Honestly, in all the years I’ve read up on losing weight and keeping it off, I have come across some weird and wonderful cllaims on how fat can be lost. Half the time I don’t know whether to laugh or cry! But on a serious note, it does make me wonder why a lot of people out there wanting to lose weight don’t, if they are being given the wrong information. According to statistics about 46% of men in England are fat compared to 32% of women. It’s a disturbing statistic. But armed with the right information and knowledge, there’s no reason reader why you have to add to that statistic. So let me tackle a few fat loss myths that we’ve all heard and explain why they are just plain nonsense.
Eating fat will make me fat
Ok this one may sound logical but it’s wrong. Studies suggest that the unsaturated fats found in oily fish, nuts and pulses can actually help burn fat because they assist in transporting oxygen to the body’s tissues. The key is to cut calories and eat a balanced diet – 20 to 30 per cent of it should consist of fat.
Eating late at night will pile on the weight
This is my personal bug bear!! A daytime calorie is no different to a night-time calorie. If it was, don’t you think we would be eating all the chocolate in the morning? So forget the silly ‘no eating after 8pm’ rule. The reason why so many believe in this myth is because in the evening people usually grab food that is easy like crisps and other snacks. I often don’t eat until 9pm but it’s usally a chicken stir-fry or fish and vegetables and my weight is in check.
Doing cardio on an empty stomach burns more fat
Some people believe that when the body has no energy reserves (glycogen), it turns to fat to burn as an energy source. But in fact working out on an empty stomach could hamper your weight loss. Studies have shown that people who eat nothing before their workout get tired quicker and end their exercise prematurely.
Snacking makes you fat
Eating snacks throughout the day will actually keep your metabolism fired up. The key is to swap your mid-morning pastry for a cereal bar or fruit instead. If you go hungry, it’ll make your body enter starvation mode and cling on to its fat stores. Snacking will help keep your blood levels stable and the hunger pangs at bay.
Drinking ice-cold water will help you burn calories
Ha you wish! Drinking water will help you fill up for sure, but there’s no scientific research to say drinking cold water will make a difference to your fat loss programme. H2O will stop you confusing dehydration for hunger though, so it’s good to keep your water levels topped up.
Crash diets work
Crash diets may work in the short term but in the long run they can actually make you gain weight. That;s because when you crash diet, you have learned nothing about food and nutrition and once you come off the diet, you’re more likely to over-compensate by gorging on unhealthy food. Crash diets cause your metabolism to slow down so you hold on to fat and burn muscle instead.
Treats should be banned
Deprivation is one of the biggest downfalls of diets failing. If you don’t satisfy your cravings you’re more likely to over indulge when you fall off the bandwagon. By having treats now and then, you will stop feeling you’re on a boring diet and see it more as a lifestyle change. So go ahead have that cake if you fancy it, although it may be a good idea to share it!
So you’ve heard them before and you’ve just read them again, but this time you are much wiser and know not to believe in these silly myths. Here’s to the road to fitness the right way 🙂