10 Weight Loss Myths
Weight loss myths not only keep you from losing inches from around your waist, they also take from you something that you can’t get back: time. That being said, the following are some of the most common myths held, unfortunately, by far too may dieters.
Myth 1: Working out at high intensity allows you to burn more fat.
When you work out at high intensity, oxidation or burning of fat for energy is minimal. More fat is burned during moderate exercise. This is the reason why for faster weight loss, you should exercise in this so-called fat burning zone.
However, some studies have actually shown that alternating between high and moderate intensity exercises may allow you to burn fat more quickly. This is commonly referred to as interval training. Still, exercising at only high intensity should be avoided.
Myth 2: Take sugar before exercising to raise energy levels.
When you take sugar before you exercise, you will get a quick insulin boost and, because of that, a quick boost of energy. But after this boost, your insulin levels will quickly drop, leading to faster exhaustion.
Myth 3: Gaining weight is just a natural part of aging.
The reason will gain weight as we grow older is because our metabolism slows down. The reason it slows down is because of lack of physical activity. Studies have actually shown that exercise can raise your metabolism. Equally true is that exercise can help you maintain it as well.
Myth 4: Since its fat free you can have actually as much as you want.
If fat were the only nutrient that caused you to gain weight, than this would certainly be true. But the reality is that it is excess calories that causes you to get fat. Even if you cut out all fat in your diet, which you should never do, and you ingested to several calories, you would certainly gain body fat. Period.
Myth 5: Exercising on an empty stomach allows you to burn more fat.
Exercising on an empty stomach not only leads to faster fatigue, it also causes you to burn more muscle in place of fat. To burn fat efficiently, your body needs an ample supply of carbohydrates. In fact, since fat requires carbohydrates for catabolism, it said that in a sense, “fats burn in a carbohydrate flame.”
Myth 6: To avoid cramping, do not drink water when you exercise.
The opposite is true. In addition to muscle overuse, dehydration is also a factor in muscle cramping during exercise.
Myth 7: The best exercise for weight loss is X.
Just about everyone claims that there is an ideal exercise for burning fat– just check out the infomercials on the television. The truth is that there does happen to be an ideal exercise. It just happens to be whichever one that you like doing.
Myth 8: The longer you exercise, the more fat you burn.
After a certain period of time, you burn off the carbs that are needed to help burn fat efficiently. When this happens, your body starts using muscle. Although a small amount of fat is still being burned, more of the energy starts coming from muscle tissue. Plus the longer you exercise, the higher your risk of injury becomes.
Myth 9: Once you stop exercising, muscle will turn to fat.
Muscle can no more turn to fat, as lead to gold. What does occur is that when most people stop exercising, they continue to eat the same amount of food. Since the level of physical activity has actually dropped, the food that was once used to fuel your exercise, is now just stored as fat.
Myth 10: Exercising your abs removes belly fat.
This is probably the biggest myth out there. And it is no doubt fueled by marketers peddling a multitude of abs contraptions on the TV. The only thing that these machines as well as sit ups do is strengthen your abs underneath the fat. Removing the fat requires, not only exercise, but also a proper diet.
These are the main weight loss myths . If you are looking to lose weight, learn these tips to avoid falling into false myths