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It’s understandable. With the sheer wealth of information out there, it’s hard to weed out the truth from the fake news (sorry).
Never fear though, we’re here to help. When it comes to weight loss, what is and isn’t true?
Here’s what you need to know:

Myth one: Low-Fat is better

Omelette stuffed with spinach and cheese for a breakfast.

Shocker right? But this isn’t true. Full-fat is the best fat. With full fat, you get full nutrients, all the calcium, all the protein, all the flavour, and best of all, because you get all the nutrients, it’s typically harder for you to have more than you need. With reduced fat or no fat, there’s usually something in there overcompensating; something like sugar for example; and typically, you’re able to have a whole lot more than you need before you start to feel full.

Myth two: Exercise is all you need to lose weight

Fitness woman skipping with a jump rope outdoors. Female doing fitness training in morning.

Nope. The truth is that the main benefits of exercise are that it helps you to be build more muscle and develop good stamina and posture. While exercise does help to boost your metabolism so that you burn energy faster, eating is where the power to change your weight lies. If you’re eating the right portion sizes and you’re eating regular, well-balanced (carbs, fat, and protein) meals (add your information to the Lifesum app to get portion sizes that are tailored to you!), the weight should start to shift, and exercise well definitely improve the kind of results you get.

Myth three: Weight loss has to suck to be effective

This couldn’t be more wrong! If it’s going to be effective it HAS to be sustainable as realistic. If it sucks to do it you won’t keep it up, and if it’s too drastic then once you reach your goal weight and return to normal you’ll go back your previous size. Make it fun! Set yourself weekly challenges, see what your friends are doing and compete against them, try new recipes and exciting new workouts, develop a rhythm and make it a part of your life – not only will you stick with it, but it will work! And Lifesum is here to help, you can do a whole host of these things through the app – so download it today and challenge your friends – find out who can work up the most steps in a week!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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