Sutton, Surrey Weight Loss Hypnotherapist, Maria Furtek reveals the 5 big weight loss lies that may be making you put on weight, when you are trying to lose it.
The “diet” industry thrives on people’s desperation to lose weight and to have a “quick fix” to do so. However, people then end up with many misconceptions about food and nutrition, which can lead to some very unhealthy and unsuccessful weight loss behaviours if you are trying to lose weight.
As most of us are aware, weight related health issues such as diabetes and heart disease are on the increase in our society, so it is no wonder that so many people are desperate to lose weight and are drawn in by these “diet” lies! In fact the word diet now conjures up thoughts of deprivation, unrealistic plans that are difficult to follow in our busy lives and feelings of guilt when we fail on these plans. Below are 5 of the most common “diet” lies that many of my clients have believed prior to working with me on their weight loss.
The 5 Big Fat Diet Lies:
- Skipping meals will help you to lose weight: So many of my clients, prior to seeing me, tell me that they don’t eat breakfast or they skip lunch in order to cut down their calories. This is false economy! If you’re going through your day without eating, it’s just like a car trying to drive without petrol. What tends to happen when you skip meals is you actually end up eating more: you either snack on unhealthy snacks such as chocolate or crisps, or you tend to over eat at the next meal. Your body thinks that you are trying to starve it, so it will over satiate itself given the chance at the next opportunity to eat.
- Healthy eating is boring and very limiting: Many of my clients when they come to see me tell me how much they love food and eating. They then go on to tell me how they have tried cabbage only diets; the grapefruit diet; or diets that restrict most of their favourite foods or diets that involve drinking shakes! For anyone that loves food this is awful! When I work with my clients they are able to discover that healthy eating, where you can eat everything you love in moderation isn’t boring at all. Healthy eating simply equals choosing and cooking foods that taste good and that are good for your body, mind and wellbeing. Yes you may need to plan your meals and shop for nice food, but this is about changing your habits so that you never need to diet or make certain food off limits ever again!
- It’s good for you if it says “low fat”, “low carb”, “low sugar” or “fat free”: This is false. You have to be able to understand food labels correctly in order to choose the right foods. Funnily enough in the 1980’s when most of the faddy diets involved eating fat free food, there was actually a rise in obesity. Most people when they see the words “fat-free” on a label falsely believe it is calorie free or sugar free. Most fat free foods if you look closely at the label are either high in calories, high in sugar or contain nasty chemicals which are not necessarily good for your body. The best advice is to really become familiar with food labels to understand exactly what is in the product per serving.
- Healthy foods are more expensive: Healthy food does not have to be more expensive. If you plan y our meals, write and stick to a shopping list, then you will probably save money rather than randomly stocking up on food that you are most likely to throw away. Watch out for special offers and also think about how you could swap foods in a recipe: so if for example a recipe states chicken and this week turkey is on special offer, be flexible and see if you can substitute. Healthier foods are generally less expensive than packaged or processed foods, because you can buy them in bulk and portion them out yourself. There are farmers markets, pick your own places, street markets, that all sell fresh produce at a reasonable price. Adopting a healthy eating strategy is going to be less costly in the long run when you think of paying out for medication in the future, if you don’t do this. Think also what price your healthy and well being is worth!
- You should never eat puddings : Depriving yourself of food you love is never going to be sustainable. The more you try not to think about a cream cake the more you will think about it – it’s how the mind works! If by habit you eat a rich, fattening pudding every single night, then this is clearly not going to help you shed your extra weight. This is just a habit and it can be changed quite easily. Another option if you really do want a pudding every single night, is to choose a healthy pudding such as fresh fruit or adapting a richer pudding into a more healthy option.
There is really no “sustainable quick fix” to weight loss. In reality to lose weight and keep it off you really need to have the right mindset, a healthy eating strategy and a good relationship with food and eating. If you would like to work towards achieving this for yourself then take a look at the programme “How to Eat Chocolate and Still Lose Weight” which will help you to transform your eating habits and behaviour, so that you can learn how to eat healthily again, manage your snack attacks and can lose weight without the pain of dieting.