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If you are trying to shed a few pounds and are confused about all the different information available everywhere, then rest assured you are not alone! It can be extremely confusing to read so many conflicting views but I'm here to set the record straight! As a registered nutritionist I'm going to share with you some of the greatest myths about losing weight based on the latest scientific research. Ready to be surprise? Read on!

Myth n° 1: the only way to lose weight is to cut out carbs.

Fact: Your body needs carbohydrates to stay healthy. However, the thing that is important is the type of carbohydrate you choose to eat. Carbohydrate-rich foods, such as vegetables (including beans and peas), fruits and wholegrains form the basis of any healthy eating pattern (e.g. the Mediterranean Diet) and play a key role in any weight loss plan. Remember that fibre is a carbohydrate, so if you avoid carbs, your fibre intake will plummet which will in turn result in all sorts of adverse side effects such as constipation and may lead to more serious conditions including diverticulosis, haemorrhoids and even cancer.

Myth n° 2: counting calories is all that matters

It is the belief that if you count calories it doesn't matter what you eat.

Fact: What you eat does matter. Counting calories encourages you to obsess about quantity over quality. For example, if you eat 300 calories worth of doughnuts, then your body simply isn't get the nutrients it needs, not to mention the sugar/fat content which will wreak havoc with your body. Eventually, the quality of your diet will suffer, and so will your health.

The key of course is to stay within an appropriate range of calories for the amount of fuel you’re