How to Stop Struggling with Weight
No matter where you look, weight loss advice is everywhere. And often time it’s opposing.
You may be far into or just starting your weight loss journey and are looking for answers on how to make it a bit easier.
The thing is when you look for information it’s filled with myths that only contribute to your weight loss struggle.
I say, forget about “who’s right” and let’s focus on “what’s right.”
I respect you too much to make empty promises and try to sell you on something that doesn’t work.
There are too many weight loss myths out there that are keeping you back. I’m going to tackle the top ones I come across in my practice.
Myth #1: “Eat less move more”
The premise of this is based on the above myth that calories in minus calories out equals your weight. So, eat fewer calories, and burn off more calories (because human physiology is a simple math equation, right?).
Even if people can happily and sustainably follow this advice (which they can’t!); it completely negates other factors that contribute to weight problems. Things like the causes of overeating we mentioned above. Not to mention our genetics, health conditions we’re dealing with or our exposure to compounds that are “obesogenic.”
Myth#2: Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss
Calories are important for weight loss. If you eat and absorb a ton more than you use, then your body’s wisdom will store some for later. Calories matter.
But, they are not the “be-all and end-all” of weight loss; they’re important, but they’re the symptom, not the cause. Let’s think about the reasons people eat more calories. Let’s focus on the causes.
People eat too many calories, not because they’re hungry, but because they feel sad, lonely, or bored. Or maybe because they’re tired or stressed. Or maybe even because they’re happy and celebrating. And all these feelings interact with our gastrointestinal, nervous and hormonal systems; all of which influence our calorie intake.
Myth#3: A calorie is a calorie
Science has confirmed several caloric components of food differ from others. For example, the “thermic effect of food” (TEF) is that some nutrients require calories to be metabolized. They can slightly increase your metabolism, just by eating them.
For example, when you metabolize protein you burn more calories than when you metabolize carbohydrates. Proteins and carbohydrates both have 4 calories/gram; but, the TEF of protein = 15–30%; and the TEF for carbohydrates = 5–10%.
Here’s another example of a calorie not being a calorie. Different fats are metabolized differently. Medium chain triglycerides (fats) (MCTs) have the same 9 calories/gram that other fats do; but, they’re metabolized by the liver before getting into the bloodstream and therefore aren’t utilized or stored the same way as other fats.
Myth#4: Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight
There is no magic pill for weight loss. No supplement, tea, food, or other potion will do the trick.
There are products that make these claims, and they’re full of garbage (or shall I say “marketing gold?”). The only thing you will lose is your money (and possibly your hope). So, please don’t believe this myth. There is a reason most people who lose weight can’t keep it off. The real magic is in adopting a sustainable holistic and healthy approach to living your life. What you need is a long-term lifestyle makeover, not a product.
To understand why you are struggling with weight loss, it’s important to figure out the underlying cause. As a naturopathic doctor, I focus to uncovering factors that are keeping you back from losing weight, healthily.
I will work with you to develop an individualized meal and lifestyle plan so that you can build healthy habits for life and burn fat naturally without supplements!
Weight loss is hard! There are too many people out there trying to make it sound like they have the simple solution (or the latest and greatest!).
Don’t fall for the myths that say:
- “Eat less move more”.
- Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss.
- A calorie is a calorie.
- Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight.
Now check out my magical “weight loss salad” recipe below (just kidding!)
Recipe: Kale Cucumber Salad (Serves 2)
- 4 cups kale, divided
- 1 cup cooked beans of your choice (white beans, chickpeas, etc.)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa, divided
- 1 cucumber, sliced and divided
Cucumber Dill Dressing
- ½ cup tahini
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 2 tbsp dill
- ½ cup cucumber, chopped
- 1 green onion, chopped
- ½ tsp maple syrup
- 2 dashes salt
- 2 dashes black pepper
- ¼ tsp garlic, minced
- Divide salad ingredients into two bowls.
- Add all dressing ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until creamy. You may need to add water to thin. Add it slowly, a tbsp at a time until desired thickness is reached.
- Add dressing to salads and gently toss.
- Serve & enjoy!
Tip: Extra dressing can be stored in the fridge for a few days
Dr. Anna ND
- The 12 Best Foods to Boost Your Metabolism https://authoritynutrition.com/metabolism-boosting-foods/
- 5 Artificial Chemicals That Can Make You Fat https://authoritynutrition.com/5-chemicals-that-are-making-you-fat/
- Top 12 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss https://hauthoritynutrition.com/top-12-biggest-myths-about-weight-loss