The 3 Biggest Diet Myths Keeping Australians Fat

In Health and Nutrition by Rachel Smith2 Comments

I believe one of the leading causes of obesity in 60% of Australian adults is that they take nutrition advice from Facebook, gossip magazines and TV shows that are simply inaccurate and often cause more harm then good.

This article aims to save you years of hard work and heartache by crushing 3 of the biggest Diet Myths I see every day.

Myth 1: Eating fat makes you fat

Subcutaneous fat is the soft pudgy stuff that is stored under our skin that we all dislike and wish to get rid of, therefore it would seem logical that eating fat in our diets would give us more of this stored fat. This however, is far from the truth, and it depends entirely on the context.

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. A diet that is high in fat but low in carbs has been demonstrated as the most effective means of achieving weight loss when compared to simply low-fat diets, even when total calories are restricted.

Myth 2: High protein diets increase strain on the kidneys

Although it is true that people with pre-existing kidney disease should cut back on protein, this is absolutely not true for the general healthy population.

Latest research shows no detrimental effect on health from high protein diets; in fact, a higher protein intake has been shown to lower blood pressure and helps fight type 2 diabetes that are coincidentally two of the main risk factors for kidney failure. Higher protein diets have also been attributed to reducing appetite and thus supporting weight loss.

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Myth 3: All calories are created equal

This popular Myth suggests that the body treats all calories consumed equally; regardless of weather they come from carbs, protein or fat, which is 100% false. The different macronutrients that make up foods each go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on the body’s ability to burn fat for energy, the production of hormones and the regulation of appetite.

For example, several studies have shown that a diet that is high in protein when 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 rather than your total calories consumed if you wish to be successful in achieving your desired health and fitness goals.


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Rachel Smith

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Rachel comes to you with a Physiotherapy degree and has an extensive understanding of the human body, both anatomically and physiologically. It is her firm belief that calorie counting and reduction is the WORST way to lose weight in the long term, and that the human body can consume many healthy calories without gaining weight. Rachel has a history of being involved in physical activity for much of her life, including gymnastics, olympic weightlifting, and karate. Rachel gets you started on your challenge by discussing goals and your current position, and any other concerns.