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Weight Loss Myths

According to Dr. Sue Decotiis, a diet doctor in New York, there are a number of myths surrounding dieting and weight loss that interfere with our weight loss goals.  Her thinking matches that of local nutritionists Kathy Westover and Esther Hanson.

Dr. Decotiis finds that:,

  • Slow and steady doesn’t work.  She tells us that we only have a certain amount of time before our metabolism readjusts, so when we have a lot of weight to lose, it’s best to get off to a “big” start.
  • Not all fruits and vegetables help us lose weight.  Many of them are high in sugars, which contribute to weight gain.  Plus, she tells us many of the pesticides, herbicides, and GMO chemicals in conventional vegetables affect metabolism. making it difficult to lose weight.
  • Low fat doesn’t help with weight loss.  Most low-fat processed foods are high in sugars.  It’s the sugars that cause weight gain, not the fats.  For instance, low-fat yogurt almost always means high sugar.
  • Cleanses and detoxes are often high in carbohydrates that lead to weight gain.  To lose weight, we need protein.
  • Elimination diets: if food sensitivities and digestive issues are a problem, it’s not the food but the gut bacteria that are at the root of it.  Correct the gut bacteria, and your digestive problems will end.  Once the food sensitivities are eliminated, you’ll lose weight.
  • Calories in, calories out doesn’t always work.  Metabolic imbalances mess with that theory.
  • Gluten-free.  Just following a gluten-free diet doesn’t necessarily work, especially if we just swap one processed food for another.  Just because it’s gluten-free bread, cereal, cookies, and snacks doesn’t mean it’s a healthy choice.  Many of them contain higher amounts of sugars and carbs than their gluten-fllled counterparts.
  • Last, EAT REAL FOOD!!
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