Healthy Calorie Intake Myths and Facts Video

Nutrition Fiction: Some Truths About Weight Loss

Please check with your health care provider before beginning any weight loss program.

There’s a lot of information out there about weight loss. And sometimes we get mixed messages about what to eat when we want to lose weight.

Well, today, we’re going to look at two common myths and show you the truth behind them.

You may have heard that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in.

Now, while this is true, it’s important to know where those calories are coming from and what they’re doing in and to your body.

Calories from fruits, vegetables and other greens are good for you and give your body a healthy source of energy and nutrients, while calories from sugary or processed foods may not be as nutritious.

Here’s the thing: processed foods don’t allow your body to work at its best and, if not eaten in moderation, can be unhealthy for you, which may lead to health problems.

One of the best ways to help lose or maintain weight is to:

Eat small, eat often, and eat real food.

Now, what I mean by eat small is eat smaller meals. Our bodies don’t want us to stuff ourselves.

In fact, they run better on full, not overly full. An easy way to do this is to use a smaller plate. It’s a practical way to eat less yet still feel full.

Eat often is as simple as eating every few hours. Keep healthy snacks with you throughout the day, so that when you get hungry, you reach for those to get in those good calories and avoid a mad dash to the less healthy pre-packaged snacks in the vending machine.

Try making your own snacks using fresh, healthier ingredients that have vitamins and minerals your body needs from foods like proteins, vegetables, fruits and grains. You’ll stay fuller much longer.

Now, what’s real food? Think foods that haven’t been highly processed.

For example, instead of eating a blueberry pastry, eat blueberries and whole wheat toast. Or try eating an apple instead of drinking apple juice.

Just remember it’s important to pay attention to where those calories are coming from because all calories are not created equal.

The next myth is that skipping meals will help you lose weight. Now while, this may seem to make sense, it is in fact the exact opposite of how your body works. Your body is like a complex system with a mind of its own.

If it’s not getting fuel – otherwise known as food – and doesn’t know when its next meal will be, your body will hold onto calories instead of burning them. This is called starvation mode.

So, remember, you must eat often to help keep your body burning calories and running properly.

Have you heard of the term metabolism? It’s our body’s process of converting what we eat into the energy we need to survive and function.

A fast metabolism burns calories quickly, while a slow metabolism needs fewer calories to keep the body running.

When it comes to metabolism and your body’s energy, just remember you have to fuel it or you’ll lose it.

So, whether you’re on a journey to lose weight or not, eat breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day because it jump-starts your metabolism.

Now that you know the truth behind these common weight loss myths, you can make better choices when making meals and snacks for you and your family.

Remember:

It’s important to know what kinds of food your calories come from, and

Skipping meals will not help you lose weight.

Eat small, eat often and eat “real food” to help fuel your body.

Please check with your health care provider before beginning any weight loss program.

All the best on your weight loss journey!

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