There are many reasons people struggle with keeping the weight off, but don’t let these myths be one of them! Well-meaning friends and family tend to share weight loss advice, which can sometimes be confusing.
We speak to the nutritionist at HICJUICE to help debunk some of the common weight loss myths out there.
1. Greens are always good.
Are they? Sweetened green juices can be high in calories and cause weight gain, while canned greens have a high sodium content. It’s best to eat your greens fresh. But remember, no one food can provide all the nutrients one requires. You should always include food from every food group such as fruit, dairy, grains into your diet to achieve good health.
2. Carbs make you fat
Refined carbohydrates (e.g. white rice, processed snacks and sweets) are highly processed, stripped of their nutrients and usually contain lots of added sugar. Cutting down on refined carbs will bring you a host of health benefits and help you better manage your weight. However, not all carbs are bad. Complex carbs from fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes are rich sources of nutrients and fibre, and are an important part of a healthy diet.
3. Skipping meals will help to reduce your calorie intake
Skipping meals make you so hungry (and cranky) that you’re likely to overeat and make poor food choices at the next meal. It also slows down your metabolism which makes it harder to lose weight. Ensure each meal is well-balanced with complex carbohydrates, protein and some healthy fat to keep you satiated for a longer time.
4. All calories are created equal
There are high-quality, nutrient and fibre-rich calories and empty, low-quality ones. This means that what you eat is just as important as how much you eat. A fruit and a slice of
5. Treats are off limit
In order to lose weight and keep it off, it’s key to make consistent and lasting changes to your eating habits. Banishing your favourite treats isn’t sustainable. It’s more effective to enjoy them in a mindful way rather than avoid them completely. So the next time you treat yourself to that Red Velvet cupcake, sit down and savour each bite!
Inspired by the popular 5:2 intermittent fast diet to recharge, cleanse and boost fat metabolism through limiting calorie intake for two non-consecutive days a week. HICJUICE programs are designed by nutritionists for your benefit.