You don’t have to give up your favourite foods to lose weight, says fitness coach Theresa Jenn Lopetrone.

Having been overweight, Theresa Jenn Lopetrone (pictured) empathises with women who feel the only path to being good enough is slavishly following prescribed – often extreme and punitive – formulas.

“Our industry has gone far in the wrong direction but now it’s time to re-teach and redefine what makes women healthy and fit and it comes down to how we feel/perform and how balanced and happy our mind is,” she says.

We caught up with Lopetrone for a crash course in maintaining the balance and the body. Here are 7 diet myths she disproved:

1. You have to give up alcohol
You don’t have to give up wine or your fav cocktail in order to meet your goals but you do need to keep in mind that alcohol needs to be consumed in moderation just like other treats. If your alcohol isn’t consumed in moderation, you will run up major calories and end up craving unnecessary munchies. With having more drinks than you need you run the risk of overeating, racking up extra calories, and not feeling your best the next day, which will more than likely lead to excusing yourself from the gym.

The same goes for sweets. I take great pleasure in mindfully eating chocolate and cake. I don’t eat them every day, but there’s no reason you can’t have one serving on the weekend if you’ve been consistent with eating clean and active all week long. The key is to plan what treat you want and what day you will eat your treat. If other temptation comes along it’s easier to turn it down because you already have a plan of when you will enjoy your dessert. Also, I think it’s important to eat treats like this mindfully and really be present with what you are eating so you can fully enjoy it and feel satisfied.