The Biggest Fat Loss Myths EXPOSED!
Jim Pierce - Staff Writer
Not a day goes by when I don't run into someone who's "dieting down" to drop some pounds for the Summer. This past week was no different.
I was at the Park with my kids playing, and of course I took my shirt off as it was 83 degrees out - hot summer weather is always great to me!
Another father came up to me, asking questions on how he could get a set of 6 pack abs as well. He told me he was doing all the right things... "Man, I cut out Beer, I do cardio 45 minutes every other day, and I only drink diet soda."
This brings me to 3 of the Biggest Fat Loss Myths, that not only my new friend was believing, but people still follow to this day.
Here they are:
MYTH #1 - Beer Gives You A Belly
This guy said he cut out beer from his diet!
I almost passed out. How could you cut out something so tasty and expect to live a satisfying life? At 7 calories per gram, alcohol is what scientists call a "non-trivial" calorie source. (A gram of fat has 9 calories, while protein and carbs, including simple sugars, have 4 calories per gram.)
So imagine their surprise when, in a 13-year study of 19,220 people, teetotalers were more likely to become overweight than people who regularly consumed beer, wine or liquor.
In yet another study, research involving over 37,000 non-smokers found that men and women who consumed one alcoholic drink per day three to seven days per week, had the lowest body mass index (BMI). This measurement shows the ratio of height and weight, so the lower the better, to a certain point of course.
The moderate consumption of alcohol is associated with better health and longer life than is either abstaining from alcohol or abusing alcohol. Now, the health benefits of drinking are associated with moderation. Heavy drinking is associated with cirrhosis of the liver, breast cancer, and other health problems. The key word is moderation.
I'll drink to that!
MYTH #2 - Diet Sodas Are an Effective Weight Loss Tool
People who regularly slurp artificial sweeteners are more likely to gain weight, according to a study published in the journal Obesity in 2008. And according to numerous studies published by Dr. Joseph Mercola, the belief that eating artificially sweetened foods and drinking artificially sweetened beverages will help you to lose weight is a carefully orchestrated deception.
So if you are still choosing diet sodas for this reason, you are being sorely misled.
In reality, these diet drinks ruin your body's ability to count calories, thus boosting your inclination to overindulge. Unfortunately, most public health agencies and nutritionists in the United States recommend these toxic artificial sweeteners as an acceptable alternative to sugar, which is at best confusing and at worst harming the health of those who take their misguided advice.
The research clearly shows that drinking diet sodas may double your risk of obesity and that artificial sweeteners can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain.
My "chunkiest" friends always drink diet soda, don't yours?
Opinions are mixed on this and you will probably get some dirty looks from people when bringing this subject up... but if you want to play it safe while tightening your belt, stick to plain, fresh water or have some coconut water (my favorite brand is Taste Nirvana).
MYTH #3 - You Must Do 60 Minutes Of Cardio Daily!
This is the Mother Of All Fat Loss Myths!
Although exercise reduces your cardiovascular risk by a factor of three, too much vigorous exercise, such as marathon running, actually increases your cardiac risk by seven, according to a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010 in Montreal.
This is a powerful lesson to anyone who engages in long-distance cardio exercise, because as it turns out, excessive cardio may actually be counterproductive. Research emerging over the past several years has given us a deeper understanding of what your body requires in terms of exercise, and many of our past ideas about cardio have simply been dead wrong.
Be prepared to take a lot of heat from most 22 year old personal trainers when you say this - because this is in direct contrast to what they've been brainwashed to believe.
I do brief, short and intense workouts 3 to 4 times a week, and I'm the leanest I've ever been. I also know plenty of other people who, after spending years at the gym and countless hours doing cardio (and still looking exactly the same) changed their beliefs, tried something NEW... and now look and feel like a million bucks, with the body to match!
A perfect example of the brief, intense workout to do is a program called 4 Minute Abs written by a guy named Jake Hunter. In his book 4 Minutes Abs he proves the case against cardio and shows men 35+ the real secrets to weight loss without long boring cardio workouts or insane starvation diets.
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