‘If the label says, “healthy choice”, “low in fat” or “low in sugar”, it must be good for you, right? What you should ask yourself is: what are they replacing the fat or the sugar with? The answer is artificial chemical products and flavourings that our body doesn’t know how to metabolise and which ultimately make us sick and overweight.”
Weight-loss myth #4: Counting calories is the only way to lose weight
Truth: ‘Yes, counting calories and limiting your daily calorie intake will lead to weight loss. But let me ask you this: are you prepared to count calories forever and control what you eat for ever? Honestly, how long can you stick to a strict regime, weighing out your food, avoiding eating out or at your friends’ house because you’re trying to maintain that strict regime? As soon as you stop counting calories, the weight will pile back on.
‘Also, not all calories are created equal. You can drink diet fizzy drinks all day long because they contain hardly any calories, but they wreak havoc on your body, your metabolism and your gut microbes. Eating artificially developed low-calorie foods actually leads to weight gain, because they interfere with our body’s natural way of breaking down and storing food.’
Weight-loss myth #5: Losing weight means depriving yourself of the foods you love
Truth: ‘This is one of the main reasons diets don’t work: they are unsustainable because we have to eliminate so many of the things we enjoy eating. It makes it so difficult for us to eat out, go to a party, drink alcohol and just enjoy a healthy balanced lifestyle. But the reverse is true! When we eat foods filled with flavour that we enjoy, we absorb more nutrients from them. Our body responds by speeding up our metabolism and letting us know when we feel full, and this is all triggered by the pleasure we experience eating something we enjoy. So, we eat less as we savour and enjoy more.’