Weight loss advice is everywhere. There are competing opinions … paleo, keto, vegan, low calorie. Which diet is best?
I say, forget about which is “right” and let’s focus on what’s right for you. There are too many weight loss myths out there. And I don’t want you to buy into something that won’t work for you.
Here are the top misconceptions I come across in my practice.
Myth: Restricting calories should be the main focus
Calories are important for weight loss. If you eat more than you use, then your body will store some for later. Calories definitely 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. Restricting calories doesn’t work in the long term unless you address the reasons why you’re eating more calories than you need.
One very common reason is that people eat too many calories, is 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. If we’re overeating, then addressing the emotional connection we have to food is an important first step.
Myth: Eat Less and Move More is key
The premise of this is based on the myth that if you deprive yourself and burn more calories, then you will lose weight (because human physiology is just a simple math equation, right?).
Even if people can happily and sustainably follow this advice (which many find difficult!); it ignores other factors that contribute to weight problems. Things like the causes of overeating mentioned above. Not to mention health conditions we’re dealing with or our exposure to compounds that are “obesogenic.”
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 more calories to be metabolized. They can slightly increase your metabolism, just by eating them.
For example, when you metabolize protein you burn more calories than when you metabolize carbohydrates. Proteins and carbohydrates both have 4 calories/gram; but, the TEF of protein = 15–30%; and the TEF for carbohydrates = 5–10%.
Also, different fats are metabolized differently. A type of fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) have the same 9 calories/gram that other fats do; but, they’re metabolized by the liver before getting into the bloodstream and therefore aren’t utilized or stored the same way as other fats.
Myth: There is a quick fix product that you need
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, but it’s all marketing. 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. What you need is a long-term lifestyle makeover, not a product.
Sustainable weight loss happens slowly, over time and with support! There are too many people out there trying to make it sound like they have the simple solution (or the latest and greatest product!).
Don’t fall for the myths. Instead, take the time to invest in what will work for you. Book a FREE 20-minute discovery call with me here to discuss your needs and goals.
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