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7 myths I used to do and believe

So I’ve decided this morning that it is a good thing that everything will eventually come to an end  

Because Love Island will eventually finish 😂

Not to mention the amount of diet tips and theories that I used to believe ( and do)…

That eventually came to an end…

Even whilst at University. The worst part? Some of the stuff was actually being taught to us.

On the basis that: ‘if it is written in a textbook, it must be true”, regardless of who interpreted it and how they did it. 

Just like some people enjoy a bit of Love Island with their vino on an evening…

And others don’t..

Anyway, I thought I’d share these 7 ‘myths’ that I actually believed and did with you as they will actually feature in my presentation I give to postgraduate students next month at Oxford Brookes University where I will be lecturing and sharing some real life scenarios and conversations that they may have to encounter:

1)  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – 

Well, actually, skipping breakfast could actually help you lose weight…and give you more flexibility to enjoy your food in the evening when you finally sit down…

And this is something I find to be quite common with many of the ladies I work with, mainly because they’re either not hungry in the morning or so busy that they just grab anything, thinking that something is better than nothing.

If you like breakfast, eat breakfast. If you’re not hungry until mid morning? Why not have your breakfast then? It’s simply a personalised choice that makes it easier to create a calorie deficit. Whether you have brekkie or not, just ask yourself: does it help me get in a calorie deficit and control my food intake over the day?

2) Eating after 6pm will make you fat –

I used to think that because you’re less active in the evening (hanky panky excluded. Pre baby, of course 😉) that anything you eat is more likely to be stored as fat.

Truth is, you are burning and storing fat all day. It doesn’t matter when you eat. It’s simply down to personal preference AKA what’s the best times to eat to help you curb hunger and control your food intake over the day?

3) Carbs make you fat –

It does make sense. Carbs turn into sugar and sugar can be converted into fat. But EXCESS energy can be stored as fat, be it from carbs, fats, protein or even broccoli

4) You can eat as much as you want if it’s ‘healthy’ –

Avocados, nuts, seeds, peanut butter…I could go on. Super healthy, right? Help yourself, I once thought. 

And where I had quite a poor relationship with food, these so-called healthy foods meant I had less guilt about overeating on them.

BUT…just because they are healthy, they still contain fats, sugars and calories, which can make you gain weight in EXCESS.

5) You have to give up the foods you crave –

Feed the cravings once in a while. If it stops you having your head in the biscuit tin? This can only be a good thing. 

Now, that said, depending on where you are with your relationship with food, it may be that for a period of time you – at least – remove certain foods out of your house. 

6) Going gluten free helps you lose weight –

This CAN help you lose weight. But it’s usually because you give up bread and pasta and starting eating more protein and veggies…not because of the gluten .

And if you start having gluten free breads, cakes and chocolate brownies (now available gluten free in Costa…) your chances of overeating and gaining weight will probably go up…

In fact, because I have an allergy to gluten, when I eat it, I can’t put on ANY weight. Sounds good, but I’m literally spending my life sitting on the toilet 💩 I absorb no food and have ZERO energy.

7) Weight loss is all willpower –

There’s no doubt there is some willpower involved. 

But do we rely too much on willpower because we don’t know WHY we are doing it in the first place?

For you? For your kids? Your health? Confidence? Wearing the clothes you want to wear again?

Do you take on soooo much at once, forgetting that just adding in ONE new habit today will get you closer to your health and fitness goals?

It’s why if you maintain your weight loss for more than 12 months, it becomes easier…

Because you’ve practiced the required action (perhaps with the support of others to help you stay motivated) and created simple habits that you do – almost – AUTOMATICALLY 

^^^ And it is THIS that probably explains why we get such great results in our Fit For Life Body Transformation Programme. 

No potions, pills or magic wands.

Just support from like-minded ladies, a personalised fitness and food plan that is fit for your lifestyle, and accountability to make sure that you do the things you know you need to do to get the results you want.

Matt ‘better than Love Island’ Fruci