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Many weight loss schemes have been proposed and followed in the last 30 or so years. You may have heard, or even followed some of these schemes yourself. One person I know skipped breakfast in an effort to lose weight.
Many fat loss schemes are downright myths which need to be exposed. I think the reason many of these fat loss myths gain traction by so many people is that they seem so "logical."
Your body, however, doesn't follow simplistic mathematical logic -- skip a meal, total calories reduced, ergo, weight loss. God made your body to survive. You reduce calories too much and your body will sense starvation and make up those calories another way.
Myth #1: Cutting calories will make you drop weight.
Cutting calories doesn't work because your body has a built-in intelligence. For example, if you drop your calories too low and grow hungry, your body reacts as if it's starving and does everything it can to preserve fat. And whether you eat 500 calories or 5,000 calories a day, you'll gain weight if you don't eat the right kinds of calories.
For example, a starchy carb calorie is not the same as a protein calorie or a fat calorie. Your body "counts" them in completely different ways. Take a French fry, for example. That's almost the same as eating table sugar. And the excess sugar of starches and carbs is what spikes your blood sugar and eventually gets stored as fat.
But a burger, on the other hand, is filled with protein - an essential form of fuel. So when you eat protein your body uses this energy source to function at its best - and actually melt fat. That's why it's not about eating fewer calories, it's about eating the right stuff.
Two patients of mine demonstrated this better than any study I've ever read. One patient, S.T., was trying to gain weight. He ate from 4,500-5,000 calories a day of mainly high-protein foods. And you know what? He dropped six pounds.
But L.S. on the other hand was trying to drop weight. He cut more than 600 calories a day from his diet, exercised five days a week, and still ended up gaining four pounds.
Myth #2: Cutting back on fat will make you drop weight.
Eating fat doesn't make you fat. But eating the wrong kinds of fat will. Our bodies need fat to absorb vitamins. In fact, vitamins A, D, E, K and CoQ10 cant even be absorbed without fat. And when you deprive yourself of fat, you eat more carbs. And thats what really makes you fat.
One study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that people who ate low-fat diets showed no improvement in body composition, blood sugar, insulin levels, or blood pressure.
The key to fat loss is NOT to deprive yourself of the fatty foods you were born to eat. You just need to make sure you eat the right kinds of fats in the right ratios.
Myth #3: Long cardio workouts lead to fat loss.
The exercise industry has been spoon-feeding this lie to you for years. They tell you that spending long hours pounding away at the treadmill
at the gym is what you need to do to melt fat. But they've got it all wrong. Melting fat while you exercise tells your body to make more fat to
melt the next time you exercise. And after a while, your body gets very good at doing just that. And before you know it, you've hit a plateau.
No matter how many hours you spend at the gym or how grueling your workouts are ... you can't drop the pounds. That's why the key to lasting
fat loss exercise is to melt fat after you exercise - not while you work out.
Source: Al Sears, MD, Wellness Research & Consulting, Inc.
11903 Southern Blvd., Ste 208
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411 USA