The truth behind the top 5 fat burning myths

The truth behind the top 5 fat burning myths

We hear a lot advice about how to best lose fat, but there are plenty of myths out there. Stick with us and we'll let you in on the truth to shifting fat:

Myth 1: You need to count calories. With so many variables; your age, weight, height, metabolism, health, how much water you drink – counting calories really is quite a demoralising way to try and shift fat. Eat healthy, fresh, unprocessed foods. Eat lean meat and healthy unsaturated fats. You’ll be just fine!

Myth 2: Eat more often. There’s a myth that the more you eat, the harder your metabolism will work. But you also run the risk of feeling bloated and just overeating in general. Eat when you’re hungry. And eat healthy meals. That’s all.

Myth 3: Step up the cardio. Look, cardio is great for heart health, overall fitness and keeping in shape. But if you’re looking to lose fat, cardio is not going to cut it on its own. You need to build muscle tissue if you’re going to lose fat and you need to stimulate your metabolism to do that. So you need strength training teamed with high intensity cardio to achieve it.

Myth 4: Ditch the fat. There are healthy fats and there are unhealthy fats. A bag of chips isn’t comparable to a couple of avocados – which are very high in fat content. Eating fat makes you feel satisfied, helping you feel full for longer and fuelling your day. So as long as it’s the good stuff, don’t ditch the fats completely.

Myth 5: Keep lifting the same weights. You can keep lifting all you like, but you’ll reach a plateau. If you want to keep building the muscle and losing the fat then you have to put extra stresses on your muscles. That means going bigger, and faster. Shake up your workout with new lifts and you’ll see the benefits.


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

Jim R.
25 July 2017

Jim R.

great myth busting here. The idea that the metabolism works harder to digest frequent food is connected with the idea of negative calorie food. Sadly that is in the 'dream on' category!

Michael A.
25 July 2017

Michael A.

It's all too easy to keep lifting the same weights. as I have always done for years. I am happy with my shape so don't feel I need to keep building on my bulk but I do admit it's almost like I can't imagine doing any other routine with any other weights now.

Lucy C.
19 July 2017

Lucy C.

it does boil down to not eating too much. Huge restaurant portions have distorted our idea of 'too much', as has the culture of constant snacking. I wouldn't advocate 'back to the fifties' for anything else but for these two things, might be worth a go.

Sean S.
12 July 2017

Sean S.

i am so glad the counting calories myth is well and truly rejected now. I know calories count, but obsessing over them (as I have done in my life) is a quick way to eating problems.

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