Once again, it has come to The my attention that
there are a lot of misinformed people out there. I'm not entirely sure
from where this glut of non-knowledge is originating, nor do I want to
point fingers. I have my suspicions about various publications.
Nevertheless, be prepared for the latest soapbox ranting in
attempt to clear the air and bring some enlightenment to the poor
Order To Lose Fat, You Need To Eat Less
the surface, this may seem correct, but let's really think about it for a
minute. Given, in order to lose fat, the calories ingested must be less
than the calories expended. But (pun intended) there are loopholes to this
grand axiom in that there are many ways to accomplish this calorie
imbalance. When you exercise, you burn calories. On a simple level, if you
are burning more than you?re eating, you will lose fat.
muscle is active, and fat is inert, the metabolic rate (metabolism, the
rate at which you burn calories) is basically determined by the ratio
between fat- and lean-bodyweight. The more muscle you have, the higher
your metabolism. So, you can burn more fat by adding more muscle. In order
to add more muscle, you need to eat more. Again, simply put, you can
actually lose fat by eating more.
Order To Lose Fat, You Need To Do Lots Of Cardio
Again, this seems right. But look at it
this way: When you exercise, you burn calories. Now where these calories
come from is the basis as to whether you will lose fat or muscle. Without
going into a tremendous amount of science, let?s take for granted, that
the body prefers protein sources over fat for its fuel. Muscles are made
of protein. If you are not ingesting enough protein in your diet, and you
do an extreme amount of cardio, the body may feed on its muscle and you
will lose lean bodyweight. (Just look at Olympic-class runners - very lean,
but very little muscles, too.) Now when you lose too much lean bodyweight,
what happens to your metabolism? It takes a nose-dive. Then what? Well, my
fluffy friend, the two-thousand calories a day that used to make you lose
weight, is now causing you to gain fat! Hmmmm?
Order To Lose Your Belly, You Need To Do Lots Of Sit Ups
a little earlier we established that when we exercise, we burn calories.
Let's assume that we really nailed our nutrition plan, so these calories
are going to come from the stored fat in our bodies. But, exactly
where is the fat going to "burn off" first? Good question. The real
answer, though, is in saying where it will not come from first.
When you perform bicep curls, a lot, and heavy, to the point that your
body is using calories, you, according to the logic above, are burning
fat. Are you burning the fat only on your biceps? Of course not. The body
does not care where it gets the fat to burn, and doing a particular
exercise for a particular area does not guarantee that the fat burned will
come from that area. Again, plain and simple. Following that truth, does
performing a lot of sit-ups burn the fat off your middle? No way. Well,
maybe it will, but not just off your middle. It's going to come off
pretty much everywhere. There are certain reasons pertaining to biology,
anatomy, body types, etc, that dictate where the fat comes from first, and
how much where, but generally speaking, it's going to come off everywhere.
The same logic would apply to the various electronic muscle-stimulating
devices that are flooding the infomercials. Go, ahead, give yourself some
electronic stimulation. It may be a great way (I doubt it) to exercise and
tone your abs. But that is not going to guarantee that the flab is going
to come off of them. About the only thing that it is going to
guarantee, is that you spent too much. So, what's the best way to get the
flab off of a certain area, and only that area, of your body?
Are Bad For You
should know by now that almost any generalized statement is a lie, and
subject to my attack. Our bodies need carbs (technically "carbohydrates")
to exist. They are one of the preferred fuel sources for energy.
Certain carbs, eaten under specific conditions (i.e.,
starchy white carbs eaten less than three hours before bedtime) may cause
you to gain or hold onto extra weight, but certainly, by no means are all
carbohydrates bad for you.
Pasta Makes You Fat
Being Italian, I have to wholeheartedly
object to this. Eating pasta, in itself, does not make you fat.
Overeating, (anything) makes you fat. Period.
Water With Meals Makes You Bloated And Retain Fluid
when water is ingested has no effect. And drinking too little water
actually causes water retention.
Is Bad For You
See Myth #4 above. The same logic
applies. But apply it to saturated and unsaturated fats. Take unsaturated
whenever there is a choice.
Weight Fast Is The Best Way
You should know better. Losing weight
fast usually means losing water and lean weight. Losing water weight in
itself is harmless, but not even close to permanent. You will gain it all
back very quickly as soon as the body re-hydrates itself. Losing lean
weight, on the other hand, is counter-productive. As we saw above, losing
lean weight will in turn lower your metabolism, and we know what comes
next. (See #1 and #2 above).