For as long as the world spins round, the whole population will always gush over fat loss. Over the last few years the topic has gained even more ground, mainly courtesy of the magazines which throw beach bodies in front of our eyes at any and every opportunity.
Unfortunately, the obsession with keeping to a low body fat percentage results in a lot of misinformation being published. With so many people retaining an interest in the topic, it means that some untruths sneak through the net and the situation becomes a little more clouded.
Therefore, we’re going to debunk some of the worst-offending fat loss myths. Sure, it would be easiest to send you in the sensible direction of fat burners or another form of supplement to accelerate your progress, but for the purposes of today we’re going to just focus on the bad pieces of advice.
Myth #1 – Quit carbs as soon as the afternoon arrives
This is one of those myths that has sneaked up on us over the years, and many of us immediately believe it. The theory is that your body will stop tapping into your carbohydrates as an energy supply when you sleep, meaning that they will quickly be turned into fat.
Well, it just doesn’t work like that. If you overload on carbs, the above might happen. But in the vast majority of diets, your body isn’t going to suddenly switch off in the afternoon and start accumulating fat. As soon as you reach REM sleep your metabolism increases, so you really don’t have to worry about the carb-factor as you snooze.
Myth #2 – You’ve got to be on the treadmill 24/7
Firstly, cardio certainly isn’t a bad thing. We’re certainly not trying to preach that message here.
All we’re trying to say is that you don’t necessarily need to kill yourself on the treadmill if you are looking to cut your waistline. It’s nowhere near as efficient as a proper diet, so if you are looking for the fastest way, you simply need to watch what you eat.
To put the above into perspective, the typical person will burn 100 calories when they walk a mile. They would need to walk 35 miles to burn off one pound of fat and in simple terms, this just isn’t a sustainable method.
Eating properly is easier, faster and will just keep you in a better state of health.
Myth #3 – Avoid fruit
This next myth almost borders on the ridiculous, particularly as fruit has always (and will always) be known as a healthy food.
However, before we start criticizing the people who conjured up this myth, the thought process behind it is at least understandable. Many people believe that the fruit contains too much sugar and as we all know, sugar is associated with fat storage.
The argument against this is fruit is exceptionally low in calories. As any dietician will tell you, calorie intake is the biggest problem for people who are piling on the pounds. In other words, you’re not going to get fat just because of your love of strawberries.