There are many myths about fat loss out there that could derail you before you even begin.
Recognizing what they are can go a long way toward helping you reach your own fat loss goals. Here are 5 myths about losing fat you need to ignore.
1. Diets Don’t Work
Sure they do!
Practically all diets work, at least in the short term. And diets should only be for the short term.
You can take off the excess weight pretty quickly with an effective diet.
But you KEEP the weight off with a LIFESTYLE change!
People go on a diet, lose weight, and go back to what they were doing before, which is how they added all that extra fat in the first place.
Then they blame the diet for not working. It’s not the diet, it’s the lifestyle!
2. Going Extremely Low-Calorie is Bad
Going very low calorie, and even outright fasting, can be an extremely effective way to lose weight quickly, as you get a bigger calorie deficit and force the body to burn fat for energy.
But it has to be done the right way.
You can’t go extremely low-calorie for a long stretch at a time, maybe just a few days here and there to kickstart the metabolism.
3. I Just Want To Tone Up
I’ve always hated this one. There is no such thing as getting toned. You can build muscle and you can burn fat. That’s it.
What most people call toning up is burning away fat while preserving lean muscle. You don’t want to lose muscle along with the fat or you’ll just be a smaller version of your fat self, or what we call skinny fat.
4. Light-Weight High-Rep Training Is The Best Way To Burn Fat
It can be effective, if done correctly. But if you don’t work hard, you won’t see results.
The BEST training style for fat-loss is a mix of heavier training, to preserve mass and strength, and lighter, high-rep training that focuses on Lactic Acid accumulation.
When Lactic Acid accumulates in the body, this changes the acidity (the pH) in the bloodstream. Your body reacts to this by secreting Growth Hormone, which is a potent fat-burning and muscle-preserving hormone.
5. You Can Never Eat Your Favorite Foods Again
Just not true.
Of course you can.
Can you eat whatever you want, whenever you want. No, but that doesn’t mean you can never have ice cream, or pizza, or potato chips again.
Keep these five fat loss myths in mind when beginning your weight loss journey and you can get better results from your training and nutrition programs.
Now we’ve busted those common myths, it’s time for figuring out a game plan of just exactly how you’re going to start living a healthier life.
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