The Truth Behind These 5 Fitness Myths

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What you are about to read are the top 5 myths that I find most people that contact me for personal training and a body transformation fall for.

Don’t waste your time on these:

5 Fitness Myths:

Myth 1: Looking for fat loss in a supplement/pill.

We are bombarded just about daily with ads and commercials that make compelling claims about the power of diet pills. It’s so tempting! BUT…don’t fall for it. The ‘magic pill’ has yet to be discovered. I know we all want that “extra” edge…and we also want to make things easier. But nothing beats hard exerciseand supportive nutrition. These pills are called “supplements” for a reason. They are meant to SUPPLEMENT proper diet and consistent workouts. They can boost your efforts, NOT make up for slacking on them. Without eating right, diet pills are more likely to burn your pocketbook than to slim you down.

Tip: Your hierarchy of fat-loss fitness is 1) Diet, 2) Exercise (strength training with the inclusion of smart cardio)…then 3) Supplement

Myth 2: Starve the pounds away. 

Attempting to lose weight by cutting your calories too low and starving yourself is not only ineffective, it’s also dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll destroy lean muscle tissue, disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.

Tip: Don’t starve yourself – – instead eat healthy small meals throughout the day.

Myth 3: Do extra crunches to flatten your abs.

We all want our midsection to look toned as we stroll down the beach, but excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tight abs. You can’t spot reduce through an exercise. Think of fat as one unit that covers the whole body (although it sits differently in different areas). You have to work fat as that one unit by burning it uniformly…through (you guessed it) proper diet and exercise. In order to achieve a lean look you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your abs.

Tip: Don’t obsess about crunches – – instead focus on fat burning.

Myth 4: Eat packaged diet foods for speedy results. 

It is amazing to see the kinds of foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss‘ aids. More often than not these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need.

Tip: I’m all for convenience, but it’s just as convenient to eat wholesome foods.

Myth 5: Avoid all carbohydrates in order to slim down.

Although there is some merit to the disdain, carbohydrates have been given a overly bad rap. Truth is, with the right food choices, the correct amounts, and precise timing, you can (and should) eat carbs while losing weight. The key is to stick with non-processed carbs such as fruits, oats, sweet potatoes/yams, quinoa and brown rice while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars. A serving size is roughly the size of your fist. AND…the two best times to include carbs is when your body will be naturally low in glycogen – – 1) for breakfast and 2) post-workout.

Tip: Don’t swear off all carbohydrates – – instead follow the 3 rules of type, timing, and serving size.

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