What’s really causing you to gain weight? Is exercising a sham? Are fruits and vegetables really good for you?
With so many trendy diets and breakthrough new-age health lifestyles launching everyday, you’ll never know what is actually good for you. But, according to controversial nutritionist Zoe Harcombe, she apparently has the answers in her new book The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How We Can Stop It?
She caught up with the New York Post’s Cynthia R. Fagan to debunk some health-related myths:
Myth: Veggies and fruit are more nutritious than any other food.
Greens are good only if they are slathered in butter in order to deliver the fat-soluble vitamins they contain. Sugar in fruit gets stored as fat in the liver.
"You don’t need to push them on your kids; they are not as nearly as full of vitamins as meat, fish and egg."
Myth: Losing weight is about reducing calories.
"If you cut 500 calories from a 2,000-calorie daily diet, you will lose weight at first." But the body will compensate and turn down its metabolism to reduce energy and use fewer calories.
Myth: Starchy foods should be the main part of our diet.
Pasta, bread and grains turn into sugar in the blood, which is unhealthy. It forces the body to release insulin, which stores fat, in order to get the glucose levels back to normal.
Myth: We should exercise to combat obesity.
"It will only cause you to get hungry, and your body will crave carbohydrates, which causes weight gain." It’s better to walk regularly and control what you eat.
Myth: Fat is a definite no-no.
"Real fat from natural foods is good. Eat only what nature grows."
"Stop grazing and snacking. Go back to eating three good meals a day and manage your carbs if you want to lose weight," Harcombe said.