5 Fat Loss Myths
It’s world of contradiction and confusion. Particularly when the topic is Health and Fitness. It’s not your fault if you don’t believe what I’m saying. Because everyday these statements are changing. But I must say what I know to be true. And it’s your choice whether you believe it or not. I’ll be honest with you. Everybody is unique. So, everyone’s method to achieve optimum health and fitness should be unique as well. This is where all the contradiction origins. Experts write and publish whatever they’ve got success with. But the problem arises when they prescribe same health and fitness solution to everybody. Because, whatever they suggest, can never be applicable to all. I’ve listed up some popular beliefs that are not correct when it’s about fat loss or weight loss. You can believe me. Because as far as I know, what I’m writing is truth.
Myth-1: Cardio is better than strength training.
This statement is ages old. It is already well known to most people looking for losing weight that this is not right. There are many ways for fat loss, but not all are healthy solutions. Fat loss can never be the only solution. Keeping a good health is also essential. Follow the below guidelines to keep yourself on the right track while losing weight.
- Resistance training is good. Neither too much nor too less. 3 to 4 times a week and at least 30 minutes per hour is found to be very effective. Some of the famous and effective workouts are squats, dead lifts, lunges, military presses, chins etc.
- You are not going to eat low carb or low fat or high protein diet. If you are a meat eater, you don’t have to be vegetarian. You are going to eat nutritious food which suits your metabolism the best.
- Water is life. You are going to drink a lot of water. The term “a lot” means no less than it’s required as per your body weight.
- You must manage your stress. You can use meditation, yoga, martial arts specially Aikido, music, playing with kids. Remember, stress plays a very important role in weight loss. Once you have control over your stress level, you are ready to start losing weight.
Myth-2: You have to take Low Calorie or Low Fat Diet to lose weight.
Calorie has a role in weight loss. But this is not all. You must understand that calorie supply is mainly the job of dietary carbohydrate. When you lower your calorie intake less than a particular level, your metabolism slows down. Ultimately, your body stops burning fat. So, the energy will be supplied from burning muscles which you don’t want. You are going to concentrate on proper nutrition while keeping an eye on calorie. That’s good enough for losing fat.
Too much junk food is not healthy at all whether you are obese or not. If you are habituate to take junk food every day, reduce it. Start replacing it with healthy foods, fresh fruits, and above-ground vegetables. Start work out plan. Stop running too much as it hurts your joints and doesn’t burn much calorie. Start walking more and more in higher speed. Gym is good when you have a trainer with you.
Myth-3: Fat loss pills can boost your metabolism
Fat loss pills will increase heart rate temporarily, reduce your appetite. So you must be thinking that less appetite and less eating means fat loss. Sorry to say, you are wrong and you are bringing harm to yourself in the long run. Once you eat less below a certain level, you decrease metabolism. Eventually you are slowing down fat loss process. Also, you are soon going to be addicted to those pills.
In short, strength training, drinking enough water and eating organic nutritious foods are the only solutions to boost your metabolism.
Myth-4: Abdominal Crunches Reduce Belly Fat.
This is well known myth and I’ll be straight forward. Tummy fat is not like the fat in other parts of your body. Doing abs exercises like Crunches and Sit-Ups don’t work for losing tummy fat and building six pack abs. When you are suffering with tummy fat, crunches and sit ups will strengthen the belly muscles and will push the belly fat up. As a result, you’ll see your belly growing.
Proper nutrition and whole body work out is the only solution to losing tummy fat.
Myth-5: Losing fat from thighs can be done with Endurance Training:
To tell the truth, you’ll have to make several trial and error for this. Because earlier it worked with some and also it didn’t work with some people. So, my suggestion is try for a few months. If you see success, carry on and keep record of your success to understand the rate of fat loss from thighs.
Thighs may be fat because of hormonal imbalance. Too much oestrogen might be a reason for this. If this is the reason for you, I suggest you to seek for expert advice. A personal trainer with a proven track record can give you a good advice to get rid of fat from lower part of your body.