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5. Overeating

Who says? Weight loss coach Victoria Morrison

The gripe: Eating healthily or clean often causes a counterproductive halo effect according to Morrison. When clients consume few processed, junky foods and emphasise fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lean protein sources, they often make the mistake of believing they can eat as much as they like and still lose weight. The reality is that a calorie surplus, even if it is in healthy foods, will cause weight gain or impede weight loss. Nuts and seeds are particularly high in kJs – despite containing healthy fats and filling protein.

The correction: Achieve a moderate calorie reduction by downsizing portions and increasing energy expenditure through exercise. Morrison says the logical outlawing of 'fattening' foods is a trap that sets you up to swing wildly between deprivation and overdoing it. "No food is forbidden unless your taste buds tell you that's how it's going to be!" To lose weight, aim for a realistic daily calorie deficit of 20 to 30 per cent. Ample room for a Tim