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The Biggest Fat Burning Myths You Have Been Fed

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It’s time to take a reality check and update what you know - or think you know - about the fight against fat. According to Health magazine, here are the biggest fat burning myths you’ve been fed for weight loss disaster.


In a recent Heath magazine News & Views section, writer Jennifer Cohen tells readers that in order to really lose fat her advice is “…to cut through the bull and tell you what REALLY works and what doesn’t,” when it comes to losing weight. As such, here is what she refers to as the biggest myths about fat burning.

Fat Myth #1: Cut the carbs, and you’ll lose weight

“Not true,” writes Ms. Cohen who explains that in order to burn fat, you must fuel your body with the calories it needs to achieve high-intensity ranges of exercise.

Good carbs are essential because they are fuel for the body; of which without, you will be running on empty during your workouts. Less fuel means less workout, which results in fewer calories and less fat burned. So while you should forego the processed carbs, don’t cut-out the good carbs too that your body needs.

Here are 4 new low-carb breads for fighting belly fat that you can fuel your body with while losing weight.

Fat Myth #2: Extended moderate exercise burns more fat than high-intensity exercise

While extended moderate exercise can lead to burning calories, there is a metabolic consideration that makes high-intensity exercise a better choice. According to Ms. Cohen, high-intensity exercise causes a more intense “after-burn” that is fueled mostly by fat and can last up to a day or two after your workout. This after-burn fat burn is what leads to sculpting a leaner body.

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Fat Myth #3: Cutting 500 calories a day from your meals equals one pound lost per week

It seems to make sense—if you eat a certain number of calories a day and maintain a constant weight, then your intake and weight are metabolically in balance. So, if you cut back the intake then you should experience weight dropping off without having to add on additional activity or exercise. Oh, if only are bodies were so logical.

As it turns out, the human body reacts to sudden severe calorie restriction by going into what is referred to as “survival mode.” In survival mode, your body will automatically lower its metabolic rate in an attempt to conserve on calories already stored. In other words, less fuel than normal is used to keep your body running.

Ms. Cohen advises readers to not cut so many calories; a better number she recommends is to cut 300 calories from your daily diet. In fact, cutting 300 calories per day will result in more weight loss than if you lowered your calorie intake by 500 calories. That 200-calorie difference will keep your body out of starvation mode and allow you to train harder and keep your metabolic rate elevated for burning fat.

However, if counting calories is not your thing, here is a 5 Bite Diet Plan you can try that promises 15 pounds weight loss in just 1 week.

For more about weight loss myths and facts, here is an informative article about how to lose your belly fat with Dr. Oz's recommendations.

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Reference: Health magazine Dec. 2014