Fat Loss Myths That Prevent You From Decreasing Your Body Fat
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I was recovering from the latest flu bug going around so it was a little low key for us. We did manage to get up to the lake and relax on the boat though, which truly was just what the Dr. ordered!
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There are so many fat loss myths floating around out there that it was hard to limit my list to only the top few. However, I believe the 3 discussed below pack the biggest punch and, if understood, healthy fat loss can be achieved by anyone.
Myth #1: You can eat whatever you want and as much as you want if you exercise.
Truth: No amount of exercise can make up for a crappy diet. Period.
Consider this example: If you hop on a treadmill and run at 6 mph for 30 minutes you might burn 300 calories.
For dinner that same day you order a large pan cheese pizza from Pizza Hut. One slice of Pizza Hut cheese pizza has 266 calories and 12 grams of fat. How many slices of pizza do you eat? Two? Three? Four? Ok, let’s say you stop at two slices for a total of 532 calories consumed. Thirty minutes of running on a treadmill won’t even negate that! And seriously, who really stops at 2 slices of pizza these days?
Bottom line: what you consume is the single most important factor contributing to fat loss (or fat gain!). You absolutely need to eat clean everyday to see positive results. Exercise does not justify cheating or overconsumption.
Myth #2: Doing abdominal crunches will get rid of your belly fat.
Truth: There is no such thing as spot reduction.
To reveal those washboard abs, you must get rid of the layer of fat covering them. No amount of abdominal crunches is going to do that. You must engage in total body strength training, high intensity cardio intervals, and eat a clean diet to get rid of the fat.
Myth #3: Long, slow bouts of cardio is the best way to burn fat and get in shape.
Truth: Long slow bouts of cardio are a waste of time for fat loss.
Research shows that high intensity interval training is superior to long, slow cardio for fat loss. Not only do you burn more calories DURING your training sessions with high intensity intervals, but you burn more AFTER the exercise session as well, causing you to be burning fat and calories for 24 hours after you stop! It is simply a more highly efficient way to spend your time.
To decrease your body fat, you need to eat clean and get yourself on a strength training and high intensity cardio regime. For some great workouts and weight loss tricks and tips try personal online training.
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