The Great Fat Diet Myth

on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Posted in N21 Experts


Forget those strict regimes of self-denial that are truly impossible to keep up, what's needed is an eating regime that you can follow for life and that fits in with your own personal lifestyle. The western world is obsessed with diets we have become overfed and under nourished, obesity is now at worrying levels in both adults and children and un-realistic images of super thin models and muscle men give us a distorted view of what is to be fit and healthy.


The successful slimmer loses weight slowly with the key being to establish a way of eating and exercising that becomes second nature and lasts a life-time. It is when we feel well in ourselves that going back to our old patterns is no longer a consideration.


The aim of an effective regime is to bring about weight loss by reducing the amount of calories we take in from food and drink, and increasing the amount of calories we burn through exercise. What is very important here is that we want to lose fat not muscle, some people think that means cutting all fat from the diet, far from it, if you reduce good fats in the diet you can become hungry and many low fat foods are high is sugar. If you don't burn off that sugar, the body will store it as fat. It's all about getting the right balance and eating certain foods in moderation.


The Myths


Some slimming plans are scientifically based whilst others can be quite dangerous. Crash diets or detox diets if done incorrectly and not under supervision at best can cause water and protein to be lost rather than fat and at worst can lead to liver and kidney issues and disordered eating. Faddy regimes do not encourage healthy eating habits or establish safe and permanent weight loss.


Healthy slimming regime

Any programme undertaken, whether it includes smoothies, protein shakes, salads etc. must contain all the nutrients the body needs. To achieve this, vegetables, fruit, lean, meats, fish, pulses, etc. need to be included. Cakes, biscuits, sugary foods, alcohol and processed fats have no value and therefore need to be excluded. It all sounds very simple and fundamentally it is. However we are all individuals and what works for your friend may not work for you. This is where personalised nutrition comes in.


Personalised nutrition is where a programme is worked out especially for you, taking in to account your lifestyle and food choices. A regime that includes lots of fruit and veg when you suffer with IBS or other digestive issues could be quite unhelpful and living off smoothies made with too many high sugar fruits could be more harmful than anything else.


Keep a food diary of everything you eat and drink and the times for a period of four weeks. This will show you a pattern of eating, some things such as eating late at night or skipping breakfast or snacking on high calories treats throughout the day need to be addressed but when choosing the regime that works for you think about what you do already and adapt. You will be far more successful than trying something that is completely different and almost impossible to stick to.


If you would like further help to devise a plan especially for you, come in to clinic and see Kim, she will be only too happy to work with you to achieve your goals.




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Forget those strict regimes of self-denial that are truly impossible to keep up, what's needed is an eating regime that you can follow for life and that fits in with your own personal lifestyle

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