Your body cannot differentiate between intentional calorie deprivation (as in a diet), and starvation. When you dramatically reduce your caloric intake, your body shifts into a protective mode by slowing your metabolism down and holding onto fat (an important energy source) and will start to break down muscle instead for energy. In the beginning of a diet you WILL lose weight by dramatically cutting calories. But it won’t be fat loss, it will be water weight and lean muscle tissue – the exact OPPOSITE of what you want to get rid of. Not only will harsh diets slow your metabolism down to a crawl, causing your initial weight loss to come to a gradual halt, they will also inevitably bring about a “rebound” effect. This rebound will make you even fatter than you were before starting the diet. When you rebound, not only do you generally put on more weight than you actually lost with the diet, your percentage of body fat generally increases.
2. LIFTING WEIGHTS WILL MAKE WOMEN BIG AND BULKY.
This is by far one of the biggest myths there are. It gets passed around continuously and people believe this one the most. As females, we do not have enough of the testosterone hormone to increase muscle size like guys do. Men have 20 times more testosterone levels than we do and for men to increase muscle mass it still takes an incredible amount of effort and correct nutrition to see desired results. The more muscle we have, male and female, the quicker and more effective our metabolisms will be therefore, we can achieve faster fat reductions.
3. CARDIO IS THE BEST WAY TO LOSE FAT!
I see women who spend 4-6 days a week, 40 minutes at a time, on the stepper, treadmill or bicycle who don’t lose weight! I know men who run 4,5 miles a day who have no muscle tone and rolls of fat around their waists.
Not doing any resistance training - Your body is a clever machine, if you’re doing a sustained amount of exercise your body will start breaking down muscle tissue to provide you with the energy you need to complete what you’re doing. However, it’s not really what we want. We want to keep our lean muscle mass as high as we can so keep our metabolism at its best. So the simple answer to see fantastic results is good resistance training as well as correct nutrition with a little cardiovascular work to help improve your health and fitness.
4. PILLS, POWDERS AND SHAKES CAN MAKE YOU THIN.
Fat burners, diet pills, nutritional supplements – you know who gets the most out of these products? The manufacturers and sellers. Some of this stuff is extracted from foods and has a role in nutrition, but it is not a substitute for eating right. Many of the “miracle” drugs you see advertised are exceedingly dangerous to you. Here’s something for you: the next time you see an advertisement in a weight loss magazine for one of these “miracle” products – or if you see an advertisement on TV for one – read or listen to the DISCLAIMERS AND WARNINGS that accompany these ads. A lot of this stuff is dangerous and it has no place in a healthy, permanent weight loss and fitness lifestyle. Sure, if you’re willing to risk exposing your body to these drugs, you might be able to lose some weight – at first. But you will experience no long-term benefits.
5. AB BELTS, THIGH TONERS ETC CAN ‘SPOT REDUCE’ FAT FROM THEM AREAS.
All over the country people are falling for these muscle-specific exercisers for body fat reduction that are advertised on the TV every day. You can’t reduce your waist size by working the abdominal muscles, nor can you reduce your thighs with a thigh exerciser…It’s a scam! The only way to reduce body fat is by combining a precise program of supportive nutrition with the right balance of aerobic and resistance exercise. With the right health and fitness program and a Coach to hold you accountable, you can become a goal-achieving machine. The weight will just peel off – and your firm, toned, attractive body will emerge. Think about it. There is no quick fix, no magic potion, special pill or amazing exercise equipment that is going to suddenly make you fit. It will be down to commitment and determination to stick to healthy eating and a decent training programme and the best way is to have a coach guide you, support you through the hard times (there WILL be hard times) and just be there to help you with any questions or problems you may be facing.
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