4 Ridiculous Nutrition Myths Getting In The Way of Your Weight Loss

4 Ridiculous Nutrition Myths Getting In The Way of Your Weight Loss

As part of my job I get asked a lot of questions regarding food and nutrition myths that people have heard from a friend or read in a magazine. These myths are everywhere, there is a new one every week! Savvy, misleading marketing has confused our ideas about what we should or should not be eating in order to lose weight and be healthy. Here are my top 4 ridiculous nutrition myths getting in the way of your weight loss.

Myth 1. Always choose fat free dairy over full fat

Have a look at your local supermarkets refrigerated section and you will see it. Low fat yoghurt, low fat cheese, low fat milk, low fat ice cream…no wonder we are all confused! Experts now agree that dietary fat is not the problem, it is sugar that causes fat gain. These low fat products will often be loaded up with sugar to mask the terrible taste of the product, think of those little fruit filled yoghurts! As well as sugar you will find chemical thickeners and stabilizes to give the product a thick, creamy consistency. 

What should you do?

Buy full fat, organic and unsweetened/natural dairy products. Check the ingredients list for unwanted nasties and food chemicals. A yoghurt for example should contain only 2 ingredients; full fat milk and bacteria/culture.

Myth 2. To lose weight you need to eat less calories than what you are burning.

A calorie is not a calorie. Different foods will have different affects in your body. 200 calories of a low fat muffin will affect the body different to 200 calories of avocado. The muffin will quickly be broken down into glucose, spiking your insulin levels which will keep fat cells happy and leaving you hungry soon after. Avocado for example will keep you feeling full and satisfied long after.

What should you do?

Forget calories, focus on food quality. Choose natural, earth grown nutrients that will nourish your body and avoid those over processed, nutrient poor foods.

Myth 3. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Breakfast is the first meal we have to break our overnight fast. I don’t believe it needs to be eaten at a certain time of day. If you are like me and prefer eating your breakfast soon after you wake up, that’s great, keep eating an early breakfast. But if the idea of eating before 10am makes your stomach surge then it is perfectly fine to eat your first meal later in the day. The problem arises when people skip breakfast because they are in rush, then buy a croissant and latte at the café next to their work!

What should you do?

Forget timing eat when you are hungry. But make sure your first meal of the day is a nourishing meal loaded with vegetables, quality protein and healthy fats. 

Myth 4. You must cut out all carbohydrates from your diet if you want to lose weight.

Not all carbohydrates are the same and have the same effect on your body. Quinoa is a carbohydrate that is unprocessed, low in glycemic index so will stabilise blood sugar levels and keep you feeling fuller for longer. Bread is a carbohydrate that is highly processed, high in glycemic index, will spike your blood sugar levels, spike your insulin encouraging fat cells to take up the blood sugar. It is true that you need to exclude some carbohydrates from your diet to lose fat but not all.

What should you do?

Switch all processed carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, noodles, cakes, biscuits, couscous, white rice to unprocessed carbohydrates such as quinoa, brown/wild rice, buckwheat, amaranth, sweet potato and pumpkin.

If you want to lose fat and start feeling healthier, you really need to second guess the common food myths that we hear every day. There is no magic answer to successful, long-term weight loss. Focus on changing your lifestyle and eating the most nourishing foods you can get your hands on.

Always Ask Questions
Question every nutrition claim that you read on the internet or hear from a friend. People are always asking me so many crazy questions about nutrition that they have read somewhere but just don’t know what to believe. What is one nutrition or health myth that is on your mind and you want answers to? Comment bellow and I’ll do my best to clear things up for you.