Top 5 Fat Loss Myths

There is glut of information on the web with regard to fat loss. Here are my top five fat loss myths de-coded for you.

1.Spot reducing is possible.

It is physically impossible to spot reduce. Body fat is reduced all over and usually the place you want it to come off is the last place it does. I once heard some one say, “If spot reduction really worked, then chewing gum would give you a skinny face.”

2. Abdominal exercises will flatten your stomach.

Muscle is muscle, and fat is fat. It’s true that muscle helps you burn fat, but no matter how many abdominal exercises you do, if you have fat surrounding your abdomen, the exercises will not make it disappear.

3. The bathroom scale is a good way to track weight loss.

No, the proof that you are actually losing weight is in your pants! If your pants are getting looser and your shirt’s a little baggy (especially in the chest area), then you are losing weight.

4. If I exercise, I can eat whatever I want.

If you consume more calories than you burn off in a day, you’ll gain weight. Find a balance between food and exercise. Remember that a pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories, so you need a combination of fewer calories and more exercise to burn off a pound.

5. If I am sweating during my work-out, I am losing fat.

The body sweats in response heat. As your body heats up during exercise, it sweats to cool down. The amount of sweat is related to your body’s ability to maintain a normal body temperature.

As much as we may wish for it, there’s no magic bullet out there that will help you lose weight. If you want to shed unwanted pounds, dedicate time to exercise and watch what you eat. The two go hand in hand. It’s hard work, but the results are worth it for your mind, body and soul.

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