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Mar 12

Five common food myths when it comes to losing weight and living a healthier life – 9Honey | Coach

With endless amounts of information from social media promoting slimming teas and fad diet trends, and online platforms promising miracle weight loss solutions it is easy to become overwhelmed.

With this in mind, Ria Komninos, Accredited Dietitian and Nutritionist with My Muscle Chef says we often forget the basics of balanced eating for weight loss.

"We fall into the trap of trialling and testing these trends, which is ultimately unsustainable," she tells 9Honey Coach.

READ MORE: How to create a meal plan that is high in protein and easy on your wallet

So to help, Komninos busts some of the common food myths associated with losing weight and living a healthier life.

Calorie counting is a popular method of losing weight and is based on consuming fewer calories that you can burn, putting you in a calorie deficit. When trying to lose weight, many of us look for low calorie substitutes for our favourite foods. This is the right first step however it is important to keep in mind sticking to portion controlled amounts to ensure you stay within your daily calorie target.

However, our bodies are all different and the number of calories each individual needs depends on a range of factors including current weight, height, and activity levels.

Additionally, not all calories are created equally. This leads us into the next myth.

Carbs are essential for a well-balanced diet, and more so, whole grain carbohydrates contain fibre which can support weight loss. Our bodies also need carbohydrates for energy throughout the day. Including foods such as oats, brown rice, multigrain bread, and fruits into your diet you can enjoy a nutritious variety of foods whilst having a sustainable approach to weight loss.

The right balance of macronutrients (carbs, proteins, and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) are important for a healthy body but also encourage sustainable and long-term weight loss.

Yes, you can enjoy rice, pasta, noodles!

READ MORE: Warning against popular 'egg diet' for weight loss on TikTok

You've probably been told that eating at night is bad and the best way to avoid 'metabolic slowdown' is to stop eating at a certain time.

You aren't going to put on weight if you eat after 8pm, but it is important to be more mindful in the evenings.

It's natural to be more tired later in the day and you may not want to plan meals, cook, and clean. This often causes us to snack more towards the end of the day which can increase our calorie intake. We also tend to choose unhealthy snack options such as chips, crackers and sweet treats such as ice-cream and chocolate.Snacking in front of the TV also means you aren't focusing on how much you are consuming.

This is why fresh, portioned meals and high-protein snacks are a great fridge and pantry staple.

Diet vs Exercise has been a long debate. While a combination of exercise and diet is best for weight loss, the foods we consume are ultimately more influential on our body weight.

Ever wondered why you can't 'run' away those kilograms? It's much easier to consume calories than it is to burn them off, which is where some people can go wrong.

READ MORE: Nutritionist shares the foods you should be having before and after your workout

Lastly, the mindset of a 'diet' can be restricting and hard to stick to. While this can be true for many weight loss solutions advertised to us, there are options available that allow you to enjoy the foods you love, without the guilt or feeling restricted.

Nothing beats a hearty cheesy lasagne or a decadent chocolate treat for dessert, but adding options from My Muscle Chef means you can enjoy everything without blowing out your daily calorie count.

When approached correctly, a weight loss journey can be filled with delicious food and lead to an increase in energy levels, lower hunger and cravings and more confidence. You just have to have the right information.

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