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  5 Myths About Weight Loss



   Researchers work relentlessly on studies that would help shed light on the elements surrounding weight loss. Each year, many new discoveries crop up, and it would help to know the truth behind some of the most commonly held myths:

Myth #1: “I Can Choose To Lose Fat Only In Certain Parts Of My Body.”woman weight loss Myths

   Age, genes, and gender affect the pattern by which we lose fat.

   To be able to reduce the fat on a certain area, your overall body fat should also be reduced.

   Apparently, in men and in some menopausal women, the midsection, thighs, and hips are the areas that accumulate fat first and are also the areas that lose fat last. Exercises such as crunches and sit-ups only exercise the muscles beneath the fat.

Myth #2: “I Avoid Starchy Foods Because They Make Me Fat.”

   Potatoes, pasta, and breads are rich in starch, true; but they are ready-to-use fuel sources.

   They’re all carbohydrates and burn quickly.

   Dietitians suggest that starchy foods make up 60% of our daily diet as only a minute percentage of it is converted into fat. Stay away from the processed carbohydrates, however.

Myth #3: “I Won’t Get Any Calories From Fat-Free Products.”

   Even “calorie-free” products have calories in them, but they are given this label because their calorie content is too little to be consequential – that is, less than 5 calories per serving.

   The US Food and Drug Administration authorizes the use of terms such as “fat-free,” “sodium-free,” or “sugar-free” for products with less than 0.5 g of these substances.

   The downside to these products is that to compensate for the loss of taste due to the removal of fat, they may be packed with extra sugar, and you may end up with a calorie-dense “fat-free” product. It is thus important to check the labels and select products that are low in both sugar and fat.


Myth #4: “More Exercise Reps Mean More Fat Burned.”

   It’s a myth that using a lighter weight and a greater number of reps (15 to 20, 20 to 30, or 20 to 50 reps) in weight training, for instance, can burn more fat than heavier weights with less reps (8 to 12).

   In weight training, during the first few seconds of extreme contraction of the muscles after the initial ATP and CP levels have been utilized, carbohydrates are used.

   An average person in good health may need to perform aerobic exercises for about 20-30 minutes before even 50% fat can be burned, as oxygen is required in the fat-burning process.

   When you do extra repetitions and compromise the intensity, the extra reps may not provide a significant effect which could result in the burning of extra fat.

Myth #5: “It’s Better To Engage In Aerobic Exercises Than To Lift Weights When Trying To Lose Fat.”

   During aerobic exercise, you’ll actually burn more fat, especially when done in combination with a healthy diet.

   However, the benefits may be short-lived.

   In weight or strength training, you’ll feel the effects of a better metabolism even long after you’re done with your workout.

   Weight training is responsible for building muscle mass, which consequently burns a lot of calories. The best regimen for weight loss, therefore, is still a well-thought-out combination of the two.

 
 






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