MYTH 1. There is a “magical pill” that will make you lose fat, regardless of diet or exercise.
Sorry to burst your bubble, this is about as realistic as the magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk. While there are drugs and supplements available and in development to aid in weight loss, there is no magic cure. Most of the available drugs have long lists of side effects and must be combined with sensible eating and exercise plans in order to be effective. Exercise and Nutrition are essential, supplements are meant to boost results!
MYTH 2. Weight training will only bulk you up.
Resistance exercise tones the body and improves overall fitness. Normal weight training does not build bulky muscles. Getting “bulky” results from a specific type of training and diet. Muscle increases the rate at which fat is burned.
MYTH 3. It’s possible to lose or reduce fat in one specific spot on your body.
Spot reducing does not work. When the body loses fat, it is lost throughout the body. Focusing on one area of the body for exercise may develop better muscle tone in that area making the body part appear tighter and more fit, but it will not remove fat. It is important to exercise the whole body, in a well-balanced fashion; this is the best way to reduce fat. This is why Kettlebells are the most effective tool for shredding fat and building muscle, you add resistance to full body movements.
MYTH 4. Doing cardio & aerobic exercises are the only ways to burn fat.
Doing aerobics, like doing any exercise, is a good way to stay fit and burn some calories. But, it is not substantially better at fat reducing than any other type of exercise. I’m all for people moving and exercising, I just want people to be effective and get the bet results and aerobics alone won’t do that. In fact, weight and resistance training builds more muscle and helps the body to burn fat faster.
MYTH 5. If you get liposuction, you can’t get fat in the same area.
While liposuction does remove fat cells, your body can easily make new fat cells in the same area. Let’s make this perfectly clear, just because you remove some fat from a specific part of your body, doesn’t mean that the source fat production is gone. Fat will always find a home as long as your body is producing it. Liposuction is like a band-aid, it does not take care of the problem. Don’t be lazy, put in some work and really take care of the issue!
MYTH 6. If you don’t eat fat, you can’t get fat.
The body can convert any fuel into fat, as long as it takes in more fuel than it expends in a day. Every calorie we consume is either used by the body or stored, regardless of whether the calorie started as protein, fat or carbohydrate. Nutrition is the foundation of all forms of healthy weight loss.
MYTH 7. Your body is mostly burning fat after 20 minutes of exercise.
The body uses both carbs and fats for energy at all times. Over the course of exercise, the body will burn more fat, but there is no magic 20-minute mark when the body starts burning only fat. I recommend a minimum of 30 – 60 minutes of exercise, at least 3 – 4 times per week.
MYTH 8. Genes and hormones control your fat burning ability more than diet and exercise.
Genetics do have an impact on a person’s ability to burn fat, although the effect is far less than that of diet and exercise. I can’t stress it enough, Nutrition is the foundation. The factors in our control are far more important than those out of our control.
MYTH 9. Eating late at night causes you to gain more fat than eating at other times of the day.
A calorie is a calorie, and a carb is a carb! The body accepts these regardless of the time of day. It is healthier for your digestive system to move and process foods rather than laying down right after eating. It isn’t a bad idea to avoid poor snacking late at night, but a later dinner will not make you fatter than an early one! Food quality and quantity play a large roll in determining your bodies output, performance, and appearance.
MYTH 10. Cellulite is harder to burn than normal fat.
Cellulite is a combination of fat and fluid, close to the upper layers of the skin. The fat in cellulite is no different from any other fat in the body. Eating healthy and exercising is the best way to get rid of cellulite.
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