5 Myths about Weight Loss
For the past several months, I've been researching and studying what I can find about weight loss because when I polled my readers, most were interested in or struggling with weight loss!
And honestly, it's a topic that is so abused in the media...I believe we need some good, healthy information about there around weight loss.
Often, the media makes for us to think less of ourselves, feel angry or upset or disappointed if we are trying to lose weight...ugh!
My approach is MUCH different.
Loving and appreciating yourself...I see as the KEY to long-lasting weight-loss. You won't treat something or someone well if you don't respect them, right??!
As the final details are finally coming together in my program, I've decided to share a little info I've learned with you!
Let's get into it...
Myth #1. You need to eat less to lose weight.
One of the top complaints I hear, "I restrict my calories and still no results."
There is nothing sadder for me as a nutritionist to hear someone say this, look over their food journal and SEE the misery and the fear on the paper:
8 carrots and 1 Tbsp hummus
5 almonds and 2 egg whites
3 slices of turkey with 1 tsp mustard
5 crackers and 1 slice of cheese
How restrictive, boring, and bland! There is no JOY in these food choices.
It honestly brings tears to my eyes because I know how HARD that person is working to control and count their food and/or calories. And how frustrating it is to feel completely, well, stuck and hungry.
Eating less is not (always) the answer. For some, there may be a disconnect between the amount of food they eat, but it is bigger and deeper than a number on a package.
What do you have to do? Eat different.
Weight loss does require change, and eating different than you are now may bring about results.
Myth #2. Eating fat makes your fat.
We can thank scientists in the 1990s who had no business giving out nutrition advice for this awful myth. These scientists terrified people into thinking fat was going to make them fat...and then convinced them to eat their processed, profitable whole grains instead.
I will 100% agree, the name is super misleading. It does intuitively make sense that eating fat would put fat on your body...but this couldn't be further from the truth!
SUGAR is absolutely the biggest culprit in weight gain and sugar can be found everywhere (I've talked about sugar in this post).
The constant sugar roller coaster than many of us find ourselves on is one sure way to pack on some weight, because this roller coaster causes our hormones to go out of balance AND it causes inflammation in the body. Long term, inflammation is a leading cause of many diseases.
Not to mention the day-to-day struggles of eating sugar...HANGRY (hungry + angry) and moodiness. Up and down, up and down. No thanks.
^^^ Does it make sense why I'm a 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach? I'm passionate about helping people get this stuff out of their food and learn what it feels like to have stable blood sugar.
Fat, on the other hand, provides sustainable energy between meals (especially if you are a fat burner!) and helps the integrity of our cells and brain. AND it helps with weight loss. Win-win.
Myth #3. There is one way of eating that works for everyone.
We debunk this myth often on The Ladies Dish Podcast. One man's Paleo is another man's Vegetarian.
Just like we all look very different on the outside, our INSIDES are very different and we will all utilize nutrition in different ways.
Typically in my practice, I try to get clients to think intuitively about their food...what makes you feel good when you eat it? What gives you energy? What do you enjoy eating?
I also utilize Metabolic Typing. (I've written a short blog post about it here).
Bioindividuality is why your one friend lost 20 pounds going low-carb and your other friend gained 20 pounds going low-carb.
Bioindividuality. This was the big fancy word we learned going through NTC training. It means we are all biologically unique. We all need something different.