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- All calories are the same
The calorie is a measure of energy, and all calories have the same energy content, BUT this doesn’t mean all calorie sources have the same effect on your weight. A protein calorie is different from a fat or a carb calorie. Replacing carbs and fat with protein can boost metabolism, reduce appetite and cravings while optimising the function of some weight-regulating hormones.
Also, calories from whole foods tend to be more filling than calories from refined, processed, mass-produced foods.
- Losing Weight is a Linear Process
There is never a direct downward line in weight loss. One week you may lose a kilo, while during others you may gain a bit. It’s normal for body weight to fluctuate, and hitting a plateau in your weight loss journey is common. If your weight is trending downwards, you’ll succeed in the long term.
- Supplements are the answer
Every weight loss supplement supplier will tell you their product is the answer to achieving your goal weight. People fall for the marketing and want a quick fix. While they may work in the short term, the sustainable approach is eating clean, being mindful of food as fuel, and keeping an eye on portion control.
- "Eat Less, Move More"
Body fat is stored energy (calories), and for you to lose weight, more calories need to leave your fat cells than enter them. If calories out exceed calories in, fat loss occurs. That is a fact.
But, for people with serious weight problems, this is not good advice. A significant and sustained change in perspective and behaviour is needed to lose weight with diet and exercise. Just saying "eat less, move more" is like instructing someone with depression to cheer up, or someone with alcoholism to drink less.
- Carbs Make You Fat
It’s a fact that low-carb diets can help with weight loss. As long as the carbs are kept low, and protein intake is high, people lose weight. But this doesn’t mean carbs per se cause weight gain.
Refined grains and sugar (refined carbs) are linked to weight gain, but whole foods high in carbs are healthy, and should make up a significant part of a well-balanced diet.
- Fat Makes You Fat
Since the dieting revolution started in the 50’s and fatwas demonised, obesity levels in developed countries have increased exponentially. The introduction of “Low-fat” processed foods has made us fatter!
Fat doesn’t make you fat. High fat / low carb diets have been shown to cause weight loss in many studies. Eating a high-fat diet in the form of a high-carb, high-calorie, junk food will make you fat. But it's not because of the fat.
- "Diet" Foods Help You Lose Weight
It’s very frustrating, but a lot of junk food is marketed as “healthy.” Low-fat, fat-free, processed gluten-free foods and high-sugar “health beverages” often are anything but healthy. Check the label and read the sugar content. You may be surprised.
Here at Move Health and Fitness, we recommend eating whole foods. Fill your plate with plenty of vegetables, lean protein, and wise carb choices.
Eat to fuel your body. For your body to perform well, it needs high-quality clean fuel, portioned correctly.
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