Wednesday 23 January 2019

Real Health Podcast: Debunking the myths about fat loss, diet and supplements with dietitian Orla Walsh

Karl Henry with dietitian Orla Walsh
Karl Henry with dietitian Orla Walsh
Karl Henry

Karl Henry

It’s a topic that seems to be everywhere and it’s the fitness industry’s biggest push – fat loss and the magical way to do it.  There’s a lot of myths out there and there are practical tips that do work, but the reality is there are no quick fixes.

Dietitian Orla Walsh joins me on this week’s show to debunk the common myths around fat loss and gives us her top five tips for actually losing weight.

“People are promoting quick solutions which don’t work and usually mean you’re losing water and/or muscle and not fat,” she says.  “It does take time and there’s no quick fix.”

It’s not just pure diet or cardio either, you need to be using your muscles as well, and you need to be looking at a combination of food, cardio and resistance training.

“The most important thing is that you don’t have free rein in the evening,” explains Orla.  “It’s evening eating that is making people overweight - it’s when they’re munching on food they don’t need.  Have a rule that you don’t eat after dinner in the evening.”

As for her top five tips for losing body fat, Orla says don’t focus on the scales, look out for your blindspots, have equal meal sizes and find alternative rewards to food. 

‘Stop rewarding yourself with food, you’re not a dog!’ she tells Real Health listeners and make you sure listen out for her one minute exercise for rewards, comforts and energisers. 

Keep sending your questions in to me via email realhealth@independent.ie or contact Karl on Twitter @karlhenrypt.

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