By Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT
Over the years, I’ve helped literally millions of people burn off fat using proven weight loss techniques. And I’ve also come across a bunch of myths that keep popping up… causing unsuspecting people to hit plateaus… frustrating them to the point that they simply give up and quit.
Well, today I’m going to blow the lid off these myths and share the TRUTH that will keep you from getting bogged down on your road to weight loss. Plus, I’ll share what actually works… so you can burn off fat off more easily and faster than you ever thought possible.
So here you go… the real truth behind the top 5 weight loss myths:
#1 – Eating More Boosts Your Metabolism – Let me set a fact straight for you. Eating more frequently has absolutely no effect on your metabolism. Dozens of research studies have confirmed this fact. However, while eating more doesn’t necessarily mean that your metabolism will be increased, it can still help you lose weight.
The real reason eating more often helps you lose weight is because it helps regulate your blood sugar, which can drastically reduce your cravings. And when your cravings stop, you eat less junky food… and lose more weight.
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#2 – Cardio Helps You Burn More Fat – The fact is, any type of exercise or movement will help you burn more fat than just sitting in a chair all day doing nothing. However, the type of exercise you choose to do can make a dramatic difference on how long it takes to burn off that fat and how long you actually need to exercise.
Here’s the bottom line about cardio workouts: they’re actually one of the slowest and least effective methods for burning fat – even if it is recommended by so many overpaid personal trainers! Want something better? Keep reading…
#3 – Slow Cardio Burns More Fat than High Intensity Training – This myth is actually true, but there’s a monster-sized catch because nobody ever talks about the whole picture. Yes, traditional cardio such as jogging or power walking does burn more fat from your body during the time you actually exercise – because you have to keep at is so long. But it still doesn’t burn nearly as many calories as high intensity interval training (HIIT) does. And burning calories, my friend, is what is going to help you lose weight.
Let me explain. High intensity interval training causes a phenomenon known as “EPOC”, which stands for “Excess Post-Oxygen Consumption.” In simple terms, your body cannot keep up with the energy demands of the exercise so it spends the next few hours – sometimes up to 24 hours – “catching up” on the demand you put on it during your workout.
This process essentially puts your fat-burning on autopilot and ramps up your metabolism for as much as 24-48 hours after you’re done exercising! Compare that with slow cardio whose benefits stop as soon as you do. So ask yourself… would you rather have an hour of hard work burning fat, or two days of automatic weight loss after a five or ten minute workout?
#4 – The More Exercise You Do, the Better – Think of your metabolism like a regular car. If you’re driving and decide to rev your engine by putting your foot to the floor, your car will receive a burst of speed – for a little while. Keep the pedal to the metal long enough though and your car engine will explode. Same thing with your body if you exercise too hard and too often.
Yes, you want to exercise hard… for brief periods of time. Then give your body the rest it deserves. This not only keeps your metabolism at peak levels but helps your body remain injury-free!
#5 – The Best Way To See Your Abs Is By Doing Sit-ups – I think I lost count of how many times I heard this myth my first year as a personal trainer. Now, please listen… sit-ups are NOT the magic pill to help you see your abs. The #1 most important factor dictating whether or not you can see your abdominal muscles is the amount of fat you have covering those muscles. The only exception to this rule would be someone who already has virtually zero fat over their abs. If this is you, then sit-ups might help.
If you want to see your abs, and you can still pinch the skin over your abdominal muscles, what you need to work on is losing those last few pounds through high intensity interval training with full body conditioning exercises and healthy eating… not a bunch of sit-ups which do little more than lead to muscle imbalances and lower back pain.
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So, here’s the bottom line. For the average person, simply getting the right information about losing weight and exercising – then following that information to a “T” is all you need to finally lose the weight you’re trying to drop. Look, most of the information you can find on losing weight today is absolutely false. Remember, if the typical weight loss information you find on the Internet or in your grocery store checkout line was true, 64% of Americans wouldn’t be overweight!
Written By: Updated: August 23,2010