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Diet Myths Busted!

Steven and Chris are totally committed to Live Right Now and helping Canadians achieve their weight loss goals in the MILLION POUND CHALLENGE!!!

In an effort to help us stay on track, Dr. Ali came by the studio to clear up some very common diet misconceptions.


1. TRUE or FALSE: Diets work.

TRUE & FALSE.  Any time you cut your caloric intake, you will lose weight. Unfortunately, crash diets often starve your body of essential nutrients. Furthermore, every time you diet, you slow your metabolism so the moment you return to a normal diet, the weight typically comes right back.

The best way to lose weight is to make manageable diet and lifestyle changes that can be maintained in the long-term.  

2. TRUE or FALSE:  You should eat five small meals per day.

There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Ultimately, it doesn't matter if you consume three or five meals, what matters is the number of calories you're consuming in those meals.

The only exception to this rule is breakfast. Studies show that people who eat breakfast have far more success achieving their weight loss goals than those that don't.

3. TRUE or FALSE:  You should avoid fats if you want to lose weight.

FALSE. While it's true that fats contain more than twice the calories than carbs or protein, they tend to keep you feeling fuller longer. Eliminating fat from your diet can actually sabotage your weight loss efforts.

4. TRUE or FALSE: Exercise alone is enough to help you torch pounds.

FALSE. Exercise is absolutely essential for a healthy heart and longevity, but doesn't make a huge impact on weight loss. Most people overestimate calories burned through exercise and underestimate calories consumed.

5. TRUE or FALSE:  Dieters should not eat after 7pm.

FALSE: Honestly, calories don't really know what time it is. The problem is that most people that 'snack' in the evenings choose unhealthy options like potato chips or chocolate to munch on. If you prefer eating later in the evening, be sure you're making good food choices. The truth is, calories don't know what time it is.  

6. TRUE or FALSE: Drinking 8 glasses of water per day will help you shed pounds.

FALSE. There is no evidence to suggest that water helps with weight loss. The idea that water can help you feel fuller is actually a myth. Your thirst mechanism works differently from your hunger mechanism.  


Know your food economy. 

It is important that you know how many calories your body requires based on your age, height, weight, activity level and your weight loss goals. Furthermore, being aware of calories is absolutely essential for making better food choices. Try an online calorie counter to help you with this.

Establish your food rules.

Everyone needs to create a set of rules that they use to manage their relationship with food.  Eating breakfast every day or only eating out once a week are examples of food rules that can help you reach your weight loss goals. Be sure to write them down to keep you on track.

Exercise is hugely important but it's not for weight loss.

Exercise has countless benefits for your health but is not the secret to weight loss.  

Accountability is essential. 

Tell others about your goal or join a support group. Sharing your goal with individual or a group will help keep you on track.


Willpower is key to success in weight loss.  If you fail today, try again tomorrow and the next day and the next day.  Don't give up on achieving your goal!

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