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Weight Loss “Myths” You Should Avoid

Category : Healthy Eating

Some “old school” weight loss advice will slow down you metabolism! Be careful not to fall into these traps:

I have to eat less to lose weight. OK, that will work for a while, but eventually one of two things is going to happen: you will feel so deprived that you will binge and give up or your body will become adjusted to the lower calorie diet by slowing down your metabolism which will cause your weight loss to plateau unless you cut back even more on calories.

If I over-do-it at one meal I will skip a meal or two to make up for it. This doesn’t work because it causes big fluctuations in your blood sugar which usually lead to over-eating again. 

Eating fat will make me fat, so I will avoid fats. Your body needs fats. Eating too much of anything can cause you to gain weight. You should avoid unhealthy fats such as saturated fats & trans fats, however there are a lot of healthy fats which you should include such as olive oil, canola oil, flaxseed oil, fish oil, safflower oil, avocado, olives, almond butter (with salt), almonds (raw, whole), peanut butter (natural, with salt), peanuts (raw, chopped), pecans (raw, chopped), pumpkin seeds, sesame butter/tahini, sunflower seeds, soy nuts (roasted, lightly salted), walnuts (raw, chopped)

Eating Carbohydrates will make me fat, so I will eat a low-carb or no carb diet. Your body needs carbohydrates. Eating low-carb does cause most people to lose weight, however eating low-carb for an extended period of time can mess with your metabolism. Most people do not feel 100% when they eat low-carb complaining of low energy and low carb “fog”. We suggest carb-cycling (two days low-carb followed by one day high-carb) so that you do not slow your metabolism. Healthy carbs include: fruit, whole grain bread, English muffins, pasta, cereal & tortillas, rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes corn, couscous, long grain brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn, quinoa,  wild rice, milk (1% or skim), yogurt and legumes including edamame.