Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • June 2018
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Five food myths that keep us fat and sick

When it comes to our weight and health, there’s a ton of advice out there. And the problem is, most of it is terrible, outdated and scientifically disproven. Those who believe it are getting in their own way of their best health! If what you’re doing isn’t working, it isn’t right for you. Here are five of the top common food myths that people are falling for:

1. Genetics. “I have bad genes.” You may think if your mom is fat and your grandma is fat, that’s why you are fat. You drew the fat card or the diabetes card in the genetic lottery. But the truth is there are 32 genes associated with obesity in the general population and they only account for nine percent of obesity cases. So even if you had all 32 obesity genes, you would put on only about 22 pounds. Our genes don’t change that fast. What changed is we went from eating about 10 pounds of sugar per person per year in 1800 to 152 pounds of sugar (and 146 pounds of flour) per person per year today. Those are drugs, doses of sugar and flour that hijack our metabolism and make us fat and sick. The truth is that obesity is caused by all kinds of factors, but the least of them is genetics.

2. Starvation is the only way to lose weight. You do NOT have to starve to lose weight! In fact, that’s one thing that my clients love to learn about. They don’t go hungry when eating real whole food. In fact, when you balance your hormones and insulin by eating the right combination of proteins, healthy fats, the right carbs (low glycemic) and phytonutrients, you can not only lose weight without starving, you can lose weight without craving all the junk that was making you fat!

3. Calories in, calories out. The idea that as long as we burn more calories than we consume, we will lose weight, is completely dead wrong. Just eat less and exercise more is the mantra we hear from the food industry and government agencies. It’s all about moderation we keep hearing, but how is that working for America? Our nation is becoming sicker as each year goes by. The truth is there are more people focusing on counting calories versus simply counting chemicals in their food.

4. Exercise is the key to weight loss. If you think you can exercise your way to weight loss, I am sorry to say you are in for a big disappointment. Relying on exercise to lose weight without changing your diet is asking for failure. You can change your diet and lose weight, but if you exercise and keep your diet the same, you may gain some muscle, improve endurance and be healthier overall, but you won’t shed many pounds. The simple fact is that you cannot exercise your way out of a bad diet.

5. Eating fat makes you fat. Eating fat not only doesn’t make you fat, it’s critical to health and weight loss. Studies comparing an identical calorie high fat diet to a high sugar diet had totally different effects on metabolism. The higher fat diet caused people to burn an extra 300 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of running for an hour without doing any exercise. Fat speeds up your metabolism. Sugar slows it down.

If you feel like you’re doing everything right but not seeing results, then you are not eating “right” for you no matter what you think. The operative phrase is “for you.” We need to give up the idea that there is one right way, and embrace the discovery process of finding what works for you. As a clinical nutritionist, I help people get back to their best health through their own unique journey. Once people determine the underlying factors holding them back from their best weight and health goals, then it is a matter of “when” not “if” it will work. 

Kim Stoeger, MS, Clinical Nutritionist

Kimberly Stoeger, MS, is the clinical nutritionist and owner of Nutritional Healing, LLC. Her passion lies in supporting people’s health through evidence-based medicine (risks versus benefits of medications) and healing therapies through nutrition. Kimberly has her masters of science in human nutrition degree, and experience working with clients regarding weight and fatigue issues, sports nutrition, food sensitivities and allergies, and general health concerns such as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, high cholesterol/triglycerides, migraines, thyroid conditions and gut dysfunction. To learn more, call 920-358-5764 or email [email protected]

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