Recently I’ve been on my own personal journey of trying to shed some unwanted kilos and attempting to get fitter. During this process I’ve discovered what does and doesn’t work for me when it comes to weight loss. When Jane Sandwood approached me to guest post about debunking some common weight loss myths, I immediately thought “perfect timing”!
So without further ado here is what former nutritionist, Jane’s experience and research has taught her about weight loss and nutrition.
Australians think a lot about food and how we can add more nutrients to our daily diet. The study of nutrition is actually very new, and the motivation to eat healthy seems to be a central focus of the current culture, especially as we enter our later years in life. But the actual scientific study of nutrition only began to be researched in any serious capacity within the past 100 years. To put it in perspective: the term ‘vitamin’ was coined in 1912.
Since we are only beginning to understand many aspects of diets and how nutrients affect our bodies, it makes sense that certain myths about making healthy food choices have come about. Many of these myths, however, are untrue, even though they are oftentimes presented as factual by the food industry. In realizing that there are many myths about losing weight and which foods can help in this endeavor, there are certain truths you should know.
One of the most common myths we hear when trying to lose weight is that eating carbohydrates will make you fat and negatively impact your weight loss process. But the truth about carbs is that you can actually lose weight by eating them in moderation and proper portions. Plus, most healthy foods that are good for losing weight, like vegetables and foods containing fibre, also contain carbs, so it wouldn’t be wise to rid your diet of carbs entirely.
Like anything, eating too much of a certain type of food will lead to weight gain over time, and carbs are not excluded from this list. But this doesn’t mean that you need to completely cut them out. Choosing whole grain and wholemeal carbs (like brown rice or brown bread) is a great way to make your carb choices healthier—and you’ll stay satisfied and full longer. You can also do things like eat the skins on your potatoes to increase your intake of fibre.
Another myth that has circulated about losing weight and our nutrition is that it is overly expensive to buy healthy foods. While many of the fashionable ‘superfoods’ can be quite costly, especially if it needs to be imported to Australia from elsewhere, this isn’t the case for a majority of healthy foods. In fact, changing your diet to be healthier should cost the same as whatever previous diet you were eating.
It may be worth knowing that in-season fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish are cheaper than when they are out of season. Also, beans and pulses are always inexpensive options that are both filling and low in calories. By researching and making a weekly food plan ahead of your trip to the food store, you can make healthy eating a priority and do it cheaply.
So, knowing that eating a proportionate amount of carbs will not make you fat and that you can be healthy without breaking the bank, you can now take on your efforts for weight loss with a rejuvenated spirit and new nutritional information.
At the end of 2016 I had Bursitus in both hips and I couldn’t exercise as rigorously as I usually do, so I became a little unmotivated. Then after coming back from a five week holiday on a Mediterranean Cruise and travelling around Italy, I found myself to be the heaviest I’ve ever been. My clothes were skin tight, I felt sluggish, I was having trouble bending down to do up my shoes and during a medical checkup I found out I had high cholesterol. I was jeopardising my health and my ability to indulge in things that I love to do, like pilates, yoga and walking up hills.
So when my friend and neighbour suggested I go along to Weight Watchers with her, I agreed. It was probably the best decision I ever made because I had someone to support me and keep me on track, rather than just the weekly visit to the WW meeting. From the onset my friend and I were helping one another by cooking healthy meals, sharing recipes, exercising together and being accountable to one another. It really helped me in those first 3 months.
The result after 4 months of following the WW program and exercising regularly has been a whopping 7 kilogram weight loss. I feel like a new “me” and can now comfortably fit back into my once skin tight clothes, do up my shoes without struggling, and negotiate some of the moves in pilates and yoga so much easier. Plus the pain in both my hips joints has mainly dissipated.
Here’s my before and after photo of my weight-loss journey. First photo was taken on The Path of The Gods on the Amalfi Coast of Italy in May this year and the second photo in November. There’s a remarkable difference.
Thank you Jane for writing this very informative article.
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and editor with over 10 years’ experience working across many fields. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to health, fitness and nutrition.
What do you think are the main myths about weight loss?
<p>Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.</p>