5 Fat loss myths

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The idea is to talk about some of the most popular myths about diet, exercise and body fat loss.

DATE: February 2021
AUTHOR: Rui Madeira | Health

There are many myths and false truths about how to lose body fat, mainly related to diet and exercise. If it is true that the only secret to losing those extra pounds and achieving a healthy weight and condition is to change your habits through a balanced diet and regular exercise, the myths about weight loss are still very much present in our culture and many of them, became authentic urban legends.

When it comes to losing weight, it is best to consult experts, both in the nutrition and training area. Only then can your goals be achieved in a healthy and controlled manner.

In addition to having expert guidance, it is important to detect the most typical phrases or most established myths about weight loss and thus avoid falling into the trap.

CARDIO IS THE ONLY SOLUTION TO LOSE ACCUMULATED FAT

The myth that only cardio training helps you lose weight is one of the reasons why many people train only on the treadmill or elliptical trainer. But the reality is different. The most recommended formula to get rid of excess accumulated fat is to combine cardiovascular exercises with functional and toning exercises.

Cardio will help you burn calories while toning training will be responsible for not losing muscle and maintaining an ideal state.

IT IS NECESSARY TO ELIMINATE CARBS

Another of the most established myths about weight loss is the idea that carbs must be eliminated from the diet to lose weight. The body obtains most of the energy it needs through carbs, being an essential food for a balanced and healthy diet. However, like everything else, too much can stop the loss of body fat.

It's simple, if more energy (carbs) is consumed than burned, the body will store it in case you need it later. And it does this in the form of body fat. That is why some "miracle diets" completely eliminate carbs from your diet, but it is not convenient to "demonize" them, since they fulfill an essential function in our body, such as energy intake.

RM Trainer recommends controlling your intake and, above all, focusing on the healthiest carbohydrates or those that provide the body with more nutrients, for example, replacing refined products such as white pasta, pasta or rice with their integral versions.

CONSUMING VEGETABLE DRINK INSTEAD OF COW MILK HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT

Are vegetable drinks fattening less? The answer is no! Opting for a herbal drink instead of cow's milk has no health-promoting effect and loss of body fat. On the contrary, it can cause calcium deficiency and increase the intake of sugars, fats or salt.

PHYSICAL EXERCISE OFFSETS A POOR DIET

The practice of physical activity will in no case serve to counter a poor diet or compensate for a high caloric intake. As much as one practices physical exercise, if it is not complemented with a balanced and healthy diet, it can even cause the opposite effect and end up increasing the weight. Therefore, it will be recommended to follow a diet based on the consumption of fruits and vegetables, reducing the consumption of meat and avoiding the intake of sugars and unhealthy fats.

EATING AT NIGHT INCREASES THE CHANCES OF GAINING WEIGHT

The belief that eating at night makes you fatter than at any other time of the day is one of the most established myths. However, it is not so. To achieve a healthy weight, you do not need to skip the meal. The key is in the ingredients and the quantities!

Therefore, if you select well (in quality and quantity) what you will eat for dinner, you should have no problems with increasing your body fat.

It is a matter of mathematics, our body is activated based on the energy we provide through the calories we eat throughout the day. If you spend more than you eat you will lose weight. If on the other hand you ingest more energy than you spend then guess the result ...

Therefore, the most advisable to avoid weight and fat gain is to avoid overeating and to eat in a balanced and healthy way, besides obviously combining a regular physical training routine.