10 Biggest Food Myths

It is not often that I read a blog that really makes sense when it comes to weight-loss. When a good friend of mine who is also in the industry, Summer, posted this blog on her business page it caught my attention. Finally, something that makes sense and written so people can understand.

I have summarised the MUST know's below and you will find the link to the full blog here.

All calories are created equal

I have heard this line over and over and I am sure that is my 22 year career that I also believed it as some point. This is simply not correct all calories and NOT created equally. To lose weight you need to understand that there are good and bad calories and choosing the quality ones is what counts and will make the difference. Simply eating less and exercising more will not cut it!

Don't lose weight too fast, you will put it all back on

Slow and steady is what we are told. No quick fixes. Don’t lose more than a kilo a week. This is dead wrong.

Studies show the opposite – that a jump start leads to more weight loss over time.

If you reboot your metabolism with a quick detox from sugar (this includes alcohol), processed food and junk, you will reset your hormones and your brain chemistry making it much easier to sustain the changes.

The key is to use a healthy, sustainable strategy for weight loss that balances your hormones and brain chemistry and doesn’t put you in a starvation response. That allows you to lose the weight and keep it off. Over time I have seen this….. if client can see results, they feel empowered and find the inspiration to keep losing weight. The motivation is now intrinsic and this is when people are the most powerful!

All you need is willpower

This is nonsense. If you try and control appetite with willpower you will fail. The fact that you only have a certain amount of will power each day and depending on how stressful your day is that will power diminishes by the end of the day. This is why we seem to have lots of it in the morning but by the end of the day we can't seem to say no! This is also why many trainers recommend that you exercise in the morning as you are more likely to get out of bed and ‘just do it’.

You need to detox from sugar and processed foods and replace them with real, whole high quality foods. That will allow your appetite and weight to automatically regulate without willpower.

Diet soft drinks are better

Absolutely not. In fact it doesn’t matter if the drink contains sugar or not if it is sweet then it will still have the same impact on the body. The signal is “I need sugar’. This continues the cycle of craving sweet things.

It is all about genetics

There are so many different factors that make us put on weight and the least one is genetics! Ever heard the saying 'you are what you eat'? You can add to that 'you are when you eat'.... all of these choices have a bigger impact on your weight than genetics.

Eating fat makes you fat

Really??? Our bodies need fat to survive, to be healthy. You just need to be aware of which ones the body wants. Two things you need to know here: Fat SPEEDS up your metabolism and sugar SLOWS it down.

Exercise is the key to weight loss

As an owner of a personal training business I should be jumping on the industry bandwagon of saying ‘YES’ this is true. I would be lying. Again, my mantra is everything in moderation and balance. Too much of the one thing is not effective. To drop the unwanted kilos you need to train correctly for your body and eat well. You can’t have success without one or the other. They work together. I will say this…exercise should be done to increase muscle quality therefore encouraging a faster metabolism, bone density, endurance, heart health, general mobility and many other reasons and not just to lose weight. It will help you maintain weight when you're eating is ‘off’ and when it is ‘on’ then watch your body transform!

To read the whole blog follow this link and form your own opinion. There are so many different debates out there and I am sure this is just one of them but it makes sense to me and in my experience over the years this thought pattern has had the best results.

Written by Kirsty Robbie - Founder of StudioForty6 and CHEK exercise coach.

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