With all the quick fix diets, pills and potions we are still battling the obesity issues in Australia. Thanks to our diet we are now fatter than ever before in history.

Here are a few diet myths and the truth as I see it:

  1. Eat grapefruit and it will melt the fat away – no food can do this.
  2. You have to starve to lose weight – this is the worst thing you can do to lose weight, in fact if you eat too little your body will not lose weight. Having a balanced diet with the right amount of fats and calories is the answer. Never go lower than 1200 calories in your day for women and 1500 for men.
  3. When exercising no pain means no gain – this is so false, going too hard too quickly can cause injury and then you spend weeks on the couch recuperating, not a good idea. The key is to get your heart rate up and sweat a little. You can achieve this by doing a brisk 30 minute walk.
  4. Potatoes make you fat – no it’s not the potato that is the problem it is how you cook it or what you add to it. For example fried chips or covering a jacket potato with sour cream and cheese will destroy the benefits of a humble spud.
  5. Avoid sugar –A diet high in sugar can be detrimental to your health as it creates a very acidic body. For example lollies, cakes and biscuits and soft drinks are loaded with sugar. My question to you is how much of these type of foods do you have on a regular basis? Small amounts of sugar aren’t harmful – everything in moderation is the key to good health.
  6. Skip meals and you will lose weight – this is a crazy way to lose weight. You only land up bingeing and in turn will gain more weight. It is better to have 3 meals and a few healthy snacks to keep you happy and satisfied.
  7. The healthiest choice on a menu is salad – This isn’t always the case. One of the highest fat choices on a menu can be caesar salad which has a high fat dressing, fried bread and bacon…not for a slimmer that’s for sure. I always ask for the dressing to be served on the side so you have control how much you use. Also always ask what is in the salad as they may add things like nuts and cheese that can up the fat count. I always ask for balsamic vinegar on my salads to be safe. Check out my healthy version of a caesar salad in the recipes section.

What other diet myths do you know about? Please share in the comments below.

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