Want some weight loss myths debunked? Then holistic health coach, Daniel Krokou, offers some pointers to help you shed those excess pounds.
Weight loss through eating less and exercising more has been a resounding failure.
Diets, whether they’re low-calorie, low-fat or low-carbohydrate, all produce initial weight loss, but do a poor job of maintaining leanness.
Below are a number of small steps I believe can help you on you journey to the weight loss you desire.
Myth # 1 – Calories In Vs. Calories Out = Weight Loss
Many diets claim that the magic formula to weight loss is “fewer calories in than calories out.”
This is sort of true in a famine situation – it is possible to starve yourself thin. We now know that crash diets mess with your hunger hormones and your metabolism. This makes it easier for you to gain weight later when you begin eating 'normally' again.
Insulin resistance, leptin resistance, low testosterone, and thyroid problems are all potential consequences of low-calorie diets.
Regardless of calories, a diet’s number one purpose should be to fuel and nourish your mind and body.
Myth #2 – A Low-fat Diet Is Healthy
Dietary fat contains more energy per gram than any other nutrient. Compared to protein or sugar, fat also has the least impact on insulin levels.
Low-fat foods containing sugar, spike insulin and leads to energy crashes and weight gain. Fat also doesn't raise the stress hormone cortisol, which increases blood sugar and suppresses your immune system, as much as protein or carbohydrates.
Myth #3 – Eating Fat Will Make You Fat
Thanks to Ancel Keys, we’re not only stuck with unhealthy fat-free foods, but also have grown afraid of eating fat because we believe it will make us fat and sick.
In fact, the idea that eating fat will make you fat is nothing more than a myth. Thanks to faulty research, fats have gained a bad reputation, but the right type of fats are healthy and essential for life.
All nutrients are converted inside the body before being used. The right fats are clean-burning, nutritious, and satisfying energy sources that keep your body and brain functioning at maximum capacity.
Fat is a building block of healthy cell walls and hormones and is needed for fertility, temperature regulation, and shock absorption.
Some vitamins – A, D, E and K – are fat soluble, meaning that they need fat in order to be absorbed in the body.
Myth #4 – Everything Natural Is Good For You
How many times have you been told to “eat more fruits and vegetables”? It’s almost as if “fruits and vegetables” has become a single word. The only problem is from a nutritional perspective, fruits and vegetables have as much in common as fish and bicycles.
The biggest problem with fruits is the main sugar they contain – fructose. Your liver converts fructose to either glucose or triglycerides, the latter of which are then stored as fat.
Fructose not only causes you to gain fat, but also doesn't suppress your appetite after you eat it the way protein or fats do.
Fructose isn't even as satiating as other sugar sources, so you’re more likely to over consume it than any other type of sugar. Avoiding excessive fructose is one of the best things you can do to slim your waistline and absolutely decimate food cravings
Myth #5 – You Have To Workout A Lot To Lose Weight
One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to weight loss is that burning calories is relevant to losing pounds and slimming down.
That's because your diet is so much more important than exercise when it comes to weight loss. But perhaps one of the biggest unknown truths is that exercise can actually cause you to gain weight!
Your body responds to rigorous exercise as it does to any other stressor placed upon the body. It starts by shifting your body into “fight or flight” mode (prepares to confront danger or flee from it).
Adrenaline and other hormones such as cortisol flood our bodies. Cortisol is a hormone that increases blood sugar, suppresses the immune system, and even decreases bone formation.
When cortisol levels remain raised for extended periods of time, the well-known result is weight gain and muscle loss.
So to review and kickstart your weight loss give the following a try:
- Stop calorie counting and enjoy your food
- Eat more good quality healthy fats (butter, ghee, fat from organic grass fed meat, avocados)
- Eat more vegetables and less fruit
- Consider whether your exercise routine is really serving you. How do you feel? Ask yourself could you benefit from more rest rather than more exercise?
If you have tried numerous diets and consistently have trouble keeping weight off, or losing weight at all, then you maybe one of the individuals who actually "cannot" lose weight due to your body being unable to burn fat.
This happens when the body is only capable of burning sugar for fuel and is unable to tap into fat reserves – what a relief to know its not you’re fault.
Intervention through changes to your diet and supplementation may be the safest and most effective way for weight loss to commence.
If you feel that it could be you, then visit www.knowledgeskilldesire.com and take the online Weight Loss Potential Assessment. Here we can give you the feedback required on what further steps maybe required to help serve your weight-loss goals more effectively.