Mostly we hit gym for only one thing, to lose fat. While there isn’t anything wrong with it, however many aren’t efficiently training and struggling to make a real progress. What’s often to blame for such ineffective fat-loss strategies is a whole bunch of half truths and myths. Before hitting gym, hit the reality on High Performance Handbook!
Myth 1 – “training abs hard every day, can help, lose tummy fat and get six-pack abs.”
Science – Six-pack is actually a muscle called Rectus Abdominus, and it is always there. Then why it’s not visible on everybody? It is usually covered with a layer of stubborn fat. No matter you do1,000 crunches 7 days a week, however it don’t burn that layer.
To lose this fat, do monitor your caloric intake and take fewer calories than you burn. Your body will consume stored fat as fuel, and you don’t need to worry about which parts of body the fat will be lost. Ultimately, entire body will get leaner, including that belly.
Myth 2 – “All body fat can be converted into toned muscle through lifting weights.”
Science – It is impossible to turn fat into muscle. Muscle is muscle and Fat is fat, you can’t magically convert it by doing cardio and lifting weights. But, weight training is the easiest to control body shape. The more you have muscle; your body can burn more fats. Remember, though, you can have a lot of muscle, still have fat layer on it. That’s where weight training, cardio, a nutritious and clean diet helps.
Myth 3 – “to lose weight drop your fats and carbs, but keep protein high.”
Science – Carbs and Fats both have a role in fat loss. Fat produces hormone, lubricates joint, and take part in many other essential health and muscle-building aspects. Dropping fats too low will affect your health as well as your fitness goals. Eric Cressy also write in High Performance Handbook. Everyone’s metabolism is different; therefore it’s important to recognize how many grams of good fat you require for a balanced nutrition routine. Carbs also have significant role in fat loss. The body requires glucose to function, and slightly, your brain needs it to function.
Myth 4 – “Eating fat makes you fat.”
Science: Not Fat but consuming too many calories makes you fat. Healthy fat sources omega 3 found in olive and coconut oil, almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, flax seeds and avocados, are part of healthy diet. It help to maintain lean body mass, and improve metabolism.