Weight-loss-myths

Top 5 Dieting Myths Dispelled

Is your head swarming with conflicting healthy eating and nutritional advice from your GP, personal trainer, friendship circle and more? It can be very hard to ascertain what’s right and complete bunkum when it comes to food, glorious food.

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Never fear, dear reader: here, leading Sydney dietician/nutritionist and author Susie Burrell, who just launched her new program: Shape Me, The 30 Day Plan, sorts fact from fiction when it comes to what we should – and should not – be putting in our mouths as we embark on a healthier, happier 2015.

Myth 1: Is eating bread really the antichrist? What if I’m trying to lose weight?

It’s not the bread, but which type and what we have it with that’s the problem. For example, thick Turkish toast with butter, or massive sandwiches and large wraps which can be equivalent to four slices of regular bread. You can easily lose weight with two small slices of Burgen Soy-Lin or lower carb bread each day.

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Myth 2: Am I failing at life if, like celebrity Sarah Wilson, I can’t give up sugar?

The thing with Wilson’s “quitting sugar” campaign is that it is based on a random set of rules and beliefs which mean you don’t quit sugar at all, but rather restrict a number of key foods that reduce carbs and calories significantly. And severe restriction always leads to deprivation and binging. A more sustainable and healthy approach is to simply cut out processed foods.

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Myth 3: Celebrity chef Pete Evans has his own TV show advocating the paleo diet. Is this now the fastest and healthiest way to lose weight?

Any diet will work if people stick to it and a couple of issues with the paleo diet is the cutting out of key food groups which can mean some nutrient groups like calcium and our B group vitamins suffer and for most people it is very difficult to sustain. I would argue, based on research, that a Mediterranean approach with lots and lots of vegetables is the healthiest way to lose weight.

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Myth 4: My GP says I should eat three big meals a day and nothing more. Is this the best way to keep the weight off?

Healthy eating is about finding out whatever works best for you, but less snacking with three-to-four meals and nothing in between is a good way to control calories and reduce the intake of little extras through the day.

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Myth 5: Are treat days a slippery slope to obesity? Are treats only for toddlers, not adults?

Have treat meals, not treat days! Treat meals can include one-to-two a week and one extra – not a binge! Treat meals don’t have to spell dieting disaster. In fact, a well-structured cheat meal can help you overcome weight-loss plateaus. And, most importantly, remember it is a cheat meal, not a cheat day or a binge!

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Susie Burrell’s new e-book Change Your Mindset And Lose Weight Fast: The Motivation You Need To Lose Weight is packed full of info and advice on finding and keeping your motivation, getting psychologically ready to take control of your weight and more. Visit Visit www.shapeme.com.au.

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January 24, 2015

The Skinny On The Dangers of Kim K’s Torturous Waist Training

The old saying: “beauty is pain, darling” takes on a whole new dimension thanks to the latest US weight-loss craze: waist training. Usually, I feel fairly indifferent at best towards Kim Kardashian, but I did feel white-hot feminist rage and incredulousness when I saw her Instagram pics of her “extreme beauty secret” – her corseted waist training – on TV.

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What the hell, ladies?! There are very good reasons for the eradication of all-day corsetry wear – these torture devices, hailing from the 16th century, cause breathing difficulties, crushed ribs – oh and they damage your internal organs. Call me crazy, but surely no amount of skinny waist action is worth this pain and bodily damage?!

Some enlightened doctors called for corsets to be banned as early as the late 19th century, but we have our feminist forebears to thank for their public protests about the damage corsets do to women’s bodies and unborn babies.

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Now, corsetry is being touted as a way to train your body to retain a slim, curvy figure even when you’re not wearing one. What a croc!?

And it’s not just Kim K who’s to blame for this bullshit trend – other celebrities, such as burlesque queen Dita Von Teese and Jessica Alba have long praised the benefits of wearing them, with the latter confessing to wearing not one, but two corsets after giving birth to her second daughter Haven in 2011.

Are these women mad? My bet is Kim K is way too smart (I hope) to be wearing a corset for any length of time for waist training, but is instead being paid a ridiculous sum of money to endorse them via her social media channels.

For, any personal trainer or doctor of repute (like my outraged health practitioners, scathing in their thoughts on waist training) would have surely set her straight as to the extreme dangers, right? Sad but true, nothing matches or replaces the benefits of healthy eating and regular exercise, the old-fashioned way.

Sure, who doesn’t want to lose a few kilos, but are you going to risk your health to do so? Doctors say fainting spells are also a major side effect of waist training, due to the corsets quite literally constricting your lungs and airways. And other health experts have quashed the idea that you can get slimmer over time by wearing corsets, as fat’s squishy, and unfortunately, it bounces back (bugger).

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The only positive I can see from waist training is that the restrictive stress of it – while it’s causing you to develop malformation of organs – might make you eat less, by default! And I jest – anyone who tells you waist training is good for you must be selling something. Hang your head in shame, A-list celebrities – what a sick and dangerous message to send to young girls and women.

What do you think? Have you felt pressured to try waist training?

Main image via realitytvmagazine.sheknows.com; cartoon via blackdoctor.org and corset shot via necolebitchie.com.

December 1, 2014