Common Weight Loss Myths Busted + Recipe

October 18, 2018

Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere. It's so confusing- in fact that is one of the biggest struggles my clients say they have- they are so bloody confused! And I get it, there is so much information and often misinformation out there it's hard to decipher through it all! 

 

So for now I say, let's forget about "who's right" and let's focus on "what's right." Because what gets results is what I am focusing on in this post.

 

Ladies, I respect you way too much to make empty promises and try to sell you on something that doesn’t work. 

 

There are too many weight loss myths out there. I’m going to tackle the top ones I come across in my online practice.

 

Myth: Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss.

 

Calories are important for weight loss. If you eat and absorb way more than you use, then your body’s wisdom will store some for later. Calories matter. Hear me on that one! BUT...

 

But, they are not the “be-all and end-all" of weight loss; they're important, but they're the symptom, not the cause. Let's think about the reasons people eat more calories. Let's focus on the causes.

 

Women (& men) eat too many calories, 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.  And all these feelings interact with our gastrointestinal, nervous and hormonal systems; all of which influence our calorie intake. 

 

We need to deal with the cause. Emotional health, psychological health, mindset and habits all cause calorie intake to increase. We need to deal with the cause. 

 

Myth: “Eat less move more” is good advice.

 

 

Well, then we're all in tip-top shape, right? Because people have been doling out this advice (myth) for years.

 

The premise of this is based on the above myth that calories in minus calories out equals your weight. So, eat fewer calories, and burn off more calories (because human physiology is a simple math equation, right?). I hate to burst your bubble, it's just not that simple. 

 

Even if women can happily and sustainably follow this advice (which they can’t!); it completely negates other factors that contribute to weight problems. Things like the causes of overeating we mentioned above. So much of it is emotional, mindset, psychological.  Not to mention our genetics, health conditions we're dealing with or our exposure to compounds that are "obesogenic.”

 

Again, we need to deal with the cause. 

 

Myth: A calorie is a calorie.

 

Can we please put this one to bed already?

 

Science has confirmed several caloric components of food differ from others. For example, the “thermic effect of food” (TEF) is that some nutrients require 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%.

 

Here’s another example of a calorie not being a calorie. Different fats are metabolized differently. Medium chain triglycerides (fats) (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.

 

#acalorieisnotacalorie

 

Myth: Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight

 

 

This is my favorite! The simple truth is there is no magic pill for weight loss. No supplement, tea, food, or other potion will do the trick. Girls, I can't stress this enough - these products will not solve the underlying cause and will cost you, big time!

 

There are products that make these claims, and they're full of garbage (or shall I say "marketing gold?"). 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. I told you I would keep it honest didn't I?! 

 

Conclusion

 

Weight loss is hard! There are too many people out there trying to make it sound like they have the simple solution (or the latest and greatest!).

 

Don’t fall for the myths that say:

  • Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss.

  • “Eat less move more” is good advice.

  • A calorie is a calorie.

  • Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight.

Again, to reinforce, a holistic and healthy lifestyle will provide you with best practice health outcomes. Stick with what feels right, not empty promises of weight loss. While this may sound easy to do, it's not and so support to work you through this process is where it is at. 

 

Now check out my magical “weight loss salad” recipe below (just kidding!) ;)

 

Recipe (Myth-free salad, filling and nutritious): Kale, Quinoa & Cucumber Salad (Serves 2)

 

What you need:

 

Salad

 

4 cups kale, divided
1 cup cooked beans of your choice (white beans, chickpeas, etc.)

1 cup cooked quinoa, divided
1 cucumber, sliced and divided
 

Cucumber Dill Dressing


½ cup tahini
½ - 1 lemon, juiced (pending taste)
2 tbsp fresh dill
½ cup cucumber, chopped
1 green onion, chopped
½ tsp maple syrup
2 dashes salt

2 dashes black pepper
¼ tsp garlic, minced


What you do

 

1. Divide salad ingredients into two bowls.

 

2. Add all dressing ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until creamy. You may need to add water to thin. Add it slowly, a tbsp at a time until desired thickness is reached.

 

3. Add dressing to salads and gently toss.

 

4. Serve & enjoy!

 

Tip: Extra dressing can be stored in the fridge for a few days

Leftovers: Add in some chicken breast, avocado and spinach leaves for a cool and refreshing take on my original recipe above! 

 

With Love,

Mary-Ann xx

 

 

References:

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/top-12-biggest-myths-about-weight-loss/

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/metabolism-boosting-foods/

 

https://authoritynutrition.com/5-chemicals-that-are-making-you-fat/

 

 

 

 

 

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