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Burning Fat: Myths or Facts?

We’ve all heard SO many statements and claims about fat-loss that confuses the public. Here are our top 3 myths that we’ve came across and we intend to provide you with the truth about fat burning (and nothing but the truth!):

1) To lose fat, I cannot eat fat

FALSE: When you consume excessive carbohydrates (sugary food, rice, biscuits etc), your insulin level will spike and fat will mobilise into fatty tissue. A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming fatty acids can boost metabolic health.

Fat isn’t the easiest nutrient to digest, so it sticks around in the digestive system for more time than many other nutrients. That means you feel full longer, and you won’t feel the stomach-growling urge to raid the refrigerator after mealtime. Claims of low-fat/fat-free food products are usually laden with sugar and salt to increase flavour. Choose nuts, avocado, fish oils as your source of healthy omega-3 fats!

*Note: Please do NOT over-stuff yourself with nuts! A handful (1 oz) of nuts = 170 calories!

2) I can lose fat at a particular area (abs/butt/thigh etc)

FALSE: Your fatty tissue is a result of years and years of not-so-healthy eating and lifestyle choices. Your body is built to store fat as fuel and as a buffer and safety zone. When you start exercising, your body will lose fat from all over the body and not just a particular part.

Don’t bother doing a hundred crunches or back extensions: it will never work for localized fat-loss! Do more compound exercises that work more muscle groups! Add more weight to what you are carrying to provide additional external stimulus for your muscle.Your body won’t begin to burn the energy stored in fat cells until your other resources are depleted.

3) I mustn’t do any strength training else I will look fat.

FALSE: Strength training increases your muscle mass and therefore increases your resting metabolic rate to burn fat during rest. Strength training is imperatively mandatory for anyone looking to burn fat and reduce weight.

Doing High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) allows the body to be in the fat-burning zone long after a training session. Your body won’t burn stored reserves of energy, or fat, unless it feels that it needs to. When you exercise for only a few minutes, you’re not burning energy stored as fat; you’re using energy from the food you ate that day. Strength training will get you stronger muscles, a better posture and most importantly, helps you lose that layer of fat under the skin!

 

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