More Australians are overweight or obese than ever before with numbers increasing steadily. About 55% of women and 70% of men are carrying too much body fat with 25% of our children overweight or obese.
This means that the incidence of obesity-related disorders such as coronary heart disease & diabetes is also on the rise …
There are no magical foods or ways to combine foods that melt away excess body fat. To reduce your weight, you need to make small, achievable changes to your lifestyle. You need to change the way you eat and increase your physical activity.
There is no magical remedy and nor it is rocket science.
Remember, the best way to lose weight is slowly, by making small, achievable changes …
Focus on facts
Due to the lack of education and misguided information out there, many misconceptions have developed about how to deal with weight loss. Some of them are unhealthy and actually do more harm than good. Let’s get back to basics and focus on facts not fads. Here are 3 of the most common misconceptions.
MISCONCEPTION # 1: Fat is the cause of weight gain
There are bad fats and also good fats. The fats in chicken skin, high-fat cuts of meat and trans-fats found in processed foods like ice cream and packaged snacks are not particularly good for you and are linked to disease. The fats however, found in nuts, fish and avocado are important for many body functions and need to be part of our regular diet.
They once thought that the consumption of fat was the culprit for society’s overweight problem but later they realized that it’s not. Instead it was more caused by refined sugars and high GI foods.
Glycemic Index (GI) is a ranking system from 0-100 on carbohydrate containing foods that impact our blood sugar. High GI foods spike the blood sugar causing insulin to be released which causes fat to be stored and leads to obesity. High GI foods is also associated with developing diabetes.
Understanding and choosing to eat low GI foods will greatly assist in achieving a healthy weight.
MISCONCEPTION # 2: Exercise is the answer to weight loss
Although there is no doubt that exercise plays an important role in weight loss, it is not the biggest factor in getting great results. What you eat and your nutrition play a much bigger role in achieving your desired healthy weight.
MISCONCEPTION # 3: Skipping meals or food deprivation is a good way to lose weight
This may logically make sense but it is actually one of the worst things you can do. When you skip a meal, your body goes into “starvation mode” and starts to store fat. The opposite is true, eating fully balanced nutritious meals is the key.
If we break our bodies down into super tiny bits, we are made out of cells. In fact, we are made out of trillions of them! Each of them are powered by nutrients. Without a complete balance of nutrients, cells cannot function optimally and eventually lead to harm to the body. For example, a deficiency in vitamin C over time leads to scurvy; a deficiency in calcium over time leads to osteoporosis.
The 2 main groups of nutrients are macronutrients & micronutrients.
Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat, Fibre and Water
A wide variety of vitamins and minerals
It is important to consume a complete balance of these nutrients daily to achieve a great body and succeeding in your desired weight.
Feed the body with what it needs and it will fix itself!