11 Biggest Fitness Lies Ever Told
If you’ve ever walked into GNC and asked about supplements, read a fitness magazine, googled diet/nutrition/training, bought a diet book, watched a diet/fitness guru on late night TV preach about some amazing new exercise machine, If you’ve ever read any one of the many popular bodybuilding or fitness magazines…
THEN YOU’VE BEEN LIED TO!
Are you shocked? If so, then join the club. Honest information about fitness, nutrition, and fat loss is becoming more and more difficult to find, and nearly everyone has been misled at one time or another. I know I have. Heck, I’ve wasted a lot of money on supplements that didn’t do anything but give me “expensive urine.”
So, I want to do something that almost no one else has the guts to do. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to expose the 11 biggest fitness lies ever told. And here we go with Lie #1…….
Lie #1 – True of false….. the only way to get really lean is to “starve” yourself by drastically cutting your calories?
The answer is obviously FALSE!
Most diet programs are very low in calories. Many border on starvation (1200 calories per day is not enough for anybody)!
What most people don’t know is that if you reduce calories by too much, your metabolism will actually slow down, causing you to hold onto stored fat. That is why diets DO NOT WORK! You see, very low calorie diets can actually make you fatter. Don’t you just love the irony? It’s physiologically impossible to achieve permanent fat loss by starving yourself.
Very low calorie diets not only slow your metabolism (burn fewer calories), they can also cause muscle loss. Eventually, a low calorie diet will completely shut down your metabolism. When this happens, the weight loss stops and any increase in calories that follow will cause immediate fat gain. This “rebound effect” is inevitable, because no one can stay on low calories forever.
So, before you start any type of diet program, carefully scrutinize the calorie recommendations. You’ll probably discover that 95% of them have you slash your calories to “starvation” levels. Yeah, an extremely low calorie diet will cause weight loss at first – but it will never work long-term.
The bottom line is when you eat less, your body burns less. When you eat more, your body burns more. It’s the ultimate paradox!
So what does this mean? To lose weight, you need to actually eat more food (healthy food, in smaller portions, spread out over 5-6 meals per day). When you eat more food, you can actually lose body fat because eating keeps your metabolism running smooth and it helps keep nutrients on tap for your body to utilize in the repair of muscle.
The real goal is to not decrease calories, but to increase metabolism – and this is done by eating smaller meals, every 2-3 hours.
You see, the human body is smart – it always strives to maintain a magnificent state of equilibrium: metabolism, body temperature, blood sugar, hormone levels, acid-alkaline balance, etc, are all regulated within a narrow range that your body finds safe and comfortable.
When you cut calories (or take any other drastic measure to create a sudden change such as rapid weight loss), your metabolism automatically adjusts itself to maintain equilibrium and balance. As soon as you’re in danger of starving, your body will quickly adjust your metabolic rate downward like a thermostat, so you burn fewer calories. This is often referred to as “the starvation response.”
The only way to lose fat and keep it off permanently is to reduce your calories slightly and increase your activity greatly. It’s always better to burn the fat than try to starve the fat.
“Dieting is not effective in controlling weight. You can get a temporary weight loss with a diet, but each scheme ultimately gives way to weight gain, and subsequent losses become increasingly difficult. Worst of all, you get progressively fatter on less food. Dieting actually makes you fatter”- Dr. Lawrence Lamb, Author of The Weighting Game
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