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The 3 Biggest Lies about Dieting Keeping Australians Fat

One of the the leading causes I believe of obesity in 60% of Australian adults is that they keep taking trending nutritional advice from social media platforms like facebook and Instagram, gossip magazines and Tv shows that are simply inaccurate and often does more harm than good. This blog takes aim to your years of hard work and heart ache by crushing 3 of the biggest diet lies I see every day.

One of the the leading causes I believe of obesity in 60% of Australian adults is that they keep taking trending nutritional advice from social media platforms like facebook and Instagram
Lie # 1: All calories are created equal.

This popular lie suggests the body treats all calories consumed equally; regardless of whether they come from carbs, proteins of fats, which is 100% false! There are different metabolic pathways that the macronutrients in our foods go through and they have varying effects on the body’s ability to burn fat for energy, produce hormones as well as regulate our appetite. For example, several studies have shown that a diet that is high in protein compared to a lower protein and higher carbohydrate diet shows an increased metabolic rate by up to 100 calories per day and can significantly reduce appetite. It is therefore more important to track your macronutrients as well as calories rather than calories only if you wish to be successful in achieving your desired health and fitness goals

Lie # 2: Eating fat makes you fat.

Subcutaneous fat is the soft and squishy fat that we all dislike and want to get rid of, therefore it would seem logical that having fat in our diets would make us store more of this kind of fat. For example, diets that are high in fat as well as carbohydrates have been shown to increase stored body fat, but this isn’t entirely the fault of the fat. Diets high in fat but low in carbs have been demonstrated as the most effective means of achieving weight loss when compared to low-fat diets, even when total calories are restricted.

Lie # 3: High protein diets increase strain on the kidneys.

Although it is true that you should cut back on your protein if you have a pre-existing kidney condition, this is absolutely not true for the general healthy population. The latest research shows that there is no detrimental effect to the health from high protein diets, in fact, a higher protein intake has been shwon to lower blood pressure and help fight condititons like type 2 diabetes which happen to be two of the main risk factors in regards to kidney failure. Diets high in protein hace also been attributed to reducing appetite and thus supporting weight loss.