Perpetuating myths

Good morning.

Over the last three days, we have assessed the case for removing carbs, fat and protein from the diet based purely on myths.

It doesn’t take too much analysis to see these are not worth worrying about.

But not everyone has, or takes, the time to process these myths when they hear about it.

Instead, it sits in their head for long enough that they assume it’s true.

Even worse, someone with authority (not necessarily knowledge) endorses the sentiment and the myth becomes further engrained.

Rules or catchphrases that can be easily remembered are great.

I talk about the three F’s for energy balance (food, fluid and fitness) and the three B’s of overconsumption (brunch, burgers and beers) with my clients.

But they are only useful in their context, which has to be explained from the onset.

Any time you hear a new rule, or someone attributes their success to one, ask yourself two questions:

  1. How would these rules assist in creating an energy deficit?; and
  2. What might the context of this rule be?

When you look at the myths from a detached position, it’s much easier to decide whether they might hold true or not.

But when you are trying to put together your own weight loss program for an upcoming event, it’s harder to step back and look at the big picture of your approach - you just want the result!

Tom Fitzgerald