle (exercise, sleep, stress management etc), not a product.
Weight loss is hard! There are too many people out there trying to make it sound like they have the simple solution (or the latest and greatest!).
Don’t fall for the myths that say:
● Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss.
● A calorie is a calorie.
● Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight.
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