I hope you are having a beautiful day!
I want to take the very touchy subject about WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS today. So, grab your water and settle in, because it is truth time!
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Sadly, in the diet culture of today, there are so many tricks and tops related to losing weight. I'm going bust a few myths and set the story straight, to help YOU!
❌ You need to eat less that 1200 calories - There has been this golden number of 1200 for "weight loss" for as long as I can remember. Caloric intake is as individualized as your finger print. For a high percentage of the population, if you are eating at 1200, you may lose a little weight, but you might also feel like eating your way through dunking donuts.
❌ Fat free foods are healthier than their regular versions. - Fat free foods are the less fatty versions of regular foods we grow up with. But when fat is removed from foods, a lot of the delicious taste is removed also. So, what do they do to make them taste good? They add SUGAR, SALT & a lot of other not-so-good for you chemicals. These fat free versions will also leave you less satisfied than the original, leading you to eat more.
❌ Fruit has too much sugar.- STOOOOOP shaming fruit! Yes, fruit is the candy of nature. But it is candy with fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. Please, eat your fruit and enjoy it!
❌ You should cut out carbs - THIS one drives me crazy. Carbs stands for Carbohydrates. One of the 3 Macronutrients you need to function. Carbs are your body's source of energy and they help you body recover from trauma (& workouts). Unless you have a disease that requires you to eat low carbohydrates, please, for the love of French bread, eat your carbs!
If you want to eat the most nutritious carbohydrates, choose rice, potatoes, millet, oats, legumes, vegetables and fruits!
❌ Snacking is bad for you - Snacking can help you from overeating. It can also help you hit your daily caloric needs! Snacking gets a bad wrap if you have a tendency to eat a bag of chips at one sitting. But if you plan nutritious snacks between the big 3 meals, you will be helping yourself and you goals!
❌ You have to eat every two hours - Once again, this a huge myth. There is a lot of research on this topic. What they have found is you can eat one HUGE meal or 6 mini meals throughout the day and if your caloric and food selection intake is the same, you will still lose weight. I recommend setting meal times that are in tune with your natural huger cues! Once again, our Bodies are all SO different. What works for me will not work for everyone.
❌ You need to diet - I HATE the word DIET. To me it tells you that I am restricting my food. This also, automatically, makes food the enemy. This can lead to a very unhealthy relationship with food. It can also see you up for a life of yo-yo dieting. Please irradiate diet from your vocabulary.
❌ Weight loss supplements help you lose weight - Here’s an interesting fact. The majority of them work through placebo effect. When people begin to take diet pills, they tend to be more conscious of their diet, which impacts their weight. They also run a risk of messing with your heart. A lot of pills in the fitness industry are not regulated. It is up to you to read what you are taking. Be careful! <3
I hope this opens up some conversations about weight loss myths and helps you make better decisions. At the end of the day, eat wholesome and nutrition foods! Lean proteins, nutritious carbs, good for your heart fats and FIBER. Drink water and enjoy your food. If you have any questions, let me know! I am always here for you!