There are several questions that my clients often ask about when they start their health and fitness journey.
Generally, they are confused by fitness myths and conflicting opinions.
You have heard these fitness myths over and over again and you want to understand why exactly they are myths and should be ignored.
By the end of this blog you will have a clear understanding of fitness fact and fitness myths.
We have all seen them. Belly Busting workouts, Thigh Trimming Exercises, the lot. The truth is you cannot tell your body where to lose fat from first.
To lose fat you need to be in a calorie deficit, it takes a deficit of around 3500 to lose 1lb. You cannot choose where this fat loss will take place.
If you do all lower body workouts you will get better bang for your buck (as the muscles are larger and require more energy) however there is no guarantee that’s where the fat will go from.
Actually, it is more than likely to come from the place you LEAST want it to. (just going by what my female clients say!)
If you want to reduce fat around your stomach the best way to do this is to consistently be in a calorie deficit and complete workouts that have many compound movements (Deadlifts, Bench Press, Squat Presses) which use lots of major muscle groups.
Using your body as a tool is also a great way to burn fat; burpees, mountain climbers and squat jumps will get your heart rate up quick and torch calories fast.
Exercise more if fat loss stalls
This is not actually always the case. As your body loses body fat your calorie requirements also change.
It is important to re-evaluate your calories and training schedule as your body changes.
Exercise isn’t always the answer either; if your fat loss is stalling there are several factors which could be contributing to this.
Nutrition would be your first port of call; is your protein intake sufficient? Are you tracking accurately?
Other questions to think about are; are you getting plenty of rest and sleep? Are you getting enough water? Are your stress levels high? Could your menstrual cycle be a factor?
So instead of pushing yourself even harder in the gym, get smart and evaluate your previous week (s). It may be something really simple or you might need to have a closer look.
Fat loss plateaus can always be explained; you just have to work out exactly what it is.
The answer is not to order in a Dominoes and feel sorry for yourself, or skip your workouts as you don’t think they matter.
Sweating more means you will lose more weight
I wish it did, but sadly it doesn’t.
Sweating is the natural way for your body to help cool itself during exercise or in hot temperatures.
How much you sweat doesn’t mean you will lose more weight. It just means you sweat more are lose more water weight at that time. Once you rehydrate that water weight will be regained and will not affect your real weight. Any real weight loss will come from what you are doing to make yourself sweat and being in a calorie deficit.
Wearing a sweat suit or going to a sauna will help you lose weight fast, but its water weight as we have mentioned. It will also severely dehydrate you so it is not a safe way to lose weight. Plus, as soon as you drink water you will replenish that loss!
You can only start on a Monday
Every Sunday Facebook is full of statuses of people talking about getting back on track on Monday.
Why wait until Monday?
When they know they’ve “overdone it” on Friday night, instead of taking action straight away they feel they Monday is the only day to start a fitness and health plan.
The best time to start is right away.
If you are unhappy with your weight or fitness levels – why delay your happiness?
You can start working out any day of the week.
You can start your healthy eating at your very next meal.
Monday may be the start of the week but if you keep putting things off or seeing the week as a time to be ‘good’ and the weekends allow for less than ideal choices you will always be stuck in the vicious circle of gaining and losing the same weight over and over again.
If you are truly ready to lose weight and get healthier and fitter, you won’t want to wait another second longer than you have to.
There will always be wild claims and faddy diets, which will make up rules to fit their needs and make you feel that without their product or special diet you cannot get results.
Try and do a little research or ask a qualified expert for their opinion to sift through the myths and the facts for you.
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* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Fitness LTD