Today, misconceptions about nutrition are rampant. With so many health "experts" and health influencers spewing different ideas, it's hard to know which recommendation to follow. Liz Kennard, Registered Dietitian at Beaumont Health says, "There is no right answer for every person. Nutrition is highly individualized and is based on a variety of factors including genetics, lifestyle and personal preferences."
Liz is on a mission to challenge the myths that continue to misguide our notions on health and nutrition.
A common myth Mrs. Kennard wants to challenge is the practice of equating obesity with "unhealthy". The idea of a person being unhealthy solely because of their weight is ill informed. "Too much time is spent talking about obesity! We can be healthy at any size", she asserts.
The most common method people choose to lose weight is through dieting. Research shows that up to 95% of people who try to lose weight will not succeed long-term even when the diet is maintained. "Rules should be discarded in favor of having an even playing ground for all foods. All foods can fit into a healthy diet when we practice the principles of balance, variety and moderation." Liz suggests practicing "mindful eating". Be fully aware of what you eat, when you're truly hungry and stopping when you're satisfied and not uncomfortable.
Informing people to simply lose weight is harmful because it does not work for most people. Let's not focus on eating to lose, but on eating to gain: gain more time with our families, our friends and more importantly, ourselves. By remaining focused and eating with purpose, you can be healthy at any size.