Nutritionist and mother-of-four busts the top 10 weight loss myths – and reveals how to get the ultimate six-pack like her
- Sophie Guidolin, 29, is an Australian personal trainer and qualified nutritionist
- She shared with FEMAIL the top 10 most common myths for weight loss
- The mother-of-four also revealed her tips for getting fit and healthy
If you have been unsuccessful in trying to lose weight, you might be falling victim to the many myths and misconceptions surrounding exercise and nutrition.
So to help people understand what truly enables you to lose weight and get fit, Australian nutritionist and personal trainer, Sophie Guidolin, 29, has busted the top 10 weight loss myths.
Myth 1: Cut carbs to lose weight
‘Your body needs carbs for energy and so many physical processes – your brain needs the glucose from carbs to function effectively,’ Sophie said.
‘I eat carbs every single day – the right balance of carbs, proteins and fats is critical to achieving your ideal body composition.’
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Australian nutritionist and personal trainer, Sophie Guidolin (pictured) has busted the top 10 weight loss myths
Myth 2 – You need to give up nights out and restaurant meals
Sticking to a healthy eating plan all week can be difficult when you have plenty of social events on. However, eating out doesn’t necessarily mean you will overindulge in too many calories.
‘I love food and love the social aspect of eating with friends and family,’ Sophie said.
‘Locking yourself at home with a bowl of chicken and broccoli is a fast track to a blowout. Treat yourself and truly enjoy it,’ she added.
‘Just track what you’re eating as well as you can, and get straight back to routine for your next meal.’
The mother-of-four said she enjoys weight lifting as it helps you achieve a feminine and lean physique
‘I eat carbs every single day – the right balance of carbs, proteins and fats is critical to achieving your ideal body composition,’ she said
Myth 3: You need to do cardio to lose the weight
Endless running or walking sessions on the treadmill at the gym doesn’t guarantee you will lose weight quickly.
‘I won my IFBB Bikini Pro Card without grinding out hours on the treadmill – or doing any typical cardio at all,’ Sophie explained.
‘Weight lifting can achieve a feminine, lean physique and if you don’t believe weights get your heart going, try doing multiple sets of squats with minimal rest. In fact, weight training burns more calories over a 24-hour period than steady state cardio does.’
Myth 4: A vegan diet will help you lose weight fast
‘There is no silver bullet to losing weight fast – you can still gain weight on a vegan diet (or paleo, gluten-free, organic or whatever the latest hype is),’ Sophie said.
‘If your macros are off, you won’t achieve the body composition you want. Vegan diets in particular can make it hard to hit your protein target, while carbs and fats might easily go over.
‘There is no silver bullet to losing weight fast – you can still gain weight on a vegan diet (or paleo, gluten-free, organic or whatever the latest hype is),’ Sophie said
‘I followed a vegan diet for a week and vlogged about my experience. If you want to live a vegan lifestyle and are aiming to lose weight too, be sure to track your macros and plan out your day in advance.’
Myth 5: I blew it at lunch so I may as well start again on Monday
According to Sophie, one meal won’t make you lose weight – and it won’t make you gain weight either.
‘However a whole weekend of bingeing in readiness for ”Start Again Monday” can turn one indulgence into thousands of calories over your daily energy requirement,’ she said.
‘If you blowout, own it, understand why you did it, and get straight back onto your plan.’
Myth 6: Fill up on as many veggies as you want
‘You need to be mindful that veggies still contain calories and carbs, and increasing your fibre content through increased vegetables could actually make you bloated initially as your body adapts,’ Sophie told FEMAIL.
‘Veggies are brilliant and the base of every meal I make – but I still monitor my intake against my goals.’
Sophie said she doesn’t diet to achieve her enviable figure. Instead she focuses on eating the right combination of protein, fat and carbs and exercising
Myth 7: It’s unsustainable
Many people think that once they embark on a food and fitness plan it won’t be sustainable in the long-term.
Sophie said people need to think less about dieting and more about adopting a healthy lifestyle.
‘We don’t diet – because diets have end points. We live a healthy, sustainable lifestyle that allows me to eat my favourite foods every day while still achieving my goals, because I track my macros and am mindful about what I eat,’ she said.
‘I can eat out, enjoy a burger with the kids, travel and not deviate from my plan.’
Myth 8: I’ll have to make different food for my family
Busy parents often feel like they have to eat a different meal to the rest of their family, but Sophie said that this isn’t true.
‘Achieving a healthy weight, gaining lean muscle and increasing strength can all build body confidence and energy,’ Sophie said
‘I have a family of six and we all eat the same food. My husband Nathan has larger portions, my two-year old girls split a single portion, and my boys love cooking healthy meals with me,’ she said.
‘We write our meal plan in advance, do meal prep Sundays to start the week organised and plan our food around our physical needs.’
Myth 9: I’m too old/injured/busy to lose weight
‘It’s never too late,’ she said. ‘If achieving a healthier body is important to you, you’ll make time, make modifications for your abilities, and make it a priority.
‘See a personal trainer or physical therapist if you need guidance on technique to prevent injury,’ Sophie advised.
Myth 10: Losing weight will make me happy
Sophie said it’s important for people to understand that their life doesn’t begin at their perfect weight.
‘You won’t instantly become happier if you weigh less. But nourishing your body with whole foods, releasing endorphins through a sweat sesh and pushing yourself harder than you thought possible are all incredibly empowering,’ she said.
‘Achieving a healthy weight, gaining lean muscle and increasing strength can all build body confidence and energy. And when you’re proud of your body and what it can do, you can be happier within your skin.’
Sophie shares her fitness tips and advice on her website and is the founder of fitness and nutrition program, THE BOD.
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