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Embarking on a weight loss journey can be overwhelming, especially with the abundance of misinformation out there. 

I want to help all of you avoid getting trapped in these trending diet fads and health misconceptions that may cause you more harm and frustration than good. 

It’s time to set the record straight and debunk those misleading weight loss myths. 

In this blog, we’ll reveal the truth behind five common misconceptions, helping you make better choices and achieve sustainable weight loss.


A Low-Calorie Diet is the Best Way to Lose Weight 

We’ve all heard that eating fewer calories is the secret to shedding pounds, but here’s the reality: our bodies are unique, and a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work. 

Drastically slashing calories can actually do more harm than good.  Many of these diets suggest consuming below 1,500-2,000 calories daily, which is simply not enough for some of us. 

Extremely low-calorie diets can slow our metabolism and throw our bodies off balance. 

Rather than subjecting ourselves to such extremes, let’s aim for a more balanced approach. 

Be sure to fill your plate with nutrient-dense foods such as:

  • colorful fruits 
  • vegetables
  • bioavailable protein (yep, I mean animal products!)
  • saturated fat

 This way, you’ll nourish your body and support healthy weight loss.

Remember: Nourish your body, don’t starve it!


More Exercise Equals More Weight Loss 


Exercise is fantastic for our overall health, but the idea that more is always better for weight loss is a myth we need to dispel. 

Quality beats quantity when it comes to exercise. It’s not about how many hours you spend at the gym, but rather finding activities you enjoy and making movement a part of your daily routine. Our body was made to move!

Putting excessive stress on our bodies through intense workouts, especially while being in a calorie deficit, can backfire. Our bodies need fuel to perform optimally during exercise. 

People tend to get into this almost obsessive mindset that every time they consume calories, they immediately feel the need to up their workout routine to burn as many calories as possible. If that plan fails, they can feel almost guilty for eating, which is definitely unhealthy!

Instead of obsessing over burning calories, let’s shift our mindset. Exercise is an opportunity to have fun, release those feel-good endorphins, and improve your overall well-being.


Eating Healthy is Too Expensive

It’s a common misconception that eating healthy means breaking the bank. 

Sure, fast food may appear cheap and convenient, but it often lacks the essential nutrients our bodies crave. Planning and creativity allow you to enjoy nutritious meals without draining your wallet.

Thrifty Tips for Nourishing Your Body

Start by embracing seasonal produce. Not only is it more affordable, but it’s also bursting with flavor.

Plan your weekly meals, making a shopping list to avoid impulse purchases. 

Buying in bulk and utilizing cost-effective protein sources like bone-in cuts (chicken legs and thighs or whole chickens), farm shares, and organ meats can save you money while delivering the nutrition you need.

Remember, you don’t have to sacrifice taste or variety to eat healthily on a budget.

The internet is filled with budget-friendly recipes online, or you can get inspired by cooking shows. With a pinch of creativity and a dash of resourcefulness, you can simultaneously nourish your body and wallet. Check out 5 free impactful things you can do for your health here! 


Carbohydrates are Bad for Weight Loss 


Carbohydrates have received an unfair reputation in weight loss, but it’s time to set the record straight. Carbs are not the enemy! They are crucial for our bodies’ proper functioning and energy levels. Choose the right kinds of carbs.

Whole carbohydrates in whole grains, fruits, starchy vegetables, and honey provide essential nutrients, fiber, and sustained energy. They play a vital role in a balanced diet. 

Refined carbs, on the other hand, found in processed foods like ultra-processed snacks and white bread, offer little nutritional value and can hinder weight loss efforts.

Let’s celebrate the power of carbs by including quinoa, rice, homemade sourdough bread, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squash. Fill our plates with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, savoring their natural sweetness. 

By choosing wholesome, unprocessed carbohydrates, we can fuel our bodies while working towards our weight loss goals.

Myth #5

 Sugar is the Enemy 


Sugar, another demonized carb, often gets a bad rap, but it’s not the enemy we think it is. 

Our bodies need sugars from whole foods to function optimally. Natural sugars in fruits, vegetables, and even natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey are part of a healthy diet. 

It’s the added sugars that we need to be mindful of.

Added sugars in processed foods and sugary beverages can contribute to weight gain, energy crashes, and increased risk of chronic diseases. 

The key is moderation and making smarter choices.

Indulge in the natural sweetness of fresh fruits. Try incorporating natural sweeteners like pure honey or maple syrup in your recipes for a healthier twist.

Be vigilant about hidden sugars by reading ingredient labels, and opt for homemade meals whenever possible, giving you more control over your sugar intake.

By embracing a balanced approach to sugar, we can still enjoy the pleasures of sweetness while working towards our weight loss goals. 

Be Successful In Your Weight Loss Journey

I hope this has helped clear up these weight loss myths that may have hindered or frustrated your weight loss journey.

Remember, weight loss is a personal and unique experience. Focus on sustainable habits, such as a balanced diet, enjoyable physical activity, and overall well-being. 

By discarding these myths, you can confidently navigate your weight loss journey, embracing a sustainable and friendly approach to achieving your goals and living a healthier, happier life.

My latest podcast discusses in more depth why these “health tips” can be identified as myths.

Hey there, I’m Kari!

As a Pharmacist and Integrative Health Practitioner, I get the privilege of working with women who are struggling with fatigue, poor sleep, painful cycles, digestive issues, and irritability- all of which have become their norm. And they are struggling just to keep up, simply wanting their health back.

I know what it’s like to feel frustrated and left with the same issues, even after spending time, energy & money thinking I’d found the answer.

With the right support, a proven method, and the Lord as our guide, let’s get your health back so you can run the race set before you with perseverance and joy.

So thankful you found your way here! 

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