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Jan 12 / Jeremy & Kim

Fat Loss Myths You Need to Know Now

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Fat LossHave you ever been so frustrated with fat loss that you grabbed the scale and screamed at it since it was the only thing you could possibly blame?  After all, you had been doing everything you thought you were suppossed to do.

We are convinced that the biggest reason fat loss is so difficult for so many people is because they are filled with misinformation about how to lose fat.  Below are some of the most destructive fat loss myths you need to know about right now.

Myth: Eating 6 meals a day will keep my metabolism fired up and help me lose weight.

Truth: This myth is based on the idea that your metabolism will increase each time you introduce food into your system, therefore, you burn more calories throughout the day by constantly reactivating your digestive system. Though there is truth in this theory, the amount of additional calories burned is inconsequential.  It is possible to lose weight while eating 6 meals per day as long as your daily caloric intake is less than your body burns in a day.  For many people eating six times per day makes it more difficult to achieve their daily calorie targets, not to mention it is a pain to try to plan out six meals every day.  Staying under your daily calorie target is far more important than how often you eat when it comes to fat loss.

Myth: Long, slow cardio workouts are the best way to burn calories and lose fat

Truth: Long, slow cardio workouts–like running on the treadmill for an hour—do burn calories, but they will also eventually break down your muscles.  They also increase cravings for carbohydrates since your muscles are completely depleted of glycogen.  Eating carbohydrates immediately tells your body to stop burning fat, and the more you eat, the less net calorie loss you experience from your hour spent running. Oh yeah, and long, slow cardio takes up a lot of your time and significantly increases your chance of injury.  There is a better way.  It is called high intensity interval training (HIIT).  HIIT is far superior to long, slow cardio and recent studies prove it.  A new study was just published showing that participants who used HIIT burned twice as much fat as those who only used long, slow cardio.  HIIT works because it causes your body to increase HGH levels which releases fat cells into your blood stream for use as energy.  It will not lead to muscle loss because your body will not release the stress hormone cortisol, it takes less time than long cardio workouts, and it can be done just about anywhere.  Check out our post on HIIT to learn more about how to use HIIT to lose fat.

Myth: You need to be on a low-fat diet to lose weight

Truth:  This is a common misconception that can really inhibit your fat loss.  People think because they want to lose fat that they should not eat fat.  They couldn’t be more wrong.  The best way to lose fat is to stop eating carbohydrates, not fat!  As mentioned above, when your body recognizes carbohydrates are entering its system, it releases insulin which stops your body from burning fat so that it can use up carbohydrate energy first.  In the meantime, any excess carbs your body didn’t need are then stored as additional fat.  Fat, on the other hand has little to no effect on your insulin levels meaning that your body will continue to use fat as its primary source of energy.  A more effective diet would be to limit carbs to under 100 grams per day so that your body quickly uses up all of its carbohydrate energy, then it will turn to burning stored fat all day long.

Myth: You need the newest piece of exercise equipment to lose weight

Truth: You can begin losing weight today with zero equipment.  In fact, one of the most effective fat burning programs out there uses nothing but your own body weight.  These bodyweight workouts require no equipment, no gym membership, and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

Weight loss is a huge money making industry and there are many people out there trying to take advantage of that.  Unfortunately, most products are simply designed to take your money without adding any real value to your health or fitness goals.  If you really want to lose weight you’ll start educating yourself about healthy eating habits, you’ll find a fat loss program that works with your lifestyle, and you make health a habit so that your fat loss gains are sustainable.

Hopefully, the Self Health Atlas can help you out along the way.  Bookmark our website and stop by often.  Let us know how we can help.

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  1. Raymond-ZenMyFitness / Jan 12 2011

    All excellent tips that’s taken me a long time to find they are myths and only set you back on achieving fitness goals.
    Great you are telling people this now and hope they find answers quicker than I did.

    • Jeremy & Kim / Jan 14 2011

      Thanks, Raymond. From your most recent blog post I can tell you’ve found a lot of the answers. Way to go! You look completely ripped.

  2. Good job sorting out fact from fiction. It took me a long time, but I’ve adjusted my workout routine to account for all these myths.

  3. Well I’ve definitely been guilty of believing in all these things in my time. Reading them back now it all seems like the hardest, longest, most frustrating possible route to losing fat and shaping up. You can see why people are put off, so its a good job they are myths!


  4. Kelly-Fitness Overhaul / Jan 18 2011

    It’s funny how the main stream media as well as most gyms have people believing in these myths. It’s refreshing to see people finally learning the truth!


  5. Hey guys, great post! I know I believed each of these myths at one time or another when I was starting out. I really had to educate myself on health and fitness before I started to get results. Switching to HIIT alone has made a huge difference for me.

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