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Will following Canada’s Food Guide cause you to gain weight?

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Myth 4: You’ll gain weight if you follow Canada’s Food Guide – it recommends too much food.
What Dietitians of Canada says:
“You may need to choose more or less food depending on your individual needs such as your physical activity level… Enjoy healthy choices from each food group in the amount that is right for you.”
What I say:
I’ve heard this myth a fair number of times. I have to admit, that I wondered if there was something to it. I did the math, which admittedly will vary based on the foods chosen (I tried to chose low-fat but realistic options), and came up with 1631 calories for my day of food intake. I also chose the smallest number of servings, when a range was given, as I’m a relatively small person. That’s really not a whole lot. Pretending I’m only “somewhat active” my estimated daily caloric needs are about 1700. So, following Canada’s Food Guide, I even have some “discretionary” calories! So, I do think that this myth is really a myth. But… I have many other reasons to dislike the Food Guide (check out previous ranting) and I don’t like the way that Dietitians of Canada goes about dispelling the myth. The Food Guide is simply that, a guide, it’s not going to work for everyone but it’s a starting point if (as sadly many people are) you’re completely clueless about healthy eating. Maybe I’m reading too much in between the lines but the way that DC goes about dispelling this myth kind of leaves me with the impression that they think there is some truth in the myth and they just don’t have the guts to stand-up to Health Canada and say so.

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people see food and nutrition from a different perspective and understand that nutrition and health are not necessarily a result of personal choice.

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