You have been warned. Five fat loss myths you may or may not realize…

Group Exercise Director, Marlene Velez-O’Brien says don’t waste your time on these myths . . .

This is a Myth: Diet pills will help you lose fat.

It’s so tempting! The commercials make compelling claims about the power of diet pills, but don’t fall for it. The ‘magic pill’ has yet to be discovered (it has been discovered – exercise. It’s just not in pill form). Diet pills are more likely to damage your health and burn your pocketbook than to slim you down.

Don’t pop a pill! Instead, burn calories with exercise.

This is a Myth: You should starve yourself to lose fat.

Attempting to lose weight by starving yourself is not only ineffective, it’s also dangerous. It may seem that severe calorie restriction would deliver the quickest weight loss, but your body is complex and by doing so you’ll disrupt your metabolism and slow your results.

Don’t starve yourself—instead eat healthy small meals throughout the day.

This is a Myth: Lots of crunches will flatten your abs.

We all want our midsection to look toned as we stroll down the beach, but excessive crunches aren’t the answer for tight abs. In order to achieve a lean look you’ll have to focus on burning off the layer of fat that is covering up your abs. (sorry, it’s true)

Don’t obsess about crunches—instead focus on full body fat burning (nutrition and exercise).

This is a Myth: Eat packaged diet foods for speedy results.

It is amazing to see the kinds of foods that are packaged as ‘diet’ or ‘weight loss’ aids. More often than not these products are packed with refined sugar and other artificial ingredients that your body doesn’t need.

Don’t eat packaged diet foods—instead stick with nutritious whole foods.

This is a Myth: You have to avoid carbs to lose fat.

Carbohydrates have been given a bad rap, which is unfortunate because you can (and should) eat carbs while losing weight. The key is to stick with complex carbs while avoiding processed and refined flours and sugars.

Don’t swear off all carbohydrates—instead stick with wholesome carbs in the proper amount.

 

Now that you know what NOT to do, here’s what you need to DO in 3 simple steps:

DO THIS FIRST: Cut out the junk.

The best way to do this is to start by purging your kitchen. Get rid of sugary, processed and fat-filled foods. Once the junk has been cleared out, don’t buy any more of it. Remember that your Summer body depends on what you eat – don’t eat junk!

DO THIS SECOND: Focus on whole foods.

Replace the junk food in your life with plenty of the following: cooked and raw vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains/beans, moderate amounts of seeds and nuts, lean proteins. Clean eating really is that simple.

DO THIS THIRD: Come train with us.

This is the most obvious step. You’re ready to get into great shape and we are in a unique position to make that happen for you.

Want more guidance?  I’d love to help you! Give me a call at 508-7467448 ext. 25 or e-mail me at marlene@plymouthfitness.com and let’s get you on track.

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