Weight Loss Myths ~ Busted!

Updated: Dec 21, 2021

Weight loss advice is so common now. There are too many weight loss myths out there. I’m going to tackle the top ones I come across in my practice.

Myth: Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss

Calories are important for weight loss. If you eat and absorb a ton more than you use, then your body’s wisdom will store some for later. Calories matter.... a little.

But, they are not the “be-all and end-all" of weight loss; they're important, but they're the symptom, not the cause.

Let's think about the reasons people eat more calories. Let's focus on the causes.

People eat too many calories because they are not getting what they need from food, Nutrient.

Myth: “Eat less move more” is good advice

Well, then we're all in tip-top shape, right? Because people have been doling out this advice for years.

The premise of this is based on the above myth that calories in minus calories out equal your weight. So, eat fewer calories, and burn off more calories because human physiology is a simple math equation, right?.

Even if people can happily and sustainably follow this advice, which they can’t!; it completely negates other factors that contribute to weight problems. Things like the causes of overeating we mentioned above.

Myth: A calorie is a calorie

Can we please put this one to bed already?

Science has confirmed several caloric components of food differ from others. For example, the “thermic effect of food” (TEF) is that some nutrients require calories to be metabolized. They can slightly increase your metabolism, just by eating them.

For example, when you metabolize protein you burn more calories than when you metabolize carbohydrates. Proteins and carbohydrates both have 4 calories/gram; but, the TEF of protein = 15–30%; and the TEF for carbohydrates = 5–10%.

Here’s another example of a calorie not being a calorie. Different fats are metabolized differently. Medium-chain triglycerides (fats) (MCTs) have the same 9 calories/gram that other fats do; but, they're metabolized by the liver before getting into the bloodstream and therefore aren't utilized or stored the same way as other fats.

Myth: Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight

There is no magic pill for weight loss. There is no magic supplement, tea, food, or other potion that will do the trick.

There are products that make these claims, and they're full of garbage marketing. The only thing you will lose is your money and possibly your hope.

So, please don’t believe this myth. There is a reason most people who lose weight can’t keep it off. The real magic is in adopting a sustainable holistic and healthy approach to living your life. What you need is a long-term lifestyle makeover, not a product.


Weight loss is hard! There are too many people out there trying to make it sound like they have the simple solution or the latest and greatest!.

Don’t fall for the myths that say:

  • Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss.

  • “Eat less move more”

  • A calorie is a calorie

  • Buy this supplement/tea/food/magic potion to lose weight.

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