Complex carbs, such as carrots, are good for you. Picture: Pexels

All carbs are the enemy

Complex carbs are good for you. These include fruits, vegetables, beans, quinoa and oats. These are beneficial for good health because they get absorbed slowly into our systems, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels. Limit your intake of refined carbs such as white bread, white rice and pasta.

I don’t need to exercise to be healthy

South Africa has among the highest rates in the world of chronic disease and obesity due, largely, to deteriorating lifestyles, low levels of physical activity, smoking and diets characterised by processed and sugary foods. 

Studies show that SA women had the highest incidence of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa at 42%. In conjunction with a healthy, balanced diet, daily exercise and physical activity is vital. Walk, jog, hike, work out at the gym or play at home with the kids for at least 30 minutes a day, every day.  

Stress won’t affect my weight

Stress can have a direct impact on weight and may lead to unhealthy eating patterns.

Levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, may rise when one is stressed or anxious, which may result in overeating. Increased levels of the hormone leads to higher insulin levels, causing blood sugar levels to drop and increasing cravings for sugary and fatty foods. Manage stress by relaxing, meditating or consulting a health professional. 


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